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Social Traders is looking to continue supporting ST certified social enterprises, our Business & Government Members and other stakeholders during this turbulent time. Stay abreast of our updates during COVID-19 here.

COVID-19 stimulus package summary
Social Traders has summarised Federal and State Government stimulus packages, as well as forms of non-financial assistance that may have relevance for social enterprises. We will seek to keep this updated as new stimulus is announced. Learn more
Coronavirus Support and Resources for Social Enterprises
Social Traders has summarised a range of COVID-19 related support services and resources for social enterprises, covering areas such as managing your people, legal, strategy, business planning, innovating your business model. Learn more
Helping social enterprise respond to COVID-19
One of our priorities during this turbulent time is working with government and other partners to assist social enterprises. Here we provide some key issues for social enterprise to consider around working with customers and accessing supports. Learn more
Social Enterprise Innovations
Despite the tremendous pressure social enterprises are currently experiencing, some are finding ways to shift their businesses and adapt to the current environment. There is space for innovation as we all move from business as usual to the new normal. Notwithstanding the challenges inherent to innovating in a rapidly changing environment, where they can, some are able to take a pragmatic approach to offer new iterations of their products and services. Buying from social enterprises is important now more than ever. Learn more
Probono support for social enterprises
Social Traders has launched a probono support service for all our certified social enterprises, to help you navigate the impacts of COVID-19. We’re collaborating with industry mentors and a range of partners, including Social Impact Hub, Westpac Foundation, Minter Ellison, EY and PwC to bring you free advice and consulting support. Through the service you can access support from experts across financial modelling, scenario planning, board composition review, strategy, legal advice on government packages and pivoting your business model. Learn more
Planning tool to help businesses reopen and be COVIDSafe May 12, 2020
The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission has created an online planning tool to help business develop a plan to keep their workers, customers and the community safe as they reopen or increase their activities in the weeks and months ahead. Learn more
Wondering how COVID-19 has impacted demand for social procurement?
Listen in to our webinar with our very own Sam & Rebecca, to learn what we’ve been seeing and hearing about the impact of COVID-19 on social procurement demand in the Social Traders marketplace. You’ll hear updates across all buyer sectors, emerging opportunities for social enterprises and top tips on how to respond. Learn more
Leading a social enterprise through a time of uncertainty – keeping employees engaged.
Do you have questions about keeping employees engaged, motivated and informed, given all that is going on right now? Organisational coaches Elise Sernik and Sarit Vandegraaff from Leadership Space provide useful tips and techniques to help you manage and lead your people now and into the future. Learn more
How the JobKeeper Payment works for social enterprises
The JobKeeper Payment, do you understand how this works for your social enterprise? Rob Lockhart from the Davidson Institute talks to experts Brendan Tegg, Principal of TG Endeavour and Jacquie Seemann, Employment Partner at Thomson Greer Lawyers, to discuss the new legislation, how it works, and answer any questions you may have. Learn more
Social enterprise innovation – lessons learnt from the COVID-19 crisis.
In our third webinar we talk to Cindy Carpenter, Chair of The Bread and Butter Project, who shares the remarkable story of their business transformation in just two weeks. Learn more
Leveraging your social purpose to manage workplace stress
Many social enterprises have identified maintaining the wellbeing of their people as a significant challenge given COVID-19. Jessica Cranswick, registered psychologist and Senior Manager at EY shares tips and tricks to help you build resilience and identify ways you can strengthen your team’s wellbeing, as well as your own. Learn more
Roadmap to recovery for social enterprise
This recording focuses on practical considerations and ideas for how social enterprises may be able to position themselves to grow through the recovery phase of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Learn more
Social enterprise collaboration during a crisis
Now more than ever we need to work together and make the most of opportunities to grow the social enterprise sector. Hosted by Social Traders, this video gives you the chance to hear directly from three leaders who share their experiences and learnings. Learn more