Map for Impact tells us there are at least 3,500 social enterprises in Victoria, employing people from diverse backgrounds and contributing $5.2 billion to the state economy


Map For Impact

Map for Impact was a ground-breaking study conducted in 2017 to identify and map Victoria’s social enterprises and explore their social and economic characteristics.

As part of the wider economy, Victorian social enterprises have historically played an important role in delivering services, fostering economic participation and contributing to social innovation. Australia has a strong history of enterprising third sector organisations – including not for profits, cooperatives and mutuals – delivering goods and services in response to community needs.

The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne was commissioned by the Victorian Government as part of its Social Enterprise Strategy to further understand the role of social enterprises across Victoria, considering their size, characteristics and baseline impacts.

Download the 2017 report

Map for Impact has since been listed in the Victorian Government’s Social Procurement Framework and remains an important resource to position Victoria’s social enterprises as national leaders in driving employment participation and inclusive economic growth.

Whilst the live map captures a snapshot of social enterprises from 2017, new enterprises must now request to be added to the map.

The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne currently maintains Map for Impact and screens new applications. You can apply here to put your social enterprise on the map.

Further resources for social enterprises

Government and business buyers seeking to increase impact through their procurement can access a network of certified social enterprises and specialist social procurement services from Social Traders. To find out how to become a Social Traders Buyer visit Buy Social.

Social enterprises seeking to win work from governments and businesses can access Social Traders expanding network of buyers by becoming certified and joining the growing community of social enterprise suppliers. To find out how to become a Social Traders Certified Supplier visit Get Certified.

Social enterprises interested in networking and learning opportunities within the social enterprise community can access SENVIC.


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