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 is a ground-breaking study 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.

Map for Impact seeks to improve and expand on government support for Victorian social enterprises and to position Victoria’s social enterprises as national leaders in driving employment participation and inclusive economic growth. It was commissioned by the Victorian Government as part of its Social Enterprise Strategy.

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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 go to: 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 go to: Get Certified.


Article: How social enterprises are building a more inclusive Australian economy

By Erin Castellas and Jo Barraket Social enterprises employ twice the rates of Australians with disability and female managers as mainstream small businesses. Our study of Victorian social enterprises also found 12% of jobs are held by previously long-term unemployed people (those who have been out of work for more than 12 consecutive months), and 2% by […]

Article: Victorian Social Enterprises Boosting Economy with Inclusive Workforce

ProBono Australia feature the Map for Impact project in an article entitled Victorian Social Enterprises Boosting Economy with Inclusive Workforce.

Media Release: Victoria is Australia’s Social Enterprise Champion

A new report detailing the impact of the growing Social Enterprise sector has found that Victoria’s 3,500 social enterprises contribute more than $5.2 billion to the Victorian economy. Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll visited the offices of The Big Issue – one of Australia’s largest social enterprises – to learn more about their […]