Welcome to the Home of Social Enterprise in Queensland.

The Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) exists to support a vibrant, innovative and capable social enterprise sector in Queensland that is sufficiently resourced to achieve high social, cultural and environmental impact.

 What is a social enterprise?


Video by QSEC social enterprise member - Aid Worthy

A social enterprise is a business that:
  • Has a social mission embedded in the DNA of the business to directly address social, cultural and environmental needs; rather than indirectly through socially responsible business practices such as corporate philanthropy, equitable wages and environmentally friendly operations.
  • Is an enterprise deriving a majority of their revenue through trade of socially and environmentally sustainable products and/or services; rather than through grants, donations or gifts.
  • Invests the majority of expenditure and/or profit to fulfil their mission.
Learn more about starting your own social enterprise.


How can you support social enterprise?


What if changing the world was as easy as popping to the shops?

Social enterprises are businesses created to do good.  They come in many forms, from coffee shops to law firms, but each one exists to help solve a problem in our community. 

Every time you make a purchase from a social enterprise, you’re supporting locals working hard to make the world a little bit better.


Explore our fantastic Queensland social enterprises in the Directory.


Find out what's happening in social enterprise in your Region.


Browse the Queensland Social Enterprise marketplace.


How do you start a social enterprise?



Congratulations on thinking about starting a social enterprise!

"Social enterprises take a long time to get going. You should expect the research and development process to take at least six to twelve months before you come close to starting your social enterprise. It will probably take another three or four years before your social enterprise covers its own costs." (Social Ventures)

But don't worry! We have pulled together some fantastic videos and resources to help get you started on your journey to social entrepreneurship.

Learn more


Who is the Queensland Social Enterprise Council? (QSEC)


Video by QSEC social enterprise member - Aid Worthy

Empowering Impact

QSEC is a professional membership organisation that exists to support a vibrant, innovative and capable social enterprise sector in Queensland that is sufficiently resourced to achieve high social, cultural and environmental impact.

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Become a member

Join QSEC to support the Queensland Social Enterprise community and to have a voice about the future development of the sector. 

Both social enterprises and those who support social enterprise are welcome to join.

What's happening?


Upcoming QSEC Events

Featured Social Enterprise


Social Enterprise Marketplace



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We send out a monthly newsletter full of resources, news and events for social enterprise in Queensland and beyond.


Thank you to our Partners and Supporters





QSEC would like to acknowledge the support of the Queensland Government.


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