Public Resources

This page features publications and resources for the benefit of the social enterprise sector in Queensland and for QSEC members.

QSEC Annual Reports

2019 Annual Report – download
2018 Annual Report – download
2017 Annual Report – download
2016 Annual Report – download

Online Workshops

As part of our commitment to support and strengthen the social enterprise sector in Queensland, QSEC has been proud to provide several workshop series over the years, featuring leading educators across key critical knowledge areas for individuals seeking to start and scale their enterprise and to grow impact.

Proceed to our Online Workshops page to view currently available modules.


Social Enterprise: Doing business differently for a more inclusive societyA Manifesto outlining a vision and pathway to enable the growth of the social enterprise sector in Australia from the Social Innovation Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Alliance


  • Does business structure influence social impact?: This Briefing Note explores why form, governance and ownership matter, and reviews the evidence that they can influence outcomes for the poor. It is intended to support donors in enhancing the impact of future programming choices, when engaging with business. It is based on research and practical examples from both developed and developing countries, and is a joint initiative of Oxfam and DCED.
  • Evaluating the labour productivity of social enterprises in comparison to SMEs in Australia: The purpose of this paper is to compare the profitability and labour productivity of social enterprises in the State of Victoria in Australia with that of small- and medium-sized business enterprises (SMEs) in the same state. This paper found that, although social enterprises generally generated smaller profits and, therefore, could be less profitable, their relative level of labour productivity (value added and income to labour employed) was comparable or higher than that of SMEs. This paper responds to the need for comparative insights about social enterprise performance and considers the implications of these findings for new public governance. 
  • Mapping Queensland’s Impact Innovation Support Ecosystem: As part of the 2019 ‘Social Enterprise Sector Stand-up Project’ (SESP), led by QSEC and Griffith University, a number of discovery, action research, and engagement activities were undertaken.This included crowdsourcing a map of the impact innovation ecosystem in Queensland, and creating a directory of supports available to people and organisations engaged in social impact, innovation, and enterprise activities.  The map also includes national and international supports / service providers, where the offer is available and accessible to actors in Queensland.

Funding & Financing

Two of Australia’s best known funders support social enterprise, to find out more and to see if you are eligible visit the Ian Potter Foundation and the Westpac Foundation.

The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) offer finance and support to eligible social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities. For more information on the three SEDIF fund managers who offer social enterprises finance, such as loans, and support visit their pages

Community Enterprise

  • If you are interested in Community Enterprise you download member Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperatives free publication “Participation and Production a Resource for Community Enterprise“.
  • The Get Mutual Resource Centre, launched by the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals (BCCM)
    All the resources you need for cooperative social enterprise development and community investment, including ‘how tos’ and excellent case studies on a number of new community owned, social care cooperatives in health services, home care, housing and disability employment (including Nundah Community Services Cooperatives which is owned and operated by people with a disability).

Social Procurement

  • Social Enterprise and Social Tendering: A Guide for Government Departments, Large Social Welfare Organizations and Corporations (2005) – Written by Ingrid Burkett and David Langdon of the New Mutualism Group, this book challenges and assists those who make the decisions in government departments, local government, social welfare organizations and corporations to re-think their starting and end points. It makes a compelling case and gives practical suggestions for them to include in their choices, the concept of social tendering, whereby social/community enterprises can tender with them for formalized service contracts.
  • If you are interested in Social Procurement, we also encourage you to read the excellent Corporate Social Procurement in Australia(2013) report  by Social Traders and The Faculty”.

Regional Development Australia

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast have recently published this excellent free publication Cooperatives in Australia: a manual.

Social Change Central

Social Change Central is for any changemaker, entrepreneur, start-up, charity, community group or grass-roots organisation who is using business to create positive social change. Their mission is to create a strong ecosystem in Australia where social enterprises can thrive.

To keep abreast of news in social enterprise, such as grants and awards, you can sign up to their free newsletter at

A Business planning guide for Social Enterprises

The guide is primarily aimed at people and/ or organisations interested in starting a social enterprise and who don’t have experience of doing this before. It is a step-by-step guide to thinking about, researching, planning for, starting and then growing a social enterprise, which will help you to:

– create a rigorous business plan for a sustainable social enterprise

– obtain support for your social enterprise e.g. from partners

– secure investment for your social enterprise

– monitor and evolve your social enterprise in future years.

It is also designed to be a useful resource for more experienced practitioners, acting as a reference point and refresher.

Free Social Impact Toolbox

We all know impact measurement is crucial for communicating our success but it is really hard!  The University of Technology Sydney have released the Social Impact Toolbox to make the process easier.  And it’s free!

Free Social Media Webinars with Connecting Up

Connecting Up, Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that works to unleash the power of other not-for-profit organisations through technology and by providing a variety of information, products, resources and programs, to connect the not-for-profit sector to the right tools and capabilities they need to fulfill their mission. 

To sign up for their newsletter – which includes info on some great FREE webinars – head to

Free LinkedIn Learning with State Library of Queensland

Become a member of the State Library of Queensland to access a HEAP of freebies including free access to the LinkedIn Learning Database – there are some wonderful courses on there about Social Enterprise.


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