Video transcript: Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy 2021-2025: Strategy Introduction

Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy 2021-2025: Strategy Introduction

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[Slide: Victoria State Government - Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy 2021-2025]

Amber O’Connell, Manager Social Procurement and Enterprise DJPR

Victoria is home to an incredibly diverse social enterprise sector operating across a range of industries.

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[Text: 3,500 social enterprises across Victoria. 60,000 jobs created by Victorian social enterprises (1.8%) of the Victorian workforce. $5.2 billion in economic impact]

The sector has a mix of solo entrepreneurs through to established organisations employing hundreds of people.

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But all of these enterprises share a common vision, to service, benefit and strengthen their communities.

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Through their unique business models social enterprises are delivering innovative solutions to some of our most complex challenges.

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Social enterprises can provide meaningful jobs and pathway to employment for people facing considerable barriers to work.

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But just as importantly they deliver significant social, cultural and environmental benefits to Victoria.

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[Text: Innovative governments, around the world, are partnering with social enterprises, not only for their clear social, environmental and cultural benefits, but for their strong economic contribution]

Innovative governments around the world are partnering with social enterprises, not only for their clear social benefits, but for their strong economic contribution.

David Clements, Deputy Secretary Employment & Inclusion DJPR

That’s why in 2017 the Victorian Government launched Australia’s first social enterprise strategy to support social enterprises to do their best.

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The social enterprise strategy for 2021-25 renews government’s commitment to the sector and sets an ambitious four year agenda to better enable social enterprises to thrive.

The strategy aims to create more opportunities for these diverse enterprises.

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[Text: Theme 1: Building business skills and capability and capturing impact. Theme 2: Enhancing recognition and access to innovative financing to scale impact. Theme 3: Fostering a connected and innovative social enterprise ecosystem across Victoria. Theme 4: Opening doors for social enterprises across government]

It’s got four key themes and 14 action areas which when taken together will drive sector growth and opportunity through building skills and capability, unlocking capital, creating new opportunities for social enterprises to sell their goods and services, building a coordinated ecosystem across Victoria, and transforming the way government partners with, and does business with, social enterprises.

Amber O’Connell, Manager Social Procurement and Enterprise DJPR

[Text: Creating greater opportunity inclusion & impact]

A strategic plan to support social enterprise is another way the Victorian Government is creating greater opportunity, inclusion and impact.

[Slide: Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy 2021-2025]

[Slide: Victoria State Government. Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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Page last updated: 4 October 2021