Our time is now: Social enterprise round-table at Parliament House, Canberra
27 March 2023

Victoria’s social enterprise community were out in strength at the first social enterprise round-table hosted at Australia’s Parliament House, Canberra by Social Traders and Social Enterprise Australia.

Cross-party representatives welcomed our call for a national social enterprise strategy designed with the sector. Now’s the time for the Federal Governmnet to expand Victoria’s model for a thriving social enterprise ecosystem from coast-to-coast.

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A place for Social Enterprises in Victoria - The Purpose Precinct at the Queen Victoria Market
8 November 2022

This week The Purpose Precinct landed at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) – bringing a curated selection of Victoria’s social enterprises’ best to the third-most-visited attraction in Victoria.

Backed by SENVIC, and in partnership with the ever amazing Good Cycles and STREAT, the Purpose Precinct is a massively exciting, new way of showcasing our social enterprise movement to the world.

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SENVIC’s statewide network of Local Leads is complete
15 September 2022

SENVIC is excited to announce the appointment of Local Leads across Greater Melbourne, completing the network’s state-wide coverage of all 11 Regional Victoria and Suburban Development regions.

The SENVIC Local Leads will each lead the way in their own region, connecting, enabling and providing leadership for the social enterprise sector.

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Regenerative tourism is growing in Gippsland
8 September 2022

SENVIC’s Gippsland Social Enterprise Collective held a Gippsland Community Hub event as part of this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum at Fisherman’s Landing on Thursday, 8 September

In collaboration with GELLEN, FLOAT and Up the Creek, including the Venture Out team and Skipper Pete’s Water Taxi service, they explored social enterprise approaches for regenerative tourism, in action.

Regenerative Tourism is the idea that tourism should leave a place better than it was before. Showcasing social enterprise, creativity and nature-based tourism, they explore the power of regenerative tourism to support regional communities on the frontline of the climate emergency.

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2022 Federal Election
2 May 2022

Election time is a prime opportunity to get social enterprise on the federal agenda. That is why SENVIC along with our partners in the Alliance of Social Enterprise Networks Australia (ASENA) have collaborated to make it easy for you to talk to your local candidate. Using this tool it only takes five minutes to find your candidate and send our suggested content. Find out more, share our pitch-deck or Write to your local candidates now

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Regional Leaders Manifesto for Renewal
18 March 2022

The SENVIC Regional Mini-Conference in March 2022 brought together social enterprise leaders from across Victoria.

SENVIC partnered with the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) to establish the regional network across regional Victoria. After two-years of pandemic disruptions, the SENVIC Regional Mini-Conference was held in March 2022. It gave delegates an insight into community-led rejuvination with our hosts. ACRE’s community-buy-back journey is an inspiration and the Conference was a fitting culmination of our partnership.

On the final day, delegates devised a SENVIC Regional Leads Manifesto for accelerating social enterprise in rural and regional Victoria. The manifesto is an invitation for Government and philanthropy to recognise the fundamental differences in the way that rural and regional communities connect with social enterprise.

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Launch of the Frankston Social Enterprise Hub
18 February 2022
We are thrilled to announce Victoria’s first social enterprise hub in Frankston
Frankston Social Enterprise Hub launched in February 2022, as a cross-sector collaboration to tackle disadvantage and strengthen innovation and entrpreneurship in local young people. The Hub is an initiative of Peninsula Health, Chisholm Institute and the Frankston Foundry and supported by the Victorian Government.
This is a place for people and organisations committed to creating social value through enterprise.
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Jobsbank and SENVIC call on Victorian government to seize social benefits of CDS
12 October 2021

Without social procurement and inclusivity mandates, advocates say the new container deposit scheme misses an opportunity to be part of the COVID-19 recovery for thousands of Victorians.

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Renewing Support For Victoria’s Social Enterprise Sector
8 October 2021

Victorian social enterprises and the people they support will benefit from a renewed focus on sustainably growing the sector, with the Victorian Government launching the new Social Enterprise Strategy 2021-25.

Find out more about Victoria’s ambitious, multi-year strategy to create a thriving social enterprise sector.

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Victoria launches new social enterprise strategy
5 October 2021

The Victorian government has laid out a four-year road map for how it plans to strengthen and support the state’s thriving social enterprise sector.

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Social enterprise steps up to join Metropolitan Boards
30 August 2021

At this critical time for community recovery, SENVIC congratulates the sector leaders appointed to five government-community partnership boards across Metropolitan Melbourne.

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2021 marks new phase of development for SENVIC
20 July 2021

Social Enterprise Network Victoria (SENVIC) is proud to herald a new phase in the growth of Victoria’s social enterprise community.

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The future is bright for social enterprise in Victoria
25 June 2021

Social Enterprise Network Victoria (SENVIC) is delighted to confirm it will receive continued financial support from the Victorian Government to enhance the important work of connecting and growing the social enterprise sector.

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A bold new national voice for social enterprise in Australia
22 July 2020

A brand new  national social enterprise body for Australia,  ASENA, launched in May, representing the 20,000 social enterprises across the country. The alliance’s advocacy lead, also CEO at Social Enterprise Network Victoria, sets out the big vision – and some very concrete next steps.

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'Moving Feast' collective deliver meals to those in tower lockdown
07 July 2020

An army of volunteers have been mobilised to bring emergency relief to those trapped in Melbourne’s towers.  Moving Feast has been delivering culturally appropriate meals and produce boxes to the towers.

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A new voice for Australia's social enterprise sector
01 June 2020

A national alliance of social enterprises will advocate for a post-COVID Australian economy that is ecologically and economically sustainable.

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COVID-19 not all doom and gloom for social enterprise sector
27 March 2020

Social enterprise advocates are optimistic the industry can survive the coronavirus pandemic, and will use the crisis to strengthen collaboration across the sector.

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Media release: Social Enterprises are pivoting but need support now

As impacts of coronavirus (C-19) deepen, social enterprises across the nation are currently preparing to pivot their activities to address the emerging needs of the community and comply with the rolling shut down of businesses.

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Media release: Social Enterprises to miss out on COVID-19 support

The impacts of the coronavirus (C-19) are being felt across the globe by individuals, organisations and businesses. Social enterprises are not only preparing their businesses for the anticipated additional pressures on staffing and operations due to the virus, but preparing the communities in which they operate.

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Media release: SENVIC Local Leads appointed across regional Victoria

SENVIC is excited to announce the appointment of Local Leads in the Barwon Southwest, Gippsland, Grampians, Hume and Loddon/Mallee regions of Victoria.

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Media release: SENVIC announces new CEO and launches survey

SENVIC (Social Enterprise Network Victoria) is excited to announce the appointment of Nicholas Verginis as the new CEO.

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Pro Bono Australia: Victorian social enterprises get connected

Social enterprises across Victoria are getting connected with the launch of a statewide peer-to-peer network.

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Victorian Government media release: Supporting Victoria’s Growing Social Enterprise Sector

The Andrews Labor Government is connecting social enterprises across the state through the launch of a new knowledge-sharing and development network.

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The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine: SENVIC, ACRE and David Le Page

SENVIC Chair Cinnamon Evans, ACRE CEO Matt Pfahlert, and Buy Social Canada‘s David Le Page chat with Jon Faine on the Conversation Hour on the rising impact of social enterprise in Australia.

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