The peak for body for social enterprise in Queensland, the Queensland Social Enterprise Council Ltd (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. Plenty of resource material for social enterprises available.

Social Enterprise Australia

Social Enterprise Australia is the peak body for social enterprise in Australia.

Business Queensland

Information and events supporting Queensland’s small businesses.

Social Traders

Social Traders are the go-to organisation for accrediting your social enterprise.

Queensland Small Business Commissioner

Queensland Small Business Commissioner site. Good range of resources

Cairns Chamber of Commerce

Organisation focused on making it easier for local business in Cairns to increase exposure, take advantage of networking opportunities, and access information and services that can increase business efficiency.

Business Chamber Queensland

The State chamber of commerce, an independent, not-for-profit organisation, with a rich legacy of putting Queensland business first, providing practical support backed by innovative thinking and powerful advocacy.

Social Change Central

Social Change Central (SCC) is Australia’s first dedicated online hub for social enterprises. SCC connects, encourages and supports social enterprises and aspiring entrepreneurs through an easy-to-use, comprehensive self-service database which collates the most up-to-date opportunities available in Australia and internationally.

Mentoring for Growth: Business Queensland

Register your interest in the Mentoring for Growth Program (M4G), or volunteer to become a business mentor.

Social Startup Studio

The Social Enterprise Fundamentals are a set of resources that provide the ‘nuts and bolts’ of social enterprise. They have been designed to provide the information needed before starting a social enterprise – and they are free to access!

IMPAQT Queensland

A Playbook for Profit-for-purpose Businesses. Social Investment

Social Impact Toolbox

Tools and methodologies needed to evaluate and communicate social impact.

Justice Connect

How to set up your social enterprise.

Business Queensland

Queensland Government advice on setting up your business structure with specific advice on social enterprise.


Evaluating the labour productivity of social enterprises in comparison to SMEs in Australia

Impact North

Social Enterprise Summit for Northern Australia Report. Raises many of the needs of social enterprises in the region.

Social Enterprise Australia

Report on the size and scope of social enterprise in Australia: 2022

Jobs Queensland

Report on the size and scope of social enterprise in Queensland: 2019.

See Space

Social Enterprise Evidence Space

Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA)

Strengthening purpose-driven organisations’ resilience across strategy, impact and governance, often helping them get investment ready and pursue capital options.

Social Ventures Australia (SVA)

SVA provides loans and equity investment to organisations with positive social impact.

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.

Westpac Foundation

Providing funding and programs to help social enterprises and community organisations taking a fresh approach to complex social issues and creating jobs and opportunities for those who need it most.

National Australia Bank (NAB) Foundation

National Australia Bank Foundation uses philanthropy, social investment and in-kind support to fund social and environmental progress in the Australian communities served by the NAB Group.

Paul Ramsay Foundation

Paul Ramsay Foundation invests in communities and organisations across Australia, funding early exploration to substantial investment. Philanthropic funding extends beyond traditional grant-making to impact investing.

English Family Foundation

Seeking to support social entrepreneurs driving high-impact initiatives in Australia and the Southeast Asia region. Focus is on supporting the underlying ecosystem to enable social entrepreneurs to thrive.

Minter Ellison

Community Investment and Pro Bono legal service.

Impact Investing Australia

Impact Investing Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of impact investing in Australia and participating in international efforts to grow the market globally.

Angel Investment Network

For both social enterprise and small business.

Angel Investing

Interesting Blog on Angel Investing


not-for-profit, social enterprise promoting a vibrant Angel Investment community and culture. As a community of peers, the AAAI is redefining the nature and practice of early-stage investment in Australia.


SENT Membership is free and will give you access to SENT events, resouces and the newletter. We welcome everyone interested in social enterprise in FNQ including entrepreneurs, government, academics and community members.