Social enterprise

Start or grow a social enterprise. Our programs support individuals, organisations and not-for-profits to develop a social enterprise in Banyule.

A social enterprise is a business that is led by a social, cultural or environmental mission that creates benefit to the public. It earns most of its income from trade, and reinvests its profits to fulfil its economic mission.

It’s important to know that social enterprises are different to regular corporations who typically work to maximise profit to benefit shareholders and owners.

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We are the first local government in Victoria to have a dedicated strategy and action plan for social enterprises.

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Local social enterprises

Social enterprises strengthen our communities by meeting local economic challenges and market needs.

A common question people ask is, 'How do I support social enterprises?' The easiest way is simply to buy from them.

Jobs can be created for local residents who experience barriers to employment.

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If you operate a local social enterprise, or have any questions about starting one, contact us at