• Top 10 SVA Quarterly articles from FY21

    We share the most popular SVA Quarterly articles from 2021-2022.

  • Challenger’s ‘perfect match’ addressing mature age employment

    4 people from the Challenger and COTA NSW teams holding a copy of the Experience, Knowledge and Commitment report.

    SVA Consulting helped Challenger and COTA NSW form a community partnership, resulting in new research on barriers to mature age employment.

  • How SVA’s Review project supports improvements in youth employment programs

    For many years Social Ventures Australia has worked to identify and support good practice in delivery of employment programs for young people. What we know – and what the evidence shows – is that there is no silver bullet. There are elements that go into good program design like ensuring that young people have the […]

  • How industry can give social suppliers a hand up

    group of workers in warehouse in hi-vis jacketsfrom Social Engine

    This article is the second in our series on the state of social procurement in Australia. Click here to read our previous blog about the gap between the size of social procurement demand and the capacity of social benefit suppliers as well as the inaccessibility of many of the contracts. A handful of proactive social […]

  • The social procurement mismatch

    From Commonwealth to state to local, governments across Australia are establishing ambitious social procurement targets. Industry now needs to rethink their procurement and contracting approach if they are to meet these obligations and achieve traction in social procurement. Social procurement promises a better future for people in the downward cycle of long-term unemployment. Social procurement […]

  • Change is happening and Ganbina can prove it

    Ganbina is an Indigenous led organisation based in Shepparton, Victoria. Social Ventures Australia supported Ganbina through the SVA venture philanthropy program until 2016 and has recently conducted an SROI report evaluating the social impact created over the last four years compared to the investment. This year, we have been confronted with the truth of inequity […]

  • How educators are responding to Covid-19 and how the nation is responding to them

    SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection educators at a Thought Leadership Gathering

    Our schools have been thrown into the spotlight as the Covid-19 crisis has unfolded and, like all sectors, education has rapidly and repeatedly transformed into a ‘new normal’. When whole systems switched to remote learning, educators began repurposing their lessons to suit new modes of delivery, learning new pedagogies and upskilling on the use of […]

  • Combatting social isolation – lessons learnt from the Covid-19 experience

    older woman sitting at window staring out

    Most social services organisations are already aware of the challenges of social isolation, especially for the elderly and those with chronic health conditions or disabilities. Because of the need for people to self-isolate at home during the Covid-19 crisis, loneliness now has more attention than ever before. We spoke to five social services organisations, as […]

  • Returning to country

    Indigenous people on country burning of

    The coronavirus pandemic presents an unlikely opportunity for some Aboriginal people seeking sanctuary on their traditional country. This is the third in our 3-part series sharing stories from SVA clients, partners and friends in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, where people are uniquely affected by the coronavirus crisis. Part 1 of the series […]

  • 7 Steps for keeping the lights on: Support for social enterprises (Covid-19 impact response)

    Email us at cstimpson@socialventures.com.au to set up a free office hour. Please include your business name, website and overview of your situation.

    The COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly unfolding with significant impact on small businesses, especially social enterprises and Indigenous businesses. Major disruptions to our work and social lives are expected for the next six months. Planning is critical in order to survive an immediate loss in revenue, cash flow constraints, due liabilities, disruption in supply and most importantly impacts on employees. Here are seven great steps for keeping the lights on during this chaotic time.

  • ‘Fortress Groote’: managing safety, services and a mining economy in a remote Indigenous community

    Atnas Maeko from Bush Fit Mob during training with local staff

    As we are seeing in Australia’s highly populated areas, managing the interconnectedness of health, economic and social needs is complex amidst the coronavirus crisis. On the Groote Archipelago in the Northern Territory – where mining operations sit alongside local Indigenous communities – the situation is especially complex and the risks perhaps higher. At the start […]

  • A conversation, not a broadcast: how Indigenous radio stations are responding to the coronavirus crisis

    Indigenous woman at radio station desk with headphones & mic in front

    Many of us are incessantly checking our phones for coronavirus news. In remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, it’s the radio that is helping to keep people safe, calm and informed. Indigenous radio is a vital community asset – as we reported in our analysis for the Australian Government in 2017. Despite inconsistent funding, […]

  • Working with fire through traditional burning

    In the midst of a national bush fire crisis, Director, Consulting Brendan Ferguson discusses how we could look to Indigenous knowledge to lead the way. Australians are still coming to terms with the devastating bush fires that continue to burn across the country. As we reflect on what can be done to reduce the risk […]

  • SVA’s 25th Thought Leadership Gathering: celebration, collaboration and connection for future action

    Celebration. Collaboration. Connection. A celebration of achievement, reflection on impact and provocation to build leadership for future action – those were the orders of day at the last Thought Leadership Gathering of 2019.  The SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection’s (The Connection) 25th Thought Leadership Gathering (TLG) held in late November assembled 117 educators for two days of celebration of their accomplishments in the program.   ‘A community is a group of people who commit to grow together – and that’s […]

  • Garma 2019: Why traditional decision making must be at the heart of any engagement with First Australian communities

    ‘We ask you all as real people, to take a step back. As real people, to humble yourselves no matter how successful, respected or influential you are, or you think you are, in the Western World. Because out here, Western success doesn’t mean anything, and is not powerful, unless, we all use our strengths and […]

  • Q&A with Kellie Checkley, Head of Sticking Together Project at SYC

    Kellie Checkley is the Head of Sticking Together Project at SYC. She joined SYC to take on this role after 12 years as the CEO at a not-for-profit organisation supporting young people in southern Sydney. SVA caught up with Kellie, to hear more about her passion for the Sticking Together Project.

  • Meet Nathan Sowell, Manager, Impact Investing

    Nathan Sowell joined Social Ventures Australia out of a desire to make an impact. Since joining SVA in early 2017 as a manager in the Impact Investing team, Nathan has worked on the launch and ongoing management of the SVA Diversified Impact Fund.

  • Investing in very remote Aboriginal communities

    Parnngurr women’s ranger team carrying out maintenance work

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) recently completed a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) that considers various scenarios associated with investment, or lack of investment, in very remote Aboriginal communities. SVA was commissioned to undertake the work by the Martu organisation, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), and seven other partner organisations working with Martu people in the East Pilbara. What was […]

  • AIME part of growing network of SVA alumni ventures

    The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience has become the eighth organisation to graduate from Social Ventures Australia’s venture portfolio, having achieved the sustainability and impact to continue to thrive without hands on support from SVA.

  • Meet Alex Oppes, Director, Impact Investing 

    A desire to do more than just help somebody make a profit is what drives Alex Oppes. A director in the Impact Investing team, Oppes has been at Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for almost five years.

  • Choosing a cause to support: passion vs pragmatism

    Beyond my work at SVA, I’m passionate about charities and the charity sector. As part of that, last month I spoke at the Sydney Opera House Antidote Festival on “practical donations”. It’s an interesting problem, and delving into it led me to re-examine a lot of my assumptions about giving. Fundamentally, why do we donate […]

  • Backtrack Boys film set to screen nationally

    On October 25 a film we’re all incredibly excited about and proud of at SVA: Catherine Scott’s award-winning documentary “Backtrack Boys” launches nationally. It’s the true story of BackTrack, a unique youth-centred program helping kids doing it tough. BackTrack and the program’s inspirational work is well known here at SVA, becoming a venture partner in […]

  • Innovation, disruption and lifelong learning: SVA’s 20th Thought Leadership Gathering

    Innovation. Disruption.  Lifelong Learning. These three themes were proclaimed proudly by guest speaker and Educational Technologist, Kieran Nolan, as part of his Provocation address at SVA’s recent Thought Leadership Gathering in Adelaide. The highly topical focus was: “STEM & Innovation – Deepening knowledge, sparking engagement and connecting learning.” Over three busy and technology-filled days in […]

  • Resolve Program: Improving mental health outcomes by supporting and empowering people

    Above: Flourish Australia Peer Worker Tim Morandi (2nd from the right) with his Flourish colleagues.  Nine months in, Resolve Program participants are being supported, empowered, and importantly, spending more time in the community rather than in hospital. Resolve Program participants say it’s making a significant impact on their lives, according to a Resolve Peer Worker […]

  • School Lawyer Program: helping young people access justice

    Teenage school children and teacher sitting in a classroom smiling

    I recently had the pleasure of working with WEstjustice to document the School Lawyer Program and develop a practical how-to guide for other organisations interested.