• Synergis Fund completes second close securing $26.5m for new disability housing

    Synergis Fund, established by SVA and Federation Asset Management and one of Australia’s first wholesale investment funds aimed at transforming the disability housing sector, completed its second capital raise in early April bringing total funds to $26.5 million. The capital will be used to build homes for over 100 Australians living with disability.

  • A guide to the key Government opportunities available to not-for-profits and charities during Covid-19

    We have put together a short guide that collates the key opportunities for not-for-profits and charities available as a result of Australian Government announcements.

  • For the crisis today, and the Australia of tomorrow

    We’re continuing to work with our clients, partners and friends about how we can work together for the crisis today, and for the Australia we want tomorrow.

  • Confidence strong, but still significant unmet need in disability housing market

    There remains a significant lack of SDA housing, with an estimated 9,000 places still needed to meet demand.

  • Our highlights in 2019

    From Impact Investing awards to publishing new perspectives and improving the lives of Victorian children, these are our highlights from 2019.

  • Ensuring people with disability have a voice on policy, can exercise choice over support, and full access to services is key to better outcomes

    “There’s both a social and economic imperative in ensuring the lives and rights of people with disability are transformed.”

  • Investing in scalable model to help address housing affordability

    Through the SVA Social Impact Investment Trust, HESTA has committed $20m to an innovative Melbourne apartment project that could be replicated at scale to help improve housing affordability and sustainability for first home buyers, Affordable Housing clients and those working in key community occupations.

  • Three drivers of better mental health outcomes that will lead to a happier, healthier Australia

    Improving public awareness, early intervention programs, and recovery-oriented service systems that empower people, will reduce the prevalence and impact of mental-ill health, according to a new report from Social Ventures Australia (SVA).

  • New Chief Strategy Officer and two Directors join SVA

    A new Chief Strategy Officer and two new Directors have joined Social Ventures Australia since the beginning of the year.

  • SVA achieves $5m capital raise for Australia’s first social impact bond addressing youth employment

    SVA is pleased to announce it has achieved its capital raising target of $5 million for the Sticking Together Social Impact Bond (SIB) and finalised the issue of the SIB.

  • 2019 Budget: Targeted initiatives alone won’t solve systemic problems

    The 2019 Commonwealth Budget has invested in some promising social initiatives but done little to resource the structural reforms needed to significantly reduce disadvantage in Australia.

  • The Bryan Foundation partners with Evidence for Learning to support better learning in early childhood

    Evidence for Learning has received $1 million in cornerstone funding from The Bryan Foundation to deliver an Early Childhood Education initiative focused on the learning lives of children before they start school.

  • How three key STEM education practices are helping schools develop student capabilities

    A new paper from the University of Canberra, commissioned by Social Ventures Australia, provides insight into how student capabilities can be developed through three key practices that underpin STEM.

  • SVA invests in a unique shared equity housing model for people with disability

    Project Independence, a not-for-profit community housing provider, has secured a $500,000 investment from Social Ventures Australia (SVA) to provide people with an intellectual disability a new pathway to home ownership.

  • Social Ventures Australia’s impact investing team named Asset Manager of the Year

    Social Ventures Australia’s impact investing team has been named Asset Manager of the Year 2018 at the inaugural Australian Impact Investment Awards.

  • Maths Pathway raises $2.1 million investment to change the way mathematics is taught in schools

    Maths Pathway raises $2.1m investment to change the way mathematics is taught in schools. The $1m investment from SVA is the organisation’s first equity investment from its $15m SVA Diversified Impact Fund.

  • SVA announces incoming CEO Suzie Riddell

    SVA Chair Paul Robertson today announced Suzie Riddell as the organisation’s incoming CEO.

  • New social impact bond aims to address youth unemployment in New South Wales

    Almost 900 young people living in New South Wales who face barriers to work will be provided with long term support to help them get a job, and have that job ‘stick’, thanks to a new social impact bond (SIB).

  • SVA announces search for new CEO

    Social Ventures Australia today announced a search for its next Chief Executive Officer.

  • HESTA commits additional $40 million to Australian impact investments

    HESTA has reaffirmed its commitment to growing the Australian impact investment market, allocating a further $40 million to fund investments that generate both a measurable social impact and a market-based financial return.

  • New Directors arrive to join SVA Consulting, lead Queensland Venture Philanthropy

    Three new directors have joined Social Ventures Australia since the beginning of the year, bringing with them a diverse range of experience across the government, non-profit and consulting sectors.

  • 2018 Budget: Missed opportunity to combat disadvantage

    Tonight’s Federal Budget, while supporting some promising initiatives, has done very little to resource the concerted and comprehensive approach that is required if Australia is to make real headway towards combating disadvantage.

  • Gonksi 2.0 recommends Independent Evidence Institution

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) welcomes the Gonski 2.0’s Panel’s recommendation to establish an Independent Evidence Institution.

  • SVA calls for a comprehensive national policy to address the rising rate of homelessness in Australia

    Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that the rate of homelessness in Australia rose by 4.6% between 2011 and 2016. It is now estimated that 116,427 people in Australia are experiencing homelessness. Homelessness in New South Wales saw the biggest jump for a region, rising by 37%, with Queensland and Victoria […]

  • SVA welcomes three new Directors

    Social Ventures Australia welcomed three new Directors in the second half of 2017, adding deep experience in philanthropy, Indigenous entrepreneurship and innovation.