• SVA announces Board changes

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) Chair, Paul Robertson, has today announced that, after ten years’ service, he intends to step down from SVA’s Board, along with further Board changes. ‘For over ten years I have had the privilege of serving as SVA Board Chair and stewarding the organisation on its mission to alleviate disadvantage in Australia. […]

  • Social Ventures Australia’s statement on Black Lives Matter

    In recent weeks we have been shocked but sadly not surprised as images of racial violence have covered our screens. The death of George Floyd in the American city of Minneapolis has reignited a debate about the treatment of African American people by police and, from this flashpoint, a movement of people stretching across many […]

  • New digital platform puts young people at the centre of employment programs

    Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and the Citi Foundation have launched the Review Platform, a free digital platform that automates data collection and enables youth employment providers to consistently and easily collect feedback from young people, in order to demonstrate the value of their programs, improve practice and secure funding.   Young people are being disproportionately affected by the current economic crisis. Across Australia, the youth unemployment rate, which was already double the […]

  • SVA welcomes government $50 million commitment to new national evidence institute

    Social Ventures Australia warmly welcomed the commitment of $50 million to create the national evidence institute to ensure that Australia’s teachers have access to evidence to inform practice in classrooms and early learning centres.

  • New report forecasts dire financial future for charities in Australia

    A new report launched today by Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) forecasts that more than 200,000 jobs in the charity sector could be lost as a result of the COVID-19 crisis if financial supports, such as JobKeeper and lease and loan deferrals, come to an end in October. The report, […]

  • 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.