Aboriginal Resource Development Services
Aboriginal Resource Development Services (ARDS) Aboriginal Corporation is a Yolŋu organisation operating across two offices in Nhulunbuy, North-East Arnhem Land, and Darwin in the Northern Territory. ARDS has a vision that First Nations people – particularly Yolŋu – are able to engage on equal terms with the wider Australian society, and its organisations and systems. […]
Anglicare WA Outcomes Reporting Tool Objective SVA Consulting was engaged to provide the Board of Anglicare WA with structured, quality reporting on the outcomes being achieved by the organisation. Role we played In conjunction with Anglicare WA, SVA Consulting: Worked with the Board to develop a draft organisational theory of change and organisational level Outcomes […]
Anindilyakwa Vision and Guiding Principles for Mine Closure
For over 8,000 years, the Anindilyakwa people have been custodians of the Groote Archipelago. Anindilyakwa people (warnumamalya) have coexisted with non-Indigenous people (wurrumangkadirra) since the arrival of Anglican missionaries on Groote Eylandt in 1921. In 1965 the Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) began mining manganese on Groote Eylandt, dramatically changing the lives of warnumamalya. In […]
Arc Social Impact Bond
The Arc Social Impact Bond aims to break the cycle of reoffending and homelessness in Victoria The Arc Social Impact Bond (SIB) offers investors the opportunity to generate a financial return whilst providing the base from which disadvantaged people leaving prison can create a new narrative arc for their life, and a new sense of self, […]
CIE (Connection International Exploration)
This ground-breaking international program exposes school leaders to innovative, evidence-informed educational practice on a global scale. The focus is to draw on SVA networks around the world, in order to explore landmark teaching and learning models, within schools and communities experiencing disadvantage outside of Australia. The inaugural CIE in 2017 was attended by 12 school […]
Commonwealth Bank of Australia – Ambassador Program
Commonwealth Bank of Australia – Ambassador program for grantees Objective SVA Consulting was engaged to co-create an ambassador program for the Commonwealth Bank Foundation that matches employees at the bank with not-for-profit grant recipients, giving them access to in-kind and pro-bono support. Role we played SVA Consulting played a critical role in the creation of […]
Covid-19 guide to key Government opportunities for not-for-profits and charities
With the onset of COVID-19, we are operating in a new world. While there are many changes and challenges, one constant is that SVA is continuing to work with our partners, both for the crisis today and for the Australia we want tomorrow. Governments have been announcing measures designed to relieve the burden and maintain cash flow for […]
Department of Health (WA): Community needs assessment
The Office of Population Health Genomics within WA’s Department of Health commissioned SVA to provide a summary of service gaps and needs in the genetic and rare diseases community in Western Australia. This will assist the Department to make service delivery decisions to improve outcomes for people living with genetic and rare diseases.
Disability Perspective Paper
SVA has a vision for Australia where all people and communities thrive. We recognise that people with disability are significantly more likely to experience exclusion and disadvantage than other groups in our community. We believe that all Australians with disability should have the right to be full and equal participants in our community, free from […]
East Arnhem and Groote Eylandt: Supporting the development of transitional economies
With the imminent closure of high-profile mining operations in East Arnhem and Groote Eylandt, Aboriginal land owners have a unique opportunity to plan for and shape a new economy, grounded in their own aspirations for their country and people.
Enhancing the impact of integrated early years supports in Australia
The first five years of a child’s life is a time of rapid development that lays the foundations for health and wellbeing later in life. During this time, children must be nurtured, supported and protected to ensure they grow up happy, healthy and thriving. Unfortunately, not every child in Australia is getting the support they […]
Future Fair Report
Securing better quality jobs for young people in Australia This report, supported by J.P. Morgan, sets out to describe major trends in the Australian labour market that are shaping the future prospects of young people, particularly young people from less advantaged backgrounds. It considers current labour market program settings as well as the findings from […]
SVA’s venture philanthropy team offers tailored support to funders to maximise the impact of their grants. Most recently we have collaborated with Google to deliver their 2016 Global Impact Challenge in Australia. SVA is helping to deliver the Google Impact Challenge in Australia, after Google awarded over $5 million across 10 organisations using technology to […]
Google New Zealand Community Engagement Report 2020
The Community Engagement Report was commissioned by Google New Zealand to understand how the diverse and innovative initiatives supported by Google are making a real difference for Kiwi small businesses, not-for-profits and communities. For this report SVA reviewed and analysed dozens of investments and initiatives and engaged with many organisations that have worked with Google in 2020. Overall, it is a story […]
Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board
Gunaikurnai Strategic Plan Objective SVA Consulting was engaged to develop a strategic plan for how the Gunaikurnai people and Victorian Government partners would implement joint management in the parks and reserves on Gunaikurnai Country. Role we played In conjunction with Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board (GKTOLMB) and their partners – Gunaikurnai Land and Waters […]
House with No Steps and The Tipping Foundation merger
SVA supported HWNS and TTF to investigate the rationale for and subsequently help undertake the merger of their two organisations to form the largest disability focussed service provider in Australia in response to the changing disability sector landscape.
These quarterly events involve school leaders in local geographical clusters working collaboratively on their contextual challenges and opportunities. Hub Days are often hosted by a particular school, providing unique access to participants to explore in-situ initiatives in action. Themes for Hub Days are equally focused on reflection, learning and planning, as guided by the collective […]
Industry Employment Initiative Evaluations
SVA Consulting supported the Industry Employment Initiative (IEI) Pilot Program to conduct mid-term and final evaluations. Objective These evaluations aimed to measure the employment outcomes that the IEI Pilot Program has achieved for job seekers, understand the outcomes that the program created for participating employers, and identify opportunities to improve the program. Role we played […]
Insights on field-building intermediaries
The work of field-building intermediaries is complex and can be difficult to define. Yet, they play an important role in addressing some of the greatest social challenges. Often sitting behind the scenes, these agile organisations engage and coordinate the efforts of multiple organisations towards a common goal. They can bring about systemic change in a […]
Limb Family Foundation: Reaching Potential report
Young people should all have the chance to pursue lives of their choosing – lives that are rich with opportunities to learn, work, connect with others and engage in the community. This should not be different for young people with intellectual disability. Yet these young people face barriers to accessing the support, services and experiences […]
MacKillop Family Services: Victorian residential care review
MacKillop supports more than 6,400 disadvantaged and at-risk children, young people and families throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria, New South Wales and West Australia, with programs ranging from family support and family therapy, early intervention and parenting support, to foster care and residential care. From 2018-19 we worked with MacKillop to conduct a review of […]
Mental Health Perspective Paper
SVA has a vision for Australia where all people and communities thrive. We recognise that mental health and wellbeing is an essential component of thriving communities, and that it is inextricably linked to good outcomes in education, employment and housing. We believe that everyone in Australia should experience the best possible mental health and wellbeing, […]
Navigating the landscape of Australia’s Early Years System
Introducing the ECD Systems Landscape Atlas: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Australia’s Early Years System We are thrilled to announce the release of a ground-breaking resource from the Early Years Catalyst: the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Systems Landscape Atlas. This resource, developed in collaboration with Orange Compass, offers a comprehensive mapping of the government-driven structures […]
Open Letter: Ensuring every child can thrive
SVA, supported by 19 co-signatory child and family organisations, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 3 August, raising concerns about the more than 1 million children in Australia at risk of poverty as financial hardship for families increases through Covid-19. We drew the link between low income supports, childhood poverty, and […]
Paul Ramsay Foundation: Supporting the Sustaining our Partners Taskforce in response to Covid-19 (ongoing)
Early in the Covid-19 crisis, the Paul Ramsay Foundation (PRF) announced its commitment to supporting its existing Partners (grantees) to survive and thrive through the shocks they may be experiencing as a result of the pandemic. PRF established an internal Taskforce, Sustaining our Partners, to lead this effort.
Paving the path to systems transformation in the early years
Established after the 2020 National Early Years Summit, the Early Years Catalyst (EYC) – a collaboration of 12 organisations including SVA – is driven by a powerful ambition to positively impact early childhood development outcomes in Australia. As a field catalyst, the EYC aims to amplify the efforts of individuals and organisations to address complex […]
Positive Education Schools Association
Objective Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) is a peak association that works to promote and foster the implementation of Positive Education in schools across Australia. SVA Consulting was engaged to support PESA in developing a strategic plan to guide the strategic priorities and key initiatives of the organisation over the next three years. Role we […]
Primary Health Networks: Suporting PHNs to deliver better health outcomes for their communities
PHNs are at the forefront of Australia’s efforts to build integrated, client-centred care in communities. They are leading improved coordination of patient care across general practice, allied health and community services. They are relentlessly seeking improved outcomes, especially for people at higher risk of poor health outcomes. SVA Consulting has worked across Australia supporting PHNs to plan and assess their service design and […]
Prime Minister & Cabinet
To conduct three SROI forecast analyses to understand, estimate and value the social, cultural and economic impact likely to result from the Australian Government’s investment in three IBSs across Australia, as well as undertake broader sector consultation to test and validate those findings.
Prime Minister and Cabinet Environment Branch
2017 Prime Minister and Cabinet (now National Indigenous Australians Agency) Environment Branch evaluation plan: The Indigenous Land and Sea Management (ILSM) Outcomes Framework Objective To develop a shared outcomes framework that would enable PM&C and the ILSM sector to collect better evidence about the outcomes created by ILSM programs. The ILSM Outcomes Framework would be […]
Ronald McDonald House Charities: Social Return on Investment
Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia (RMHC) is a national charity that supports seriously-ill children and their families. When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, it impacts the whole family. Lives can be turned upside down. That’s why RMHC provide a range of programs to help families stay together and close to the care […]
SANE Australia and Lifeline Australia
SANE and Lifeline collaboration opportunities assessment Objective SVA Consulting was engaged to support SANE and Lifeline to determine the form of collaboration model which best meets their mutual objectives to increase the impact each organisation has with end beneficiaries and develop a plan to implement. Role we played Working with both organisations, SVA Consulting: Facilitated […]
SNAICC Early Years Support NSW
SNAICC Early Years Support NSW is the first of three states to develop a backbone intermediary under the new Pilot Project being lead by SNAICC and supported by SVA. Established in 2021 and operating in North Wollongong with a small all Aboriginal dynamic team, EYS NSW are achieving some incredible early outcomes. All 18 Aboriginal […]
SNAICC Early Years Support Victoria
SNAICC EYS Victoria model co-design is finalised, with representatives from all 11 Victorian Aboriginal early years services and other key stakeholders participating in the process. The THRYVE Victoria Director has been recruited along with three additional staff to support service delivery and implementation. Check back for further updates later in 2023.
SNAICC Early Years Support WA
The SNAICC EYS WA co-design model is finalised, with a Director and team of support staff recruited and an Advisory Committee established. The WA intermediary is in the early stages of operation and has made progress on a couple of key foundational pieces. Check back fore more updates later in 2023.
Social Impact Bond Case Studies
When considering whether a Social Impact Bond (SIB) is an appropriate mechanism to fund a social program, it is useful to understand how SIBs have been structured around the world. Since the very first SIB emerged in the UK in 2010, the concept has been trialled in more than half a dozen countries, and has […]
St Vincent’s Care Services business cases
St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit health and aged care provider, operating six public hospitals, 10 private hospitals and 23 aged care facilities across the country. St. Vincent’s Care Services (SVCS), a part of SVHA providing aged care and retirement services, was interested in developing aged care services for older people […]
Taken for granted? Charities’ role in our economic recovery
Charities employ more people than the mining and manufacturing sectors combined and contribute 8.5% to Australia’s GDP. But even with revised JobKeeper payments, 1 in 7 charities could still be unviable by September 2021, and 170,000 jobs could be lost.
The Connection: Collaborative Leadership Network lifts education outcomes
The Connection is a Collaborative Leadership Development Network created and run by Social Ventures Australia that has achieved educational improvements in 50 Australian schools across NSW, SA and Victoria. The network has connected 2900 educators, and benefitted approximately 50,000 students over five years from 2014-2019. This ABC News piece highlights the stories of those students […]
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Association (VACCA)
Supporting VACCA to successfully to implement a significant program of internal initiatives that would put client outcomes at the centre of their work and enable them to demonstrate effectiveness to government and other stakeholders. Initiatives included a new monitoring and evaluation framework, culturally-centred therapeutic model and case management system.
Will Australian charities be COVID-19 casualties or partners in recovery? A financial health check
Our report with the Centre for Social Impact has found that without transitional support more than 200,000 jobs could be lost among Australian charities as support like JobKeeper, and lease and loan deferrals come to an end in October.