In Victoria, social enterprises play an important role in delivering services, fostering economic participation, and contributing to social innovation. Despite growing public and policy interest, little has been previously documented about the characteristics and impacts of social enterprises in Victoria. 

The Map for Impact project was commissioned as part of the Social Enterprise Strategy implemented by the Victorian Government in 2017. 

Through a process of desktop research, surveying and online data mining, the project identified 3,500 Victorian social enterprises and determined that the sector practises inclusive employment and contributes $5.2 billion to the Victorian economy. 

Project timeframe

July 2017 – December 2017

Research team

  • Isabelle Asfar, Research Assistant 
  • Jordan Brown, Research Assistant 
  • Aurora Elmes, Research Assistant 
  • Dawson Grace, Research Assistant 
  • Dr Zara Lasater, Research Assistant 
  • Dr Jo McNeill, Research Assistant 
  • Deepanwita Panda, Research Assistant 
  • Fanny Rios, Research Assistant 
  • Nicola Hannigan, Communications 
  • Andrew Traucki, Communications 
  • Jozz Scott, Web Design 
  • Hannah Murphy, Report Design 

In partnership with Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (now Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions).

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