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Jobs Queensland is undertaking research to understand appropriate roles for government to help support social enterprise activity to deliver economic and social outcomes for Queensland.

The research specifically considers the extent, role and outcomes of social enterprises in Queensland’s business and jobs market, and aims to assess the costs and benefits of possible mechanisms for government support.


Jobs Queensland undertook a range of engagement and consultation activities across Queensland in early 2019 to inform the project.

The engagement and consultation activities consisted of:

  • a survey of social enterprises and organisations in the social enterprise ecosystem
  • regional forums in Mt Isa, Cairns, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane/Logan
  • a regional focus group in far north Queensland focused on issues relevant to Indigenous social enterprises
  • a series of interviews and discussions with local, national and international experts in this field.

Consultations were well attended by stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and different views about how government can help and support social enterprises in Queensland.

Key themes

The consultation process revealed a range of broadly consistent stakeholder views about social enterprises in Queensland.

To know more about the key consultation outcomes, read the consultation overview.

(PDF, 116 KB)

Next steps

These consultation outcomes will inform advice that Jobs Queensland will submit to the Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development in the second quarter of 2019.

The report will provide a Queensland specific understanding of the extent, role and outcomes of social enterprises in Queensland’s business and jobs market, and will outline potential mechanisms for government support for social enterprise in Queensland.

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Last updated 16 May 2019