The Social Enterprise Awards are the only national awards for Australian social enterprise.
The aim of the Awards is to increase awareness of the role and diversity of social enterprises in Australia by creating a long term, high profile event.
The Awards are run by Social Traders and will be awarded annually. The inaugural awards were presented on 28 May 2013.
The 2014 Awards applications open on Tuesday 11 February until Friday 28 March.
In 2014 6 awards will be presented:
See Question 4 for awards criteria.
For the Social Enterprises Awards categories you must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the award:
• Be led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit
• Trade* to fulfil your mission
• Reinvest the over 50% of your profit/surplus in the fulfilment of your mission
• Be incorporated and/or trading in Australia; and
• Derive a substantial* portion of your income from trade
*50% or more for ventures that are more than five years from start-up or
25% or more for ventures that are less than five years from start-up.
*Trade includes revenue from: membership, sponsorship, sales of products and services and income from competitively awarded contracts from government.
Trade does not include: Grants, donations or loans.
If you are in doubt about whether your government funds constitute trade look at the GST component. If the contract does not include GST it is likely to be a grant.
Each category is targeted at social enterprises in different stages of their business cycle. Please see eligibility for each award below:
Australian Social Enterprise of the Year – Small – employing less than 25 people effective full time (EFT)
Australian Social Enterprise of the Year – Large – employing 25 or more people effective full time (EFT)
One to Watch Award - A social enterprise that has been operating less than 3 years that articulate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it showing growth in their model.
Social Investment Award
This is the award to enter if you have been part of a great investment (open to investor or investee) that has helped a social enterprise to start or grow. Examples of the investment might include; equity raising, crowdsourcing, debt and philanthropic funds or a mix of investment types.
Social Enterprise Innovation Award - This social enterprise has been operating for at least one year. The enterprise shows ‘innovation’ that is a new and improved model or service not just a novel one.
‘Buy Social’ Award
Any social enterprise, public sector body or private sector organisation that has demonstrably made efforts within its own organisation and remit to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises.
This could be a local authority implementing a council-wide social procurement policy, a company changing its procurement processes, or a not for profit seeking to support Social Enterprises through buying social.
All applications must be submitted online via the application portal.
Applications will be open from Tuesday 11 February to 28 March.
Applicants will be required to address different criteria depending on their category. The following is an outline of the criteria:
Applications will be open on Tuesday 11 February 2014.
If you would like to apply in 2014 please sign up to our mailing list so we can let you know our timeline for next year.
Friday 28 March 2014.
There will be two rounds of judging for the Awards.
Finalists will be announced late April.
Judges will meet in May to decided the winners.
All judging will be based on the award category criteria.
The Awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne in June 2014.
The Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Melbourne in June 2014.
We are simplifying the award application in 2014 and you will need to:
The application process will differ slightly for each category and we estimate you will need to write 1,500 words in total.
No, entry to the Awards is free.
Yes, you can apply for as many categories as you are eligible for. Use the same Account for all applications and submit each application as a new assessment.
The SE Awards will provide limited funding assistance to ensure short listed organisations from interstate are able to attend the Awards events.
There are still sponsorship opportunities available for the Awards. Benefits of being an award sponsor range from placement across Awards communications to being able to present an Award to the winning enterprise on presentation night.
For more information please contact mark dot daniels [at] socialtraders dot com dot au
Social Traders is a specialist social enterprise development organisation established in 2008. Based in Melbourne, Social Traders aims to support the growth of social enterprise in Australia.
Their work involves increasing knowledge of social enterprise, building the trading capability and investment readiness of start-up and early stage enterprises along with growing the market for social enterprise products and services.
Social Traders runs social enterprise tours and workshops, conducts capacity building programs and offers a range of tailored tools and resources.