The Social Enterprise Awards are the only national awards for Australian social enterprise.
The Awards are run by Social Traders and will be awarded annually with the inaugural awards presented on 28 May 2013.
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 2014 Awards applications will open in February.
In 2014 6 awards will be presented:
Specific criteria for the Awards will be available in late 2013.
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
Social Investment Award
Social Enterprise Innovation Award
‘Buy Social’ Award
Applications will be accepted via this website in February 2014
Applications will be open in 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.
In 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 May 2014.
The Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Melbourne in May 2014.
The prizes will be announced in February.
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.
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.