About CSI

Our role

We believe in a stronger society for all.

Our mission is to improve the delivery of beneficial social impact in Australia through research, teaching, measurement and the promotion of public debate.

We take a systems approach to developing innovative solutions to the biggest social challenges today, with a vision for a better Australia tomorrow. Through our research, teaching, events and advocacy, we aim to ensure knowledge translates to impact.

We bring together leaders and organisations from business, government and social purpose sectors to build evidence-based, sustainable and scalable approaches to improving impact.

We facilitate collaboration between today’s thought leaders and influencers and we develop leaders of tomorrow through university education, conferences, workshops and events.

Our research, teaching and advocacy are focused around our social impact framework, which captures our vision for more effective systems for social impact in Australia.

Who we are

The Centre for Social Impact is a collaboration of three universities: UNSW Australia, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Western Australia.

CSI was established through the generosity of the Australian government, four founding corporate supporters and four philanthropic contributions.

Download the Centre for Social Impact Annual Reports here.

Our History

The Centre for Social Impact was established in 2008 under the leadership of our founding Chief Executive Officer, Peter Shergold.

The generous Commonwealth Government endowment of $12.5m was matched by our founding investors: the Macquarie Group Foundation, AMP, National Australia Bank and PwC. We have also been supported by individual donors: Robin Crawford, David Gonski, Warwick Negus and Daniel Petre.

The Centre for Social Impact has undertaken more than 30 research projects with government, business and not-for-profit partners and for five years has provided the nation’s most comprehensive post-graduate program in systems-led social leadership, directed nationally by Cheryl Kernot.

In 2016 the Centre for Social Impact welcomed its new Chief Executive Officer Kristy Muir and commenced a strategic review of its vision, mission and goals.

A collaboration of three university partners, the Centre for Social Impact has expanded from its central Sydney-based team to a network of teachers, researchers, communicators and administration teams located at UNSW Australia, Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Western Australia.

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