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impact2020: Series two

20 November 2020
Over six weeks during April, May and June 2020 more than 5,000 people attended one or more of CSI's hour-long impact2020 webinars, which covered a range of social impact topics and ...

Outcomes Measurement Workshops

29 October 2020
** Our online Outcomes Measurement Workshop on 24-25 November, 2020 is now at capacity. To go on the waiting list or for more information please get in touch with Mags ...

Addressing social issue areas in the context of COVID-19

23 October 2020
The Centre for Social Impact is producing a series of fact sheets to address specific social issue areas in the context of COVID-19. Fact Sheet Thirteen: Mental Health and COVID-19 ...

Media Release: Digital Inclusion Report warns of COVID impact

22 October 2020
The 2020 Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII), published today, shows that a high level of digital inequality persists in Australia with many groups continuing to miss out on the benefits ...

Media Release: Nation at risk of homelessness surge - National Monitor

19 October 2020
Australia’s homelessness rate is set to surge as short-term coronavirus income and housing protections are ended, according to the second Australian Homelessness Monitor released today. Pre-pandemic, homelessness had climbed by ...

Media Release: NSW Government COVID-19 responses underperform on homelessness and high school retention rates - new research

15 October 2020
New South Wales is faring better than its economic peers (based on GSP per Capita - QLD, VIC, SA, TAS) on overall social progress but is underperforming in its estimated ...

Media Release: ACT Government COVID-19 responses perform high on social progress across the board - new research

15 October 2020
The Australian Capital Territory fares best in the nation in terms of overall social progress according to the Centre for Social Impact’s (CSI) Australian Social Progress Index (ASPI), to be discussed ...

Media Release: Queensland performing well on environmental quality - underperforms on supporting basic human needs and opportunity

14 October 2020
Queensland is performing well on maintaining environmental quality, but is underperforming on overall social progress according to the Centre for Social Impact’s (CSI) Australian Social Progress Index (ASPI), to be discussed ...

Media Release: NT underperforms on social progress, making slow progress to achieving SDGs - new research

14 October 2020
The Northern Territory is underperforming across the board in terms of social progress compared to other Australian jurisdictions according to the Centre for Social Impact’s (CSI) Australian Social Progress Index (ASPI), ...

Media Release: WA performing low on social progress, but high on shelter - new research

14 October 2020
Western Australia is performing high on shelter and response to overcrowding despite low performance on overall social progress according to the Centre for Social Impact’s (CSI) Australian Social Progress Index (ASPI), ...

Media Release: Tasmania performing best in environmental quality, but underperforms in digital technology and higher education - new research

13 October 2020
Tasmania is reportedly performing best in the country for addressing Indigenous disparity in terms of out of home care, abuse substantiations and student attendance rate according to the Centre for ...

Media Release: South Australia performing in providing shelter and inclusive society, but vulnerable in basic medical care, water and sanitation - new research

13 October 2020
South Australia is performing better than its peers on social housing overcrowding, young people classified as NEET, and underutilisation of women in the workforce according to the Centre for Social ...

Media Release: Victoria performs high on personal safety, health and wellness, but COVID-19 response shows inequities in personal freedom and choice - new research

12 October 2020
Victoria is faring best in the nation in terms of community mental health, teen pregnancy, physical assaults and youth crime according to the Centre for Social Impact’s (CSI) Australian Social ...

Media Release: New social progress research paper benchmarks states’ and territories’ progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals

12 October 2020
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is holding a week-long series of webinars discussing new research that shows, for the first time, how social progress indicators can be used as ...

Budget Response - October 2020

9 October 2020
This response discusses how the key changes presented in September’s Federal Budget are likely to have an impact on different social issue areas; positive and negative. We explore how, while ...

Media Release: CSI secures Zurich and the Z Zurich Foundation to support research into mental health and wellbeing in a post-COVID environment

28 September 2020
The Centre for Social Impact today announced a new research project to explore and analyse the state of mental health and wellbeing systems in Australia in the shadow of COVID-19. ...

Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Social Impact Festival 2020

24 August 2020
The second Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Social Impact Summit was held in early August 2020 as the culmination of the Social Impact Festival's opening week (3rd - 9th). Starting with ...

CSI Swinburne welcomes three new adjuncts

21 August 2020
The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne were delighted to welcome three new adjuncts in early July 2020. Adjunct roles are honorary positions through which CSI acknowledges the leadership and contributions ...

Media Release: COVID-19 affects disadvantaged families more than others, study shows

21 August 2020
Families on low incomes have reported feeling depressed or anxious at twice the rates of the general community, according to the findings of a study into entrenched disadvantage in WA. ...

Congrats to our latest scholarship recipients!

20 August 2020
We're thrilled to announce that our judging panel have now selected the receipients of our Round 2, 2020 scholarships! We’re so pleased to be awarding our eight successful recipients from ...

Ten COVID leadership lessons

19 August 2020
Our CEO, Professor Kristy Muir, has put together her ten COVID leadership lessons. Watch the video below to hear Kristy's reflections. Ten COVID leadership lessons Care and compassion are king ...

Media Release: Wellbeing plans needed to support teachers

11 August 2020
New research from the Centre of Social Impact calls for wellbeing plans to protect teachers, vital for students & families. The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) has released a new ...

CSI UNSW welcomes Associate Professor Graham Brown

11 August 2020
The Centre for Social Impact has announced today that Associate Professor Graham Brown will join the team as the academic lead for Amplify and CSI UNSW’s evaluation programs. “We are ...

Media Release: Free practical business support for Victorian social enterprises

10 August 2020
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne’s Social Startup Studio has today announced free new clinics for Victorian social enterprises to support the sector following the devastating impacts of the ...

Media Release: New report calls for urgent reforms to support charities

3 August 2020
New report calls for urgent reforms to support charities as analysis reveals charities could power post-COVID economic recovery A new report launched today by Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and the ...

Media Release: Economic focus of Government COVID-19 responses revealed by Social Progress Index

23 July 2020
A new fact sheet by the Centre for Social Impact reveals the extent that social vulnerabilities are addressed by Australian federal and state governments’ policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Media Release: New national research project to evaluate the state of the charity, not-for-profit and for-purpose sectors

19 July 2020
The Centre for Social Impact is inviting charity, not-for-profit and for-purpose leaders to participate in an Australian-first research project in the wake of COVID-19. The Centre for Social Impact has ...

Media Release: 12 million Australians concerned about their financial wellbeing as a result of COVID-19

16 July 2020
A new policy paper by the Centre for Social Impact highlights how effective Australian federal and state governments’ financial wellbeing have been in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...

COVID-19 update from our CEO

16 July 2020
You may have seen recent news that UNSW Sydney is the latest university to announce job losses as part of its efforts to remain sustainable. COVID-19 has had a devastating ...

Investing in our social fabric or paying the price of social dislocation?

19 June 2020
Why we need to save Australian charities to win the war on COVID-19 By Professor Kristy Muir and Dr Ioana Ramia, Centre for Social Impact, UNSW Sydney The latest ABS ...

Media Release: New report forecasts dire financial future for charities in Australia

2 June 2020
A new report launched today by Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) forecasts that more than 200,000 jobs in the charity sector could be lost ...

Media Release: Youth unemployment due to COVID-19 to have significant social impact on young people for years to come

26 May 2020
New policy paper by the Centre for Social Impact highlights the significant impact on youth unemployment since COVID-19 with social impacts to affect young people for years to come. The ...

Media Release: Charities must connect with their communities to survive

21 May 2020
Sector leaders have stressed that charities and not-for-profits must engage with their local communities to improve viability and growth following the impacts from COVID-19 and the bushfires. In today’s impact2020 ...

Economic Dignity: A way forward

19 May 2020
We turn to our principles to determine the best course of action when we are uncertain. Principles can bring clarity to complex situations and they can help us understand how ...

The value of charity and charities

18 May 2020
How do we ensure our charities' survival, contribution and rebuild in the wake of COVID-19? CEO Update - May 2020 by Professor Kristy Muir My Aunty Val passed away recently. ...

Media Release: National rapid-response research program to guide for-purpose sector through COVID-19

6 May 2020
The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) today announced the launch of a national research program: Pulse of the For-Purpose Sector & Building Back Better. This large, national program has multiple ...

Media release: Digital equality has never been more important – leading academics

29 April 2020
Governments, telcos must do more to halt a widening and deepening digital divide which threatens to generate serious social and economic harm post-COVID-19. Addressing personal and organisation digital inequality, particularly ...

impact2020.online launches today

22 April 2020
impact2020: a new online platform bringing together Australia’s for-purpose sector to connect, learn and collaborate At a time when COVID-19 is keeping Australians apart, the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) ...

Efficiency through amalgamation? Not so fast, says Prof Jo Barraket

22 April 2020
As we confront the huge resource demands of the COVID-19 crisis and the economic trials of a post-COVID world, discussions about how best to ‘improve’ the efficiencies of not for ...

Media Release: AACSB International Recognises the Swinburne CSI Social Start Up Studio

21 April 2020
AACSB International Recognises Swinburne Business School’s Centre for Social Impact for the Swinburne Social Start Up Studio Tampa, Fla., USA (April 21, 2020)—Today, AACSB International (AACSB)—the world’s largest business education ...

What ought one do?

8 April 2020
COVID-19 a quandary of ethical decision making Like many people, my husband and I have started shopping for five of our older neighbours who shouldn’t be leaving their homes. This ...

Three-year research program evaluates Vanguard's impact

26 March 2020
Aurora Elmes As people across Australia grapple with the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 it’s clear we’ll need to draw on our resourcefulness, innovative spirits and kinship to get ...

COVID-19: Engaging our leadership, our humanity, our values

23 March 2020
CEO Update: March 2020 It’s early in the morning. I sit on my deck, barefooted typing away. The bird song is all I can hear. The cockatoos are dive bombing ...

New CSI scholarship recipients announced

17 March 2020
After a rigorous phase of considering the many applications we received for our first round of scholarships in 2020, we’re so pleased to be announcing and introducing the 16 successful ...

People with disabilities absent in COVID-19 response

13 March 2020
13 March 2020 Leading health and disability researchers from the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales are calling for urgent action from State and ...

Media Release: New social progress index ranks states and territories on social performance in Australian first

27 February 2020
A new index to measure the quality of life for people across Australia has been launched today. The Australian Social Progress Index (SPI), which ranks states and territories on their ...

Charities: Is trust in surplus or deficit?

18 February 2020
CEO Update: February 2020 This weekend Australians and internationals opened their hearts and their wallets again during the Fire Aid Concert for bush fire relief. $9.5m was raised for the Foundation ...

Connecting our financial ecosystem

16 February 2020
Dr Archana Voola writes about the importance of bringing together the entire financial ecosystem of stakeholders to improve the well-being of all Australians. One year on from the release of ...

CSI announces two new members of its adjunct team

5 February 2020
The Centre for Social Impact at UNSW Sydney is pleased to announce the addition of two more members to its Adjunct team. Adjunct Professor Abigail Powell continues her relationship with ...

Lifting your gaze: Governing for social impact

5 February 2020
In a partnership between the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), AGSM @ UNSW Business School, JBWere and NAB, more than 200 social impact leaders from across the Australian not-for-profit sector ...

CSI congratulates Australia Day honours recipients

28 January 2020
The Centre for Social Impact sends its heartfelt congratulations to the many and varied Australia Day honours recipients working in the community sector - each with a strong commitment and ...

CEO Update: January 2020

13 January 2020
LEADERSHIP IN A SUSTAINED CRISIS “The task of leading during a sustained crisis - whether you are the CEO of a major corporation … [or the Prime Minister of a ...

Social Impact Summer Webinar Series

13 January 2020
We’re pleased to be sharing CSI Swinburne’s recent Social Impact Summer Webinar Series. Across four weeks in late 2019, multidisciplinary researchers presented their cutting-edge research across four topics related to ...
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