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Innovative investment involves working with partners to strategically invest capital and expertise.

Impact Investing develops opportunities for investors seeking both a social and financial return on their investment; to move beyond the role of funder and to become deeply engaged by sharing their skills and networks to create sustainable ventures, projects and programmes.

For further information please see the Impact Investments Australia website.

Social investment means the provision of finance to achieve a combination of economic and social goals. Economic objectives are straightforward, but social goals represent a new frontier in investment.

For further information please see the ClearlySo website.

“The Government will invest $30 million to develop the social impact investment market and facilitate investment trials with State and Territory governments. Impact investing will harness private capital to support innovative approaches to solve complex social problems affecting the most vulnerable.  This will include a focus on projects addressing youth homelessness and welfare dependence.”

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter, 9 May 2017

“Increasing opportunities for social investment and building the capacity of the community sector to take up innovative finance models, is one of the key aims of this partnership. In this way we will empower civil society organisations and equip them to tackle issues in their own community in partnership with corporate and philanthropic organisations.”

Former Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, January 2015.

“Opportunity Child is an example of an organisation which has made use of an innovative investment and partnership model. The model trials a new approach to collaboration by leveraging contributions from the community, philanthropic, corporate and government sectors, supported by seed funding from a philanthropic foundation called ten20. Ten20 works to enhance child wellbeing in 20 vulnerable communities across Australia. The initiative draws on the collective resources of a variety of stakeholders to focus on early prevention solutions to substantially improve educational and developmental results for children.”

Former Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, January 2015.

“Social Impact Bonds can deliver better services and results, better partnerships between the government and non-government sectors, and better value for taxpayers.”

Former Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, September 2015.

“[Social impact bonds] recognise that the challenges we have in addressing social challenges go well beyond the public sphere and we need the innovation, the accountability and the discipline that comes from private investment in this area. For social impact bonds to work there has to be a rigorous and accountable model. There is a real appetite among investors to get involved in this.”

Former Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, September 2015.