Partnerships increase the likelihood of each party achieving their mission and amplifying their reach. A community-business partnership involves a business and a community group working together over a period of time to achieve outcomes beneficial to both parties, as well as the wider community. Successful partnerships depend on:

  • Solid planning;
  • Mutual respect;
  • Shared values;
  • Clear expectations;
  • A willingness to listen and change if need be; and
  • A desire to make a positive impact on the community.

For further information please see the Our Community website.

“We are reforming our welfare system so that it is sustainable, encourages people to work and can address complex social problems. Our society’s most complex problems cannot be solved by government alone. Solutions to these problems need to involve businesses, philanthropic organisations and individuals, and the community.”

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

“Corporate social responsibility will have an important role to play in contributing to these solutions and supporting vulnerable individuals and families. Businesses are engaging in corporate social responsibility in increasingly diverse ways, including impact investment, corporate grants, skilled volunteering and community partnerships. A good example of an innovative cross-sector partnership is Goodstart Early Learning. Goodstart was established by a partnership of four of Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisations, following the collapse of ABC Learning, the largest single provider of child care in the Australian market. It employs a social investment approach and has successfully built a consortium of partners and investors across the public, private and community sectors to deliver quality early childhood education and care.”

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

“There are many other ways to help grow philanthropic giving in Australia. That’s why we’re investing $650,000 over three years to support Philanthropy Australia to deliver Philanthropy Partnerships Week with the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal. Held over the second week in December, the week will grow our culture of philanthropy, inspire new partnerships, and change perceptions of philanthropy.”

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