Membership

Be part of SASEC to support the development of a practitioner led social enterprise sector across South Australia, and inform its future development within South Australia and Nationally.

Get support from a diverse group of like minded people, learn about tools and resources that can help you and hear about the challenges and success of other social enterprises in South Australia and in other states across Australia.

SASEC is a member of ASENA - Alliance of Social Enterprise Australia, which is made up of representatives from all the state and territories around Australia to provide a single voice to the Federal Government.

We know there are many definitions of social enterprise, we follow the FASES definition;

 'Social enterprises’ means entities and organisations that are led by an economic, social, cultural or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit, that trade to fulfil their mission, derive a substantial portion of their income from trade, and reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus if any, in the fulfilment of their mission'

Signing Up

There are 2 types of Membership (please see below in the blue box for more information in line with the Constitution) each definition before selecting;

Social Enterprise Ordinary/Industry members; means you work in a social enterprise or are working towards starting one and you source the majority of your revenus through trade, and can provide clear evidence that that you trade to meet your social purpose. Please provide evidence such as an ABN, Website, Social media page or Business Model Canvas.

Associate members means organisations and individuals who are not, and are not qualified to be, ordinary members, but who support the objective of SASEC. You may work in an organisation that supports social enterprise development such as a business advisory service, University, schools and tertiary institution, education provider to the sector, Government Department or Agency, Local Government and Intermediary services.

Your membership is dependent on approval by the SASEC Board and you will be notified of the outcome within 3 weeks. 

When registering there are several questions which will assist us in gathering a detailed picture of the current South Australian social enterprise ecosystem. This may take around 15 minutes and we thank you for your patience and the information you provide is valuable in building our profile as a sector. We plan on using this to build a story about our emerging sector to advocate for support and meet your needs in developing your social enterprises.

We also ask you to read the Constitution and agree to the content. Any queries please ask hellosasec@gmail.com


There are 2 kinds of SASEC membership:

1. Social Enterprise Ordinary Member

Social Enterprise Members are:

  1. South Australian entities and organisations that are led by an economic, social, cultural or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit, that trade to fulfil their mission, derive a substantial portion of their income from trade, and reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus if any, in the fulfilment of their mission.
  2. Emerging South Australian entities and organisations that can demonstrate the intent and/or are making the transition towards being a social enterprise. The majority of their income may be derived from grants and donations initially, however each such organisation or entity must have the potential supported by the demonstrable intention, to become a social enterprise in the longer term
Social Enterprise Ordinary members have voting rights and may be nominated as Board members.

Benefits:

  • Voting rights at Annual General Meeting
  • May be nominated for election to the SASEC Board.
  • The opportunity to have your voice heard and have input to our advocacy and policy work in SA and Nationally
  • The opportunity to network with your peers at member only events
  • SASEC directory listing for your social enterprise. Along with general promotion, this directory serves as a resource for commercial and government buyers to procure the services of social enterprise providers.
  • Representation with Government in matters of policy and procurement of social enterprise products and services.
  • Subscription to SASEC social enterprise sector e-news, featuring South Australian, Australian and international news, events, training opportunities, tenders and employment opportunities.

2. Associate Members

Associate members are organisations and individuals which do not fall into the above category, and are encouraged to join SASEC to participate actively in the community, stay in touch with developments and support the objectives of SASEC. Associate members do not hold voting rights.

Benefits:

  • First right to opportunities to sponsor SASEC events
  • Promote to South Australian social enterprises through a listing in the SASEC directory listing for your organisation or as an individual.

Membership Fees

In our inaugural year the founding Board has set the membership fees for everyone at the same rate $20! This is in recognition that it may take its first year to get all the membership benefits initiated and also recognises that during COVID -19 many social enterprises and supporters have been adversely affected. When a new Board is elected they will set the ongoing membership fees post June 2021.

To support the establishment of the practitioner-led Social Enterprise Council in SA, and in light of the challenging financial times COVID has created, we are keeping membership fees to the one low rate of $20 no matter who you represent in the Social Enterprise eco-system in SA.

The fee will be set at the same level for whole of the first year of establishment of the South Australian Social Enterprise Council. 

We want to see South Australian Social Enterprise Council represent all Social Enterprises across the state no matter where you are on the social enterprise journey!

Credit card and Paypal are accepted payment methods. For credit card payments the option is near the end of the process which appears to be Paypal but gives the credit card option right near the end.

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