Eight winners were selected from a pool of 26 finalists, judged by an expert panel including Simon Gillies (PwC), Belinda Morrissey (English Family Foundation), Catherine Brown (Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation), Ian O. Williamson (Melbourne Business School) and Luke Geary (Salvos Legal).
The winners of the Social Enterprise Awards 2016 are:
Australian Social Enterprise of the Year (Small)
ASRC Catering (VIC)
ASRC Catering are a not-for-profit social enterprise operating under the umbrella of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. They provide catering to events in the Melbourne metropolitan and surrounding area providing training and career pathways into the hospitality industry for asylum seekers.
Australian Social Enterprise of the Year (Large)
Soft Landing (NSW)
Soft Landing is a mattress recycling social enterprise currently operating in NSW, ACT and WA. They divert waste mattresses from landfill and recover the components for recycling and reuse. Through deconstructing and recycling mattresses Soft Landing offers entry level training and employment to people who experience significant barriers to work.
One to Watch Award
MYC Painting Services (NSW)
MYC Painting Services is a scalable social enterprise initiated by Marist Youth Care. Their mission is to create employment for unemployed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth by operating a high quality painting and decorating business. MYC Painting Services employs young people as apprentices and delivers an intensive 26 week training program that meets all first year apprentice training obligations.