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Social impact investing

28 January 2017 | Discussion Paper

In response to the Financial System Inquiry, the Government has released a discussion paper exploring ways to facilitate the growth of the Australian social impact investing market.

Social impact investments are investments made with the intention of generating measurable social and/or environmental outcomes in addition to a financial return. Social impact investing is an emerging approach that brings together governments, service providers, investors, philanthropists and communities to tackle a range of social and environmental issues.

This discussion paper seeks views on a whole of government position on social impact investing including:

  • the potential role of the Commonwealth Government in the social impact investing market;
  • principles for social impact investing to guide Commonwealth Government involvement in the social impact investing market; and
  • possible Commonwealth regulatory barriers to the growth of the market.

The Government invites all interested parties to make a submission.

Making a Submission

Interested parties are invited to comment on the discussion paper.

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.

Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.

Closing date for submissions: Monday, 27 February 2017

Address written submissions to:

Housing Unit
Social Policy Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent

For enquiries please call David Crawford +61 2 6263 2757.

Key Documents

Make a Submission

  • Alternatively submit via post. Please include the attached submission cover sheet. 60KB
Ref Num: {C5976180-D429-4EE1-8100-9FA35609DF45}
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