Recognising the value of social enterprise.
Since 2020, White Box Enterprises has been working in close consultation with the Department of Social Services to co-design a Payment By Outcomes (PBO) trial - the first of its kind for jobs-focused social enterprise.
The three-year $3.8M landmark trial, which commenced in July 2022, is exploring the effectiveness of jobs-focused social enterprises in delivering long-term employment outcomes for people living with a disability.
Up to 170 people living with a disability will be supported into award wage employment with one of 15 jobs-focused social enterprises participating in the trial.
As each person achieves milestones in their employment, the social enterprise employing and supporting them will receive outcomes-based payments at 6, 12 and 18 months, as well as additional payments when an employee chooses to transition to another employer.
“We look forward to seeing the role jobs-focused social enterprises can play, alongside the strong disability employment services system we’re creating.”
– Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth.
How we are tracking
Data as at 31 March 2023
Jobs-focused social enterprises
Of participants are under 30
Of participants are under 21
Payments to social enterprises so far
Social enterprise delivers
According to a new report, social enterprise outperforms Disability Employment Services (DES) on retention, individual earnings and cost savings to government.
Individuals fare better
They stay in work longer
Employee retention after 26 weeks with a social enterprise is at 86%, compared to DES at 37%.
They are earning more
Individuals are estimated to earn $28,000 in their first 12 months, 28% more than the average DES participant.
They start work sooner
When individuals are employed with a social enterprise, paid employment at full award wages and training start simultaneously.
Cost savings to government
The current Payment by Outcomes model is estimated to be 17% more cost effective than DES
The government will save an estimated $18,300 per person under the PBO model (based on 150 participants), equating to a $2.75M benefit over five years.
No job outcome = no payment
Unlike a DES provider, a social enterprise only receives its first payment once the individual has retained employment for at least 26 weeks and earned a minimum of $513/fortnight.
** If scaled to 10,000 individuals this could save government an estimated $183M over five years. **
Participating social enterprises
This is the third PBO trial launched under the Australian Government’s Social Impact Investing Initiatives, however the first involving impact investors. A special thanks to Macquarie Group Foundation, Tripple and Hand Heart Pocket Foundation, the trial would not have been possible without your support.
1/309 North Quay, Brisbane 4000
PO Box 590, Fortitude Valley 4006
Cremorne Jobs Hub
Building 3, 658 Church St,
Richmond, VIC, 3121
Social Enterprise District
– Mt Gravatt
1030 Cavendish Rd,
Mount Gravatt 4122
White Box is always on the lookout for people that have social enterprise in their blood. We don’t have any positions open at the moment but we are always recruiting. Find out more.
Acknowledgement of Country
We are proud to work with social enterprises all over Australia. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the land we work and live on, recognising that Sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to the First People of this country, their culture and Elders past, present and emerging.