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“Social impact investments are organisations and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.”

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Two proposals to improve health outcomes selected for joint development

The NSW Government will work jointly with two proponents to develop new social impact investments, following a request for proposals (RFP) that closed on 15 February 2016.

Industry and stakeholder forum for an Aboriginal Centre of Excellence

On behalf of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Leslie Williams, Aboriginal Affairs NSW is hosting an industry and stakeholder forum to establish an Aboriginal Centre of Excellence in Western Sydney.

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NSW Government releases 2016 Statement of Opportunities

Building on the momentum and progress made in 2015, the NSW Government has released the 2016 Statement of Opportunities.

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Office of Social Impact Investment releases 2015 Statement of Progress

The 2015 Statement of Progress outlines the NSW Government’s progress to implement the Social Impact Investment Policy in its first year. All of the 10 actions in the policy have been delivered or are underway.

2016 Investor Report from Impact Investing Australia

The results of Australia’s inaugural survey of investors around impact investing are detailed in a new report from Impact Investing Australia, Melbourne Business School and the University of Melbourne.

A practical guide to understanding social costs

A new guide to understanding and quantifying social costs has been developed by Deloitte Access Economics with the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing.

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NSW Government opens its second request for social impact investment proposals

As part of the Social Impact Investment Policy, the NSW Government is calling for social impact investment proposals to deliver better social and financial outcomes for individuals and communities.

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Introductory advice packages for social sector organisations now available

As a result of the strong demand for advice in the first two rounds of the Expert Advice Exchange (EAX), the Office of Social Impact Investment has been working with some advisory firms to support NFPs in ways other than one-on-one advice.

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Successful proponents for the next social impact investment transactions announced

The NSW Government has selected two proponents to enter a joint development phase from its recent request for social impact investment proposals (RFP).

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NSW Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group visits Newpin Centre

The NSW Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group, which provides independent strategic advice to the NSW Office of Social Impact Investment, recently visited UnitingCare Burnside’s Newpin Centre in Doonside.

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A morning tea for participating advisory firms in the EAX

On 23 September, the Office of Social Impact Investment hosted a morning tea for advisory firms that have donated over 3,000 hours to support social sector organisations through the Expert Advice Exchange (EAX).

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Register for market sounding sessions with the Ministry of Health

Following the first request for proposals (RFP) process in June 2015, the NSW Government is now preparing for a second RFP in late 2015 focused on chronic health and mental illness.

2015 Australian Impact Investor Survey launched

Investors are being invited to participate in Australia’s inaugural Impact Investor Survey, conducted by Impact Investing Australia.

Newpin continues to perform well – 2nd year results now available

Australia's first social benefit bond continues to deliver for families and investors in its second year, successfully reuniting vulnerable families and supporting them to stay together.

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OSII presented at an impact investing conference on 15 July

Dr Caralee McLiesh spoke about the growth of social impact investing in NSW and the NSW Government’s work in this emerging field at Impact Investing: Social and financial innovation in for-purpose organisations on 15 July 2015.

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Sample documents for social benefit bonds now available

The Office of Social Impact Investment is progressively making available a suite of sample standard form documents for use when developing and implementing social benefit bonds and other social impact investments.

Presentations from the Child Aware Approaches Conference on 18-19 May

Liz Sanders from UnitingCare Burnside and Adele Brookes from NSW Department of Family and Community Services recently spoke about their experience working together on the Newpin social benefit bond.

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Launch of the Expert Advice Exchange

The NSW Treasurer, Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, hosted the launch of the Expert Advice Exchange (EAX) on 15 May 2015.

Presentations from CEDA’s event on 7 May

Wendy Haigh from the Benevolent Society and Peter Taplin from Westpac recently spoke about how one of NSW’s social benefit bonds is helping to tackle entrenched disadvantage.

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OSII to help deliver Government’s commitment for $1 billion social housing fund

On 12 March 2015, the NSW Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) and Council of Social Services of New South Wales (NCOSS) to set up a dedicated fund to facilitate up to $1 billion in new social and affordable housing stock.

Learn more about social impact investment with Social Outcomes and NCOSS

Social Outcomes is collaborating with the NSW Council on Social Services (NCOSS) to provide NCOSS members with a Social Finance Innovation 101 workshop for senior managers.

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NSW launches its Social Impact Investment Policy

Today the NSW Government launched its Social Impact Investment Policy at Parliament House in Sydney.