Social Enterprise

Hybrid Enterprise Organisations - a workshop:
re-calibrating the ‘social enterprise’ equation


Thursday 6 June 2019, Hyde Park Forum, 271 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

CCA invites members to attend a workshop and “join the conversation” to consider how hybrid enterprise strategies can open up new opportunities for your organisation.

Workshop Overview

Hybrid organisations are not defined by their for-profit or non-profit status, rather it’s how they create and deliver different forms of value as a core part of managing their organisational mission and strategy.

Using a hybrid organisational framework can facilitate discussions about how you could best create viable revenue streams to support your mission. Hybrids focus on both social and economic benefits, so it’s not a matter of one or the other. It shifts the focus away from a resilience strategy, where you are reacting to continual shifts in government funding arrangements, toward a proactive sustainability strategy. This simple shift means you can start to consider how to best generate the resources and revenue streams you need to create a thriving social program. Any change is not without implications on how you manage to achieve your social mission, how you explain this to your stakeholders and the daily organisational operations.

Our Workshop Partners

This session is a collaboration with UTS (University of Technology Sydney) Centre for Business and Social Innovation researchers and the Wayside Chapel. It is designed to familiarise you with the Hybrid Organisation concept and give you an opportunity to learn about the practitioner’s perspective told through a Wayside Chapel case study of developing a hybrid enterprise, the Heart Cafe. Download the Managing Hybrid Enterprise Guide (PDF, 1MB).

Wayside Chapel is a Sydney-based not-for-profit organisation that provides support to people facing homelessness, addiction and mental health issues. Their programs are designed to ensure the most marginalised members of the community have access to essential health, welfare, social and vocational services.

During the workshop you will understand how the Wayside Chapel has benefited from a Hybrid enterprise approach and how they have managed tensions along the way.

The workshop will also place community-based enterprises into context through a panel discussion of CCA members that run social enterprises, including JobQuest, New Futures Training (Melbourne) and Jesuit Social Services.

Workshop purpose: This workshop will enable participants to:

  1. understand the opportunities of a hybrid enterprise model, especially in regard to mission effectiveness, social impact and alternative revenue streams;
  2. identify the challenges of managing a hybrid enterprise, especially in regard to mission, staffing, organisational structure and stakeholder expectations; and
  3. determine how they might develop a hybrid enterprise strategy.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for any CCA member staff or board director with responsibility for – or interest in – their organisation’s business development, strategic planning, service program design or financial sustainability. This could include CEOs, CFOs, VET managers, senior program and business development managers, chairs and other board directors, and other senior staff members.

Tentative workshop schedule

  • Why hybrids?
  • A spectrum of hybrid forms, including a sample of CCA member social enterprise structures
  • Features of managing hybrids – beneficial tensions
  • Developing a hybrid enterprise strategy for your organisation


The distinctive features of adult and community education (ACE) providers have been outlined by Adult Learning Australia (ALA, 2017) as not-for-profit, local, inclusive and learner-centred organisations. Recent shifts in government policy have changed the landscape and positioning of ACE, as traditionally the focus was on personal enrichment and learning. Now ACE does this but also provides basic adult education, formal vocational education and training (VET), pathways from one form of learning to another, other social and community services, and a growing number of independent special assistance secondary schools.

Competitive government funding arrangements means that ACE and public (TAFE) RTOs now face increased competition from other VET providers, including private RTOs.

Community colleges have great potential to explore new organising models and alternate revenue streams. The ALA report notes that ACE providers have economic roles as work-skills developers, bridge builders and platform builders; and community roles as capacity builders, citizenship promoters and health facilitators. Given these dual sets of roles, there are growing opportunities to develop hybrid enterprise strategies to ensure long term organisational viability and sustainability. This is especially important given that ACE providers often service the most vulnerable and marginalised populations.

Register now using the link below

This workshop is only for CCA members, and the number of seats are limited. Bookings are free but required to ensure your place. If you book but are unable to attend, please let CCA know, as there is likely to be a waiting list of participants.

The workshop will take place at the Hyde Park Forum, 271 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. The venue is 3 minutes from Museum station and walking distance from Town Hall station. Registration opens at 9.15 am, and the workshop will start promptly at 9.45 am. Morning tea and lunch will be provided, and the workshop will end at 2.45 pm.

More information

Contact CCA on tel (02) 9233 3634 or via email.


CCA thanks researchers and staff from UTS and Wayside Chapel for their invaluable assistance in running this workshop.

CCA acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of our land, and that this workshop will take place on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.