Who we are
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working across Australia and globally.
We partner with communities and organisations to put people at the heart of shaping their lives and society. Together, we tackle big social challenges and build the conditions for social innovation.
We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries, and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.
We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature-age people and people with visible and non-visible disabilities, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.
We're working to create culturally safe spaces and a workplace of respect.
To find out more about social innovation careers or for a confidential conversation about any of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation jobs, send us a message here.
Are you looking to make a difference? We believe that by putting people back at the heart of social innovation, we can make lasting change.
We’re not actively hiring right now
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion
At TACSI, diversity and inclusion is more than just words; equality and accessibility are guiding principles embedded in everything we do.
People are at the heart of everything we do, and we are committed to building an organisation where people from diverse disciplines, ages and experiences come together to tackle complex social issues and build the conditions for social innovation – all while helping each other learn and grow.
Working at TACSI
TACSI is a supportive environment where people from diverse disciplines, ages and experiences come together to tackle complex social issues and build the conditions for social innovation – all while helping each other learn and grow.
A career at TACSI means joining one of the longest standing social innovation teams in the world, which is the product of many multidisciplinary doers and thinkers who have shaped, contributed to and influenced TACSI.
We all shape the future
We regularly come together to connect around learning – from our own work, from our partners and from international thought leaders. Everyone in the organisation is active in shaping the next version of TACSI, from business processes to strategy. Our people are our greatest asset. We also recognise that change starts inside with shifting how we function as individuals, teams and an organisation.
TACSI is a networked organisation centred around learning and impact. This means we don’t have a traditional hierarchy based on power and position; instead, we organise by elevating collective wisdom, lived experience and professional expertise while sharing risk, responsibility, decision-making and power.
We can fluidly and quickly adapt with project and working groups forming and dissolving around priorities, needs and timeframes.
People don’t have line managers, they are part of a peer support circle and draw upon a variety of structures to self-organise. This allows every individual at TACSI to be equipped and encouraged to take initiative and to draw quickly upon the knowledge and experience of their peers to ensure they make good decisions.
Flexible work practices, including the ability to work from home
Dedicated time and allowance for professional development and learning
A bright and spacious office in the central city in Adelaide, a colourful co-hub space in Melbourne, and a cosy workspace in the city in Sydney
Acknowledgment program for positive feedback
A welcoming team with a sense of fun!
Our 'words to live by'
Am I/Are we?
Centering impact for Aboriginal peoples?
Foregrounding reconciliation and allyship in everything we do?
Respecting and learning from the diversity strength & wisdom of Aboriginal peoples?
Nurturing deeper relationships with people and the planet?
Supporting healing through our interactions?
Noticing and ending colonising behaviours and practices?
Am I/Are we?
Seeing and responding to complexity?
Understanding and intentionally shape my/our role in supporting emergent systems
Shifting determinants and symptoms?
Challenging dominant cultures and the status quo?
Maximising impact through joined-up approaches?
Am I/Are we?
Building on what is known and what works?
Seeing, developing and acting on what’s possible?
Supporting risk taking by learning our way through change?
Engaging with, building the capability of and being led by diverse people?
Spreading what works and sharing outwards openly?
Am I/Are we?
Amplifying and being led by marginalised voices?
Aware of the limitations of my/our own experience?
Understanding that identity impacts experience?
Creating safe/brave and inclusive spaces?
Challenging inequitable power structures?
Seeking to create and promote diverse actions and therefore more stability in systems?
Embracing diversity to enrich and embolden solutions and communications?
Am I/Are we?
Nurturing connection, trust, confidence and community; and building the capacity of others?
Being challenged to sit in and learn from discomfort?
Using learning to ignite passion, sustain engagement and inform better decisions?
Reflecting on and capturing collective wisdom?
Building on and stretching social innovation disciplines?