What we do

We bring people and organisations together to creatively tackle our toughest challenges, and build the futures that all Australians deserve.

We’re The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), an independent, not-for-profit organisation working across Australia.

We have over 12 years’ hands-on experience putting social innovation into practice across systems in Australia.

We are strategic partners, capability builders, consultants, connectors and facilitators, and we’re passionate about partnering with people, communities, philanthropy, communities, government, NGOs and businesses to tackle Australia’s biggest social challenges. 

At the heart of TACSI lies the fundamental belief that people are the experts in their own lives. We believe that the best innovations come from working alongside the people who face the very challenges we’re trying to solve. Join us.

Who we are

How we can
work together

As capability builders

We can help build your social innovation capability through resources, courses, coaching and learning networks. We can partner with you to identify your unique needs, and help build out your organisation's innovation capabilities through our courses and coaching, resources and network.

As consultants

We can work from short sprints through to long term partnerships, and from idea to implementation to identify, ideate, design and deliver participatory design projects, strategy development. All while building on a body of knowledge and evidence from 12 years’ doing social innovation across our six action areas and more. 

 

As connectors and facilitators

No one organisation can make lasting change alone; it takes a network of catalysed thinking, connected approaches and coordinated community- led ideas. We love coordinating and facilitating a networked approach to everything we do. 


As long-term strategic partners

Deep work takes time, and some of our most impactful work is through our long term partnerships and relationships. We’ll work alongside your team and real people so that, together, we can partner for long-term social impact and change.

Our Action Areas

We partner to innovate, demonstrate and influence in six action areas:

Future of Mental Health

Building systems that heal not harm through authentic co-design and co-production

Social R&D

Building R&D infrastructure that’s fit for tackling our toughest challenges

The Future of Home

Creating a future where All Australians live and age well in a place they call home

People Powered Responses

Co-creating community services fit for the 21st century

Regenerative Communities

Supporting communities create futures where people and Country thrive

Social Innovation Workforce

Developing leaders, practitioners and communities with the passion and capabilities for social innovation

Our services


We’re united in our commitment to develop new and better ways to build social and economic prosperity for all.

Talk to us about:

 
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Strategy in systems

We co-create policy and strategy informed by lived-experience, evidence and complexity.

 
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Innovation capability

We help organisations develop the conditions and capabilities for innovation.

 
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Systemic innovation networks

We nurture groups of innovators to shift systems and create better futures.

 
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Service commissioning

We develop new service models and models of care informed by lived-experience and evidence.

 
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Service design

We design new service and business models, and adapt existing models for new contexts.

 
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The principles that guide our practice

  • We act in Allyship with First Nations Peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges and Country

  • We think and act systemically

  • We are rigorous in imagination and experimentation

  • We embrace diversity in decision making

  • We put a focus on learning

Our committment to diversity & inclusion
We're social
Get in touch

ADELAIDE
Level 1, 279 Flinders St
Adelaide SA 5000

SYDNEY
1/145 Redfern Street

Redfern NSW 2016

MELBOURNE
Our Community House
552 Victoria St
North Melbourne VIC 3051

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the lands in which we work and live on across Australia. We pay our respects to Elders of the past, present and emerging. We are committed to collaboration that furthers self-determination and creates a better future for all. Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.
At TACSI, diversity and inclusion is more than a statement; equality and accessibility are guiding principles embedded in everything we do. We strongly believe that it’s the collective sum of all our communities differences, life experiences, and knowledge that enables both ourselves and our partners to come together to tackle complex social issues. That’s why we’re committed to having a diverse team made up of people with diverse skills from all backgrounds, including First Nations peoples, LGBTIQ+, mature-age people, and people with visible and non-visible disabilities, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.