Innovation for better lives

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

We bring people, communities and organisations together to collectively tackle our toughest social challenges and build the futures we want.

What we do

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.

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We weave First Nations perspectives through everything we do at TACSI

We’re committed to furthering self determination through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led innovation.

We believe it is unacceptable that systems designed to support people maintain the ongoing impacts of colonisation and intergenerational trauma.

We have a responsibility to be part of this change.

We can work with you in different ways

As capability builders

We can help build your social innovation capability through resources, courses, coaching and learning networks.

 

As connectors and facilitators

We can coordinate and facilitate networks that catalyse and co-ordinate innovation and impact.

As consultants

We work from idea to implementation, delivering participatory design projects, strategy development and insights from our action areas.

 

As long-term strategic partners

We can design and deliver long-term social impact initiatives, and work alongside you as specialist innovation partners

Ways we work

We lead hero initiatives that move the needle on a national scale, such as Our Town, Fire to Flourish, Australian Volunteers Program, End of Life Impact Network, and South Sudanese Minds.

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 to create futures where people and Country thrive

Social Innovation Workforce

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

End of Life Network

What if all Australians and their loved ones had better end of life experiences: dying peacefully, connected, life in order, in a place of their choosing and free of pain? Our Impact Network seeks to achieve just that.
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Fire to Flourish

In the wake of increasing bushfires, floods and other disaster events, it’s critical for communities to pave new ways to lead, imagine, connect and invest in their communities’ future.
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South Sudanese Minds

TACSI worked with South Sudanese Australian communities, providers and government to develop and trial ideas to improve mental health and wellbeing in response to devastating losses of young people in the communities to suicide.
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Our Town

Our Town, a long-term regional mental health initiative funded by the Fay Fuller Foundation and in partnership with TACSI and Clear Horizon, aims to build the capabilities of regional towns in South Australia to develop community responses to mental health.

Family by Family

Co-designed with South Australian families for families, our award-winning scaffolded peer-to-peer family network support model Family by Family helps families experiencing setbacks by engaging and training families who have been through tough times to help other families going through tough times themselves.
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Weavers

Our scaffolded peer-to-peer carers support model Weavers connects people who are caring for a loved one with someone who has lived experience of being a carer in Australia. Weavers is co-designed with carers, which means we listen to the voices of carers and work with them to design a program that actually works for them.
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The Future of Home E-book

This book illustrates what our future housing system could look like, and showcases the innovations and innovators who are already beginning to shape it.
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Reducing Aboriginal over-representation in the criminal justice system

In 2017, the Koori Justice Unit engaged TACSI to support the progression of Aboriginal Justice Agreement work to address complex criminal justice challenges facing the Aboriginal Community.

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Level 1, 279 Flinders St
Adelaide SA 5000

SYDNEY
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.