What we do

Social Firm Development

The Social Firm Business Development Team consists of a highly skilled group of professionals from the business sector committed to helping create accessible workplaces for people with a mental illness or disability.

Workplace Support

Since 2008, SoFA has been providing workplace supports consultancy services to the employees and managers of Social Firms, social enterprise and general workplaces. The services provided are specifically focused on the needs of employees with mental illness including common disorders like anxiety and depression as well as more significant mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder.

Research and Evaluation

SoFA is committed to increasing the evidence base in best practice employment supports for people with a mental illness. SoFA works in partnership with many organisations in its research and evaluation program.

Partnerships with Industry

The Partnerships with Industry Project has been developed to assist social firms increase their capacity and consequently employment opportunities for their clients by encouraging business and government to purchase services from or award contracts to social firms.

With appropriate support, many of those who have the potential to work, but are not currently working because of economic or social inequalities, illness or acquired or congenital disability, can access the benefits of work.
The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental M
“The annual cost of mental illness in Australia has been estimated at $20 billion, which includes the cost of lost productivity and labour force participation”
ABS
“With respect to disability pensions, 60 billion dollars per year is spent in Australia. 28% of this or 16.8 billion dollars per is spent on people with mental illness.”
Harmer J. Pension review Background Paper, Department of Fam

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