Economic, social and community development

27 MAY

This activity is best explained by some general examples of the activities a charity may undertake within this category. The examples are not an exhaustive list. They are presented as a guide. A charity’s experience or interpretation of the category may be different. See Charity Activities.

Economic, social and community development

Community and neighbourhood organisations – Organisations working towards improving the quality of life within communities or neighbourhoods, e.g., squatters’ associations, local development organisations and co-operatives for people experiencing financial need.

Example: a neighbourhood house provides assistance and support for newly arrived migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, refugees and other vulnerable people in the community.

Economic development – Organisations that advance industry and commerce for the public benefit.

Example: an organisation undertakes activities to advance agriculture in Australia through improvements to farming methods and research into pest management.

Social development – Organisations working towards improving the institutional infrastructure and capacity to alleviate social problems.

Example: an organisation invests in critical infrastructure projects such as building bridges and roads to connect remote communities, which in turn improves health, education, and economic opportunities for the people of these communities.


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