Michael Traill is a pioneer of impact investing in Australia. Last year the Federal government setup a taskforce to make recommendations about what they can do to help nurture Social Impact Investing. And in their wisdom, they made Michael the chair.

The taskforce published an interim report at the end of 2019 and final recommendations were due to be released in the middle 0f 2020. But covid-19 put a spanner in the works, and the report’s been delayed.

So, with lots of my listeners eager to hear about progress, I thought now would be a great time to invite Michael onto the show.

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On this episode…

Michael gives us a sneak-peak at the key issues in his report for the Prime Minister. He explains how we can turn social impact investing from a “cottage-industry” into a multi-billion-dollar change-making industry.

He suggests Australia could adopt the UK’s Big Society Capital model of an impact investment wholesaler.

My key takeaway this week…

“I think the type of deals that lend themselves to that type of impact solution are big chunks of the economy. You think about any sector where there’s significant government funding with a social impact imperative. Because that creates scale. But there’s also a requirement for them to be run with business disciplines and accountability to generate ethical revenues.”

“That’s quite a broad sweep, think about affordable housing, aged care, the vet sector, areas around mental health, there’s a big focus on regional and rural development. These are not $1M and 2M opportunities, these are multi-billion-dollar large-scale plays.” Michael says.

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Social Impact Taskforce Interim report

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