The Benevolent Society closes social leadership in Australia


The Benevolent Society has made the decision to close Social Leadership Australia (SLA) after almost 20 years. 


The Benevolent Society has made the decision to close Social Leadership Australia (SLA) after almost 20 years. It was launched in 1999 by the Benevolent Society as an innovative program to educate governments, nonprofits and corporate principals about leading their organisations and departments through a lens of social impact and justice. 

However, the Benevolent Society’s board, CEO and executives have decided to concentrate all energies on children and family, older Australians and people with disabilities.

CEO Jo Toohey said, “We are proud to have created and launched SLA as an innovative program 18 years ago. We recognise the importance of social leadership and how it has helped educate leaders to achieve social change.

At the Benevolent Society, we will continue to concentrate all our energies on helping people live their best lives by providing services to children and families to keep children safe and well, to assist older Australians to age well and remain in their homes for as long as possible, and to provide services to people with disability. Additionally, we will continue to advocate for change to help people live better lives.”


Story Brad Mayall