About ACRE

ACRE is a for-purpose social enterprise with a BIG mission. We want a positive, vibrant future for rural & regional Australia. We believe in lighting a spark for young people to think creatively, to be entrepreneurial, to be innovative and to be supported by their community.
We offer learning & development programs, community brokerage services, advice & support to build entrepreneurial skills in individuals, organisations, government and community. We educate around the emerging model of Social Enterprise as a means of re-generating rural communities in Australia.
ACRE operates the Social Enterprise Academy in Australia through a social license agreement. The Social Enterprise Academy Australia delivers learning and development programs with a focus on learning by doing. The programs are flexible, practical and responsive to the needs of communities and are suitable for a range of learners, from young people through to community organisations and CEO’s.
In 2016 ACRE led the community buyback of the Old Beechworth Gaol through a consortium of local investment and philanthropic support. Over time the site will become a vibrant precinct for the social, cultural and economic benefit of the region.

Our Purpose
To support young people and rural communities to build their entrepreneurial capability and capacity and release new opportunities that rejuvenate rural communities.

 Our values define our work: