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South Australian Business Index

South Australia's not-for-profits are an economic and social powerhouse

South Australian Business Index

InDaily’s annual South Australian Business Index has always excluded not-for-profit organisations, but the sector is increasingly significant as an employer, a driver of economic activity and social change. This year we list the state’s largest not-for-profits for the first time and examine the size of the sector as a whole.

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After six years of producing the South Australian Business Index – a list of the top 100 for-profit companies in the state – we wanted to start to take stock of the huge role of not-for-profit organisations operating here.

Using public data on South Australian organisations listed on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register, we contacted the top bracket of them, using the imperfect but still useful guide of total income. Some came back to us with more information and up-to-date data.

We wanted to focus on the social service sector, so excluded a range of organisations that, nevertheless, have a huge impact on our community: the multi-billion-dollar universities, the huge private school sector, and the substantially publicly-funded local health networks.

This left us with a collection of service providers in aged care, a dominant sector here, disability services, broad-based community and family services (the likes of Anglicare and Uniting Communities), housing, youth, training, research and health care providers. Some, like Zoos SA, are in a category pretty much of their own.

Together, these organisations make up much of the community fabric of South Australia. In addition, as this list and the data below shows, they are very significant employers and drivers of economic activity in the state.

The top 50 listed below covers a huge range of activities and sectors, from disability services, aged care and community housing, to training and placement services, health care, research and youth development.

This collection of organisations:

If you take a broader view of the community sector, the impact is even greater.

The South Australian Council of Social Service, in its “Here for SA” campaign, assessed that the community sector in South Australia includes 37,000 employees across 765 organisations and more than 54,000 volunteers.

While this list doesn’t scratch the surface, comparisons with this year’s South Australian Business Index – while based on the different measure of market capitalisation and assessing organisations with different priorities – shows the significance of the sector.

We consciously decided not to make this a qualitative ranking: while we have listed the biggest not-for-profits in descending order, a relatively simple exercise like this cannot reveal the full impact of each organisation on the people they support.

For example, Novita – 21st on this list in terms of income – has a network of more than 35 sites in South Australia and across the border in Broken Hill. It has been around for more than 80 years and supports more than 5000 clients. While its total income was $60 million in the 2020 financial year, it had a surplus of $5 million which is reinvested to support people living with disability.

In a different sector, the Hospital Research Foundation is a network of 10 charitable entities which support research and patient care in more than 60 different areas of health and wellbeing. It also provides grants to smaller charities that it judges as being high impact.

Uniting Communities, one of a number of organisations on this list that provides a broad range of social services, supports more than 80,000 clients with a workforce of more than 1000 people.

There are many smaller charities outside of this list which, although their revenue might be less significant, have a particularly high impact in the areas in which they work.

Some are unique and, therefore, their absence would be felt keenly throughout the state.

For example, Meals on Wheels just missed out on this list, with a total income of $20.5 million, but it’s hard to imagine South Australia’s social fabric without its services. It has more than 6300 volunteers, with a claim to being SA’s largest community-based volunteer organisation. It provides not only 4500 nourishing meals daily to older South Australians, but also a sense of community connection.

A more sophisticated assessment of the sector – looking at social impact as well as the raw numbers – is on InDaily’s agenda for next year, but this is a start.

Resthaven

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 2746 (total staff)

Volunteers: 346

Total income: $203 million

Source: Updated information supplied by organisation

Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & Victoria)

Sector: Aged care (headquartered in SA)

Employees: 1774 (FTE)

Volunteers: 436

Total income: $193 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Anglicare SA

Sector: Social services

Employees: 1275 (FTE)

Volunteers: 589

Total income: $182 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

ACH Group

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 1837 (1130 FTE)

Volunteers: 234 (24 FTE)

Total income: $129 million

Source: Supplied by organisation

St Andrew’s Hospital

Sector: Health

Employees: 800 (420 FTE)

Volunteers: 100

Total income: $120 million

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

Eldercare Australia

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 780 (FTE)

Volunteers: 250

Total income: $109 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Helping Hand Aged Care Inc

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 983 (FTE)

Volunteers: 275

Total income: $107 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register and annual report.

Minda Incorporated

Sector: Disability services

Employees: 2000 (total people)

Volunteers: 257

Total income: $103 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register and annual report.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

Sector: Medical research

Employees: 443 (total people) plus 465 employees of partners (universities or hospitals) who work at SAHMRI at least part-time

Volunteers: 24

Total income: $92.3 million

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

CARA

Sector: Disability support

Employees: 1126 (total people)

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $91 million

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

Bedford Group

Sector: Disability services

Employees: 1148 supported employees and 452 staff

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $89.8 million (revenue)

Source: Supplied by organisation

UnitingSA Ltd

Sector: Aged care, community services, housing, social enterprise

Employees: 1003

Volunteers: 93

Total income: $88.7 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register and annual report.

Uniting Communities

Sector: Community support; aged care; disability services; homelessness.

Employees: 1022 (total people), 641.82 (FTE)

Volunteers: 407

Total income: $85.9 million

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

SYC

Sector: Health, employment, housing, education

Employees: 632 (557.4 FTE)

Volunteers: 23

Total income: $82.8 million

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

Workskil

Sector: Employment services

Employees: 387 in SA head office

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: Not supplied.

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

Maxima Training Group (Aust)

Sector: Employment and training

Employees: 263 in South Australia, 161 interstate

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $79.6

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register and annual report.

The Hospital Research Foundation

Sector: Medical research

Employees: 76

Volunteers: 143

Total income: $66 million

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

ECH Group

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 674

Volunteers: 124

Total income: $63 million (2019/20)

Source: Supplied by organisation

Baptist Care (SA)

Sector: Out of home care, disability care, youth education, employment, homelessness, therapeutic support services

Employees: 877

Volunteers: 299

Total income: $62.1 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register and annual report.

Novita

Sector: Disability services

Employees: 900 (approx total people)

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $60 million

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

Centacare Catholic Family Services

Sector: Disability, homelessness, domestic violence, children’s, relationship support, youth, community, training and intervention services

Employees: 565

Volunteers: 63 (active)

Total income: $50 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register and annual report.

The Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of South Australia (also known as Paraquad SA)

Sector: Disability services

Employees: 423 (FTE)

Volunteers: 51

Total income: $40.9 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register and annual report.

Community Living Options

Sector: Disability services

Employees: 373.88 (FTE)

Volunteers: 10

Total income: $39.2 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Burnside War Memorial Hospital

Sector: Health care

Employees: 232 (FTE)

Volunteers: 40

Total income: $38.9 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

HenderCare Foundation

Sector: Children’s services, disability services

Employees: 269.16 (FTE)

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $37.3 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

The Trustee for James Brown Memorial Trust (known as Kalyra)

Sector: Aged care, housing, in-home aid

Employees: 255 (FTE)

Volunteers: 210

Total income: $36.4 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Clayton Church Homes

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 267.61 (FTE)

Volunteers: 55

Total income: $35.3 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Italian Benevolent Foundation (SA Incorporated)

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 286 (FTE)

Volunteers: 100

Total income: $34 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Unity Housing Company

Sector: Community housing

Employees: 97 (FTE)

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $33 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

The Scout Association of Australia, South Australian Branch

Sector: Youth

Employees: 104.97 (FTE)

Volunteers: 2550

Total income: $32.9 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Orana Australia

Sector: Disability services

Employees: 377 (FTE)

Volunteers: 90

Total income: $32.7 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Lutheran Homes

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 295 (FTE)

Volunteers: 250

Total income: $32.6 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

MTA

Sector: Workplace relations and training

Employees: 78

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $31.4 million

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

Uniting Country SA

Sector: Community aid

Employees: 197.5 (FTE)

Volunteers: 100

Total income: $31.1 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Lighthouse Disability

Sector: Disability services

Employees: 154.8 (FTE)

Volunteers: 60

Total income: $30.2 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Zoos SA

Sector: Conservation

Employees: 250 (total people)

Volunteers: 420

Total income: $29 million

Source: Updated data supplied by organisation

Autism Association of South Australia

Sector: Disability services

Employees: 101 full-time employees; 166 part-time employees; 157 casual employees

Volunteers: 22

Total income: $28.5 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Relationships Australia (South Australia)

Sector: Family services

Employees: 224 (FTE)

Volunteers: 270

Total income: $27.4 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Legal Services Commission of SA

Sector: Legal aid

Employees: 172.59 (FTE)

Volunteers: 1

Total income: $26 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Boandik Lodge

Sector: Aged care, Disability services

Employees: 260 (FTE)

Volunteers: 110

Total income: $25.9 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

PEER (Formerly Plumbing Electrical Electronic and Refrigeration Vocational Education Employment and Training Incorporated)

Sector: Training

Employees: 46.4 (FTE)

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $25.2

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Aboriginal Family Support Services

Sector: Family services

Employees: 225.88 (FTE)

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $24.6 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Inner Western Workskills

Sector: Training

Employees: 249 (FTE)

Volunteers: 42

Total income: $24 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in SA (Vasileias)

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 240

Volunteers: 38

Total income: $23.6 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Trainee & Apprentice Placement Service

Sector: Recruitment and placement

Employees: 397 (FTE)

Volunteers: 7

Total income: $22.7 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Calvary Mary MacKillop Care SA

Sector: Aged care

Employees: Not provided

Volunteers: Not provided

Total income: $22.5 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Alwyndor Aged Care – City of Holdfast Bay

Sector: Aged care

Employees: 165.60 (FTE)

Volunteers: 35

Total income: $22.2 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Anglicare SA Housing

Sector: Housing

Employees: N/A

Volunteers: N/A

Total income: $21.8 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

North Eastern Community Hospital

Sector: Health

Employees: 163 (FTE)

Volunteers: 60

Total income: $21.5 million

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register

Construction Industry Training Board

Sector: Training

Employees: 17.14 (FTE)

Volunteers: 19

Total income: $21.1 million

 

Correction:  Due to an editorial production error, HCO Disability and Community Services was mistakenly included in the top 50. The Hills-based disability services provider has a total income of $18.2 million, with 34 full-time staff, 155 part-time and 42 casual employees. It has been replaced in the top 50 by the Construction Industry Training Board.

After publication, Uniting Communities updated its employee figures.

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