About Us

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation brings people into the heart of shaping their lives and society.

Formed in 2009 as an initiative of the South Australian Government, TACSI is now an independent social enterprise working on projects and initiatives across Australia. Bringing together a unique and diverse team of people from all over the world, the staff at TACSI are all united in their commitment to developing new and better ways to build social and economic prosperity for all.

At the heart of TACSI lies the fundamental belief that people are the experts in their own lives. We believe that the best innovations come from working alongside the people who face the very challenges we’re trying to solve.

Over the past two years the TACSI has undergone significant growth, now employing 30 staff working out of both Adelaide and Sydney offices. We’ve set a bold new strategy to tackle some of the persistent social challenges that hold our society back and are forging new partnerships to help us get there.

Our organisation works in three ways, connecting mindsets and pathways for the growth of innovation

Eclectic in our approach

We bring together methods from the social sciences, policy, community development, business and design. Through our ten years of practice we have continued to expand our capabilities and toolkit, ensuring we apply the right approach to the right challenge; however, three consisting principles apply to all of our work;


Placing people at the heart of both the process and solution


Taking a systemic view of the challenge we’re trying to solve


Being creative and experimental in everything we do

Our aim is to build a business that mirrors the outcomes we’re trying to create in the world.

Carolyn Curtis, CEO

Innovating us

Our vision of a networked organisation at TACSI is that of an operating model capable of responding to an ever-changing environment. It is forward-facing, structured around people learning from the emerging future rather than seeking instruction from the past. It is authentic, completely transparent and always evolving.

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Innovating Us

Decentralising toolkit

Read more about how you can network your organisation, and download the assets we designed to bring our team along on the journey.

Our work

We partner with organisations and communities across Australia, and internationally, to do work that demonstrates how social innovation can change lives. We work in and across every level of social systems and our ambition is to develop solutions that match the scale of the challenges we face.


Who we are

We’re a multidisciplinary team working across Australia and partnering with other brilliant minds globally. Over the past 10 years our organisation has grown into a network of small teams that are self- managed, geared towards service and, most importantly, centred around learning.

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Work with us

We help governments, not-for-profits, philanthropy and businesses to make change that leads to better lives.