The Mill House Clinic is looking to offer Indigenous, Social Enterprise, and small non-profit ventures the ability to access tailored accounting and legal services designed to support them in those very critical early stages of their development.

The Mill House Clinic

Build an effective and sustainable social venture by connecting with the right specialist professional services at the right time.

What is the Clinic?

The Mill House Clinic is a place for Social Enterprises, Indigenous-led businesses and small not-for-profits to develop and create positive social impact. By collaborating with University and TAFE students, and with the support of qualified accountants and lawyers, you will receive high quality professional services to improve your business.

The Mill House works with businesses that seek to trade for purpose. Entrepreneurs that are passionate about solving problems in the community often face barriers to business education and investment. We exist to support their inclusion into the mainstream market.

Since inception and as an initiative of the University of Canberra, the Mill House has worked with students, exposing them to the unique asset class that is social enterprise. We have worked with students interested in learning about trading for a mission and this has always included an aspect of reflective learning what is unique about our way of doing business.

We’ve enjoyed learning from our students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who provide insight into the barriers and opportunities associated with accessing meaningful and culturally appropriate work placements.

Expanding our offer to our social enterprise business clients while creating meaningful professional services placements for students was the foundation for the clinic.

Supporting start-up, early and small businesses with a scope of services in small business administration, accounting and legal initially, supporting them on a pathway until such time that they can afford to access mainstream professional services.

As a social enterprise venture of the Mill House Ventures, the Clinic is particularly passionate about providing meaningful work experience for University and TAFE students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds as well as from other culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Mill House Clinic Service Offering

Finance and Accounting

  • New business set up (cf. chart of accounts, Tax File Number registration, GST registration, ABN/ACN registration, invoicing and payment processes…)
  • Book keeping (cf. data entry, monthly reporting of P&L and Balance sheet, GST (BAS) management)
  • HR and Payroll (cf. e.g. superannuation, salary…)
  • End of financial year reporting (cf. revenue and expenses clarification…)
  • Operational reporting and forecasting (e.g. cash flow analysis, budgeting…)
  • Experienced Financial and Accounting advice on a project or as needed basis

Legal

  • Legal structure advice and development
  • Contract advice and development (e.g. customer and provider)
  • Employment and Tenancy Agreements advice and development
  • Compliance advice for Federal, State and Territory Laws (cf. Privacy, Terms of use)
  • HR advice, policy and procedure development
  • Intellectual Property (IP) protection (e.g. trademarking, IP management plan)

We are currently in the process of developing our Clinic. To give input to this, fill in this survey.  

Business Projects

We are seeking projects from for-purpose businesses. If your business is facing a business challenge, our students might be able to help!

For Semester 1, 2019, we also will be covering the following management consultancy project types as well as our general accounting and legal service offering (cf. see above):

  • Social Business Model Analysis and Development
  • Market Research Reports
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Research Reports
  • Business Planning
  • Competitive Evaluation

If you are are interested, send us your project (cf. see side bar) and our mentors will evaluate your business needs before assigning students.

Please specify “Clinic Project” in the subject line when emailing us at clinic@millhouseventures.com.au for Business Projects.

The Clinic will officially open end of February 2019.

We will take Expressions of Interest from 17 January 2019.