The SOCIAL DECK helps organisations to collaborate, innovate and engage people in actions that have a positive impact on society and the environment.

We are a social business specialising in innovative local change by combining community engagement, participatory design, communication and behaviour change to help organisations tackle local issues and implement innovative ideas. We also provide consultancy services in strategic communication, stakeholder engagement, partnership development and digital strategy to all levels of government, not-for-profits, social enterprises and businesses. Our services give you the end-to-end strategy development and project implementation needed to create real change.

Local Change
  • Community engagement
  • Community-based Social Marketing
  • Lean Behaviour Change
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration and workshops
  • Research and case studies
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Strategic Communications
  • Communication Strategy
  • Reaching Indigenous and CALD audiences
  • Brand positioning
  • Government relations
  • Internal communication and organisational change
our work

Digital Strategy & Tools
  • Digital Strategies
  • Social Media
  • Online engagement & Community building
  • Website design
  • App development
  • Innovation
our work


We allocate 10% of all paid hours into our ‘probono bank’, to be used by not-for-profits and social enterprises.

So far, we’ve delivered

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And have…

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Our clients

            sunshine coast council logo  digital sunshine coast centre for regional and remote mental health RDA Sunshine Coast
social services  World Vision   department of health    Emergency Medicine Foundation             industry logo
African Rainforest Conservancy   pollinate energy   Razistan
Charity Sub   Warning Label Games   julia burns consulting   ollo mobile  salaryone
pollinate energy African Rainforest Conservancy World Vision bric housing sunnykids

Our Mission

Our mission is to help engage more people in ideas, activities and causes that make a positive difference to communities, the environment and individuals.

We are committed to connecting government, industry, business, social enterprise and not-for-profits to better leverage ideas, products and services that create social change. We provide tools and advice to organisations to help them work collaboratively with others to tackle social and environmental issues.

We advocate for local change. We believe that community-based innovation and behaviour change campaigns tailored to communities can have the most impact on social and environmental issues, when supported by policy and funding.

We share a vision and passion for promoting Australian innovation, particularly innovation that helps Australian communities to address social and environmental challenges.

Our Team


The Social Deck is led by three Directors – Kate Bowmaker, Steven Speldewinde and Melanie Butcher – who each bring their own unique knowledge and expertise spanning communication and engagement, innovation, behaviour change, issues management, community relations, digital strategy and web design, community building, social impact design and strategy development.

Kate Bowmaker

Kate Bowmaker

Managing Director

15 years experience in strategic communication in environment, health, Indigenous affairs and social services.
Steven Speldewinde

Steven Speldewinde

Managing Director

Innovator, entrepreneur, community builder and digital strategist with experience in public health policy and reform.
Melanie Butcher

Melanie Butcher

Associate Director

Technical writer and editor, evaluator and social impact enthusiast with experience across mining and resources.

About Us

We are dedicated to making a difference and have established The Social Deck as a social business that reinvests profits back into projects, resources and services that have positive impacts on society and the environment. With diverse backgrounds in Australian public policy, social services, health, environment community development and Indigenous affairs, our team understands the challenges facing communities. We combine our understanding of and experience in national policy and communication programs, with a community-based approach to identifying innovative solutions to local issues, developing partnerships at all levels, and implementing better ways to engage people in actions and causes for good.

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