The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) is a for-purpose organisation that exists to build thriving rural communities through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities.

ACRE is informed by international best practice in rural community rejuvenation and has been applying these principles and programs in Victoria since 2013.


In 2016 ACRE led the community buy back of the Old Beechworth Gaol to develop this highly valued heritage site into a thriving community space for the social and economic benefit of the region.

News & Events

Latest news & what's coming up

  • Snip of Community UpdateCommunity Update
    Wondering what’s been happening? We are pleased to share the ACRE Community Update with you. This Update will be delivered to all letterboxes ...
  • banner-digital-maker-week-no-buttonDigital Maker Week – Entries now open
    ACRE is bringing cutting edge digital maker technology to Beechworth in a partnership with Think Digital, Australia’s leading digital educator.
  • DSC00590Program hands students the keys to a positive future
    An Independent Evaluation Report of the Social Enterprise in Schools Program has been launched this week in Melbourne. The report, the result of a ...

ACRE is working in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy in Scotland to deliver their world renowned learning and development programs here in Australia.

During 2017 ACRE is working with 18 schools across North East Victoria and over 900 students to deliver the ‘Social Enterprise in Schools’ program.


To date, over 120 business, community and government leaders have participated in the ‘Understanding Social Enterprise’ learning programs. 

In doing so, communities across the region are committing to building an enabling environment for young rural entrepreneurs.

Our Key Partners

Find out a bit more about who we partner with and why

William Buckland Foundation
Social Enterprise Academy

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