Our story

Community Business Bureau Inc (CBB) was formed on 1 July 1995, as a wholly independent incorporated organisation, evolving from the restructuring of the Spastic Centres of South Australia (now known as scosa, Cara and CBB). Through restructuring, separate agencies were formed and CBB was established to service the administration requirements within the community services sector, in particular to meet their payroll and financial needs.

Today, CBB is a unique organisation with a clear purpose to help the Not for Profit sector achieve its social objectives. Based in Adelaide, Darwin, Perth and Melbourne and servicing not for profit organisations all over Australia, CBB has over 50 staff members, committed to the continuing development of our products and services to better serve the community and relevant government sectors.

First based on the Woodville campus, 13 enthusiastic staff embarked on an exciting inaugural year, which saw the Community Business Bureau evolve into an independently incorporated association, governed by a new board of management. During this period CBB established itself as a not for profit business enterprise, operating on a fee for service basis, providing financial, payroll, human resources and training services to the community sector.

In the first year of operation, CBB enjoyed much success with client numbers rising from 25 to 83 in the first year, contributed mainly by the long-term commitment of the Spastic Centres Network agencies to continue to utilise CBB’s services.

Over the years, CBB expanded its range of services and to coincide with the 2001 introduction of tax changes for public benevolent institutions (PBIs), CBB established a salary packaging product to offer to the marketplace.

To honour the life and memory of Keith Fulton, CBB foundation Board Member, and his commitment to leadership development and lifelong learning, the inaugural Keith Fulton Memorial Scholarship was created in 2004. This scholarship continues to provide an opportunity to enhance the leadership skills of people in the community sector, especially those who may not ordinarily have such an opportunity.