Crisis and Transitional Accommodation

Manunda, Queensland


About Three Sista's

Three Sista’s was established in 2011 by Janet Guthrie and Stuart Wright and commenced operations in May 2012. Stuart & Janet have extensive backgrounds within housing and homelessness and Indigenous Health and identified the need to put back into the community due to what appeared to be decades of failure in the homelessness space in Cairns.

Three Sista’s purchased the management rights to a rundown budget resort,with the aim of converting the 68 unit facility into a holistic and culturally appropriate short- medium accommodation facility for families and individuals within the homelessness stream. Three Sista’s has two arms – asocial enterprise and a registered non-profit foundation.

The mission statement of Three Sista’s is to contribute to the long term well-being of socially disadvantaged and Indigenous people living in the homelessness stream in the Cairns and Cape York regions by improving health and living standards, accommodation and employment opportunities. This holistic model aims to broker access to health and social services in order to provide a dedicated model of support that empowers individuals and families to re- enter the broader community in a meaningful way under a private model of investment partnering with government in models of social equity.

Three Sista’s decided to seek B Corp certification after being involved in some government run processes where we were told that our governance did not fit what the government perceived as an appropriate governance arrangement. As a social enterprise that does not rely on government funding, our governance was focused on having a board structure and management structure that fitted the business need. Lean and mean were the words we used to describe our structures which are based on maximum investment into social programs.

Three Sista’s saw the B Corp certification as a validation of our approach on an international scale and an opportunity to highlight how social enterprise can have achieve major social impact in the delivery of human services without a reliance on government grants and funding.

The Change We Seek®

Three Sista’s believes that whilst there will always be a need for government funded services, the only place that true change can and will occur is within social enterprise. Change and a genuine commitment to improving peoples lives comes from having “skin in the game”. Three Sista’s are often asked what sets them apart and they will tell you, it is all in the DNA.

The Change that Three Sista’s seeks is for an increased awareness and understanding that social enterprises play an important part in human service delivery and that you don’t have to be a not-for-profit to make real change.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2014

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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