Editorial

Nick Xenophon announces energy co-op to lower SA power bills

By on February 23, 2018 in Media Releases with 0 Comments

Media Release Sydney, Feb. 23 An exciting plan to lower power prices using the co-operative model of community electricity trusts has been announced by SA BEST leader Nick Xenophon. “The co-operative model has an internationally proven track record for delivering services,” said Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals CEO Melina Morrison. “The co-operative energy model […]




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Holistic Approach to Health Supported by Australian Unity

Holistic Approach to Health Supported by Australian Unity

By on February 22, 2018 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Australia risks an outdated, unsustainable health and ageing system in the not-too-distant future. But, according to a new report commissioned by BCCM member Australian Unity, we can avoid this if we start innovating now  







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HCF-HBF merger good for competition and diversity

HCF-HBF merger good for competition and diversity

By on February 21, 2018 in Media Releases with 0 Comments

The HCF-HBF merger would restore diversity to our economic ecosystem and create greater competition in the Australian health insurance market by strengthening the mutual business model







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Not for profits HCF and HBF plan merger to benefit members

Not for profits HCF and HBF plan merger to benefit members

By on February 20, 2018 in Media Releases with 0 Comments

Not-for-profits HCF and HBF announce an in-principle merger worth $4 billion and 18.4% of the health insurance market, to access the benefits of scale to keep costs down for their members







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Reg-tech first for Australian farmers

Reg-tech first for Australian farmers

By on February 13, 2018 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

The sharing economy is coming to rural Australia with an Australian-first ground-breaking regulatory-tech solution that guides farmers in setting up a co-operative







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Australia’s first employee-led mutual a user-oriented alternative to privatisation

Australia’s first employee-led mutual a user-oriented alternative to privatisation

By on February 12, 2018 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

An employee-led non-profit mutual will deliver early childhood intervention services for South Australia under the NDIS







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Farming Together’s online co-op training offer

Farming Together’s online co-op training offer

By on February 8, 2018 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

If you are thinking about forming a co-operative, you can now take an online course ─ an Australian-first ─ developed by the successful Farming Together program. The Australian Government-backed program has developed the animated guide to help groups understand collaborative business structures. The course compares co-ops with companies and incorporated associations. It includes information on […]




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Business model diversity key to consumer-focused competition

Business model diversity key to consumer-focused competition

By on February 8, 2018 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals welcomes a return to common sense after the excesses of the past decades. Commending the release of the Productivity Commission Draft Report into Competition in the Australian Financial System, BCCM CEO Melina Morrison noted the Productivity Commission’s call for “more customer-oriented providers that consider their existing customers (not […]




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“Ask Alison” – Board responsibility for setting the tone – Conflicts of Interest

“Ask Alison” – Board responsibility for setting the tone – Conflicts of Interest

By on February 2, 2018 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

This is the second in a series of blogs by Alison Gaines FAICD Managing Partner Asia Pacific, Gerard Daniels. She provides board governance tips for BCCM members. BCCM’s recent work developing Governance Principles for CMEs, which I have been involved with, captures the mood afoot in Australia for boards to set the organisational culture and […]




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A Fair Economy Would be Built on Co-operatives – Oxfam

A Fair Economy Would be Built on Co-operatives – Oxfam

By on February 2, 2018 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Oxfam’s new report, “Reward Work, Not Wealth”, shows that we are in the midst of an inequality crisis. Last year a new billionaire was created every two days, with dangerous, poorly paid work supporting the extreme wealth of the few. Woman overwhelmingly experience the worst working conditions, while nine out of ten billionaires are men. […]




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