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Producer co-ops the key to bargaining power with supermarket chains, says South Australian parliamentary inquiry

Producer co-ops the key to bargaining power with supermarket chains, says South Australian parliamentary inquiry

By on December 11, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

Parliamentary Inquiry says primary producers should form co-ops to get a fair deal from supermarkets. The co-operative model can help primary producers form value chains to give them stronger negotiating power with supermarkets, says the South Australian parliamentary inquiry, From the Paddock to the Plate – A Fair Return for Producers. The inquiry recommended: All government […]




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Tireless champion of co-ops and mutuals succeeds to Nationals Deputy Leadership

Tireless champion of co-ops and mutuals succeeds to Nationals Deputy Leadership

By on December 7, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

The BCCM, on behalf of the whole of Australia’s co-operative and mutual sector, extends our sincere congratulations to Senator Bridget McKenzie, on her election today as Deputy Leader of the Nationals. The BCCM and Senator McKenzie have worked closely together for several years, from the early days of the Senate Inquiry into our sector (which […]




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BCCM in New York

BCCM in New York

By on December 1, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

The 2017 Platform Co-operativism Conference – the People’s Disruption – focussed on three issues: labour, technology and money. Held over two days on the 10-11 of November, this was the first year that BCCM has had the privilege of acting as a sponsor to the event.







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Royal Commission must be part of a comprehensive package to improve banking experience for all Australians

Royal Commission must be part of a comprehensive package to improve banking experience for all Australians

By on November 30, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) today emphasises that the Royal Commission into Banks and Financial Services must be part of a wider package of measures to improve banking for all Australians. “The government has been emphasising competition as a key plank of improving the banking experience for consumers. Before the Royal Commission […]




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Australian HCF and CBH Group in world’s top-ranked co-operatives

Australian HCF and CBH Group in world’s top-ranked co-operatives

By on November 28, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

The strength of the Australian co-operative sector has been recognised internationally, with two founding members of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) listed among the world’s top 300 largest co-operatives by the World Co-operative Monitor. “The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals congratulates co-operative grain giant CBH and health mutual HCF on this […]




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Capricorn CEO Greg Wall elected to International Co-Operative Alliance Board

Capricorn CEO Greg Wall elected to International Co-Operative Alliance Board

By on November 28, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) congratulates Capricorn Group CEO and BCCM board member Greg Wall on his re-election to serve another 4-year term on the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) board. “We are delighted to see Greg’s experience and depth of knowledge about the co-op and mutual sector recognised on the international stage,” […]




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KPMG report shows increasing banking competition from mutual sector

KPMG report shows increasing banking competition from mutual sector

By on November 27, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

Banking competition is heating up, according to KPMG Australia’s Mutuals Industry Review 2017. The report shows strong growth of Australia’s credit unions, building societies and mutual banks, despite a challenging environment characterised by low interest rates, increased competition, fluctuating property prices and technology disruption. Ian Pollari, National Head of Banking for KPMG Australia, expressed confidence […]




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Community First Credit Union reaches key milestone

Community First Credit Union reaches key milestone

By on November 13, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Community First Credit Union has achieved a remarkable milestone, passing the $1 billion mark for assets under management (AUM) and celebrating 12 consecutive years of growth in NPAT. In 2005 Community First Credit Union’s AUM were valued at $397 million. Today that figure has reached $1 billion. It was also inducted into the Palladium Group’s […]




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Mutual economy contributes more to Australia’s GDP than mining, construction or manufacturing

Mutual economy contributes more to Australia’s GDP than mining, construction or manufacturing

By on November 10, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

NME Report 2017 shows the contribution of co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs) is 8.3% of Australia’s GDP Australia has more than 2,100 active CMEs with more than 29 million members $140 billion in total value-add with 76 cents of every dollar reinvested in local communities Turnover of Top 100 CMEs grows by 6.6% a year, […]




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BCCM Honour Roll 2017 – Recognition of Outstanding Service

BCCM Honour Roll 2017 – Recognition of Outstanding Service

By on November 10, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

The BCCM champions leadership as service to the co-operative and mutual sector and this was recognised formally for the first time at the 2017 annual Taste of Australia Industry Dinner held at Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza Hotel on November 9. BCCM CEO Melina Morrison announced the outstanding service of our sector’s retiring or outgoing leaders with […]




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