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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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BCCM in New York – Part 2

BCCM in New York – Part 2

By on February 1, 2018 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

In the last blog in this series I ended with a short discussion of the platform co-operative, Up & Go, which, given it embodies the principles that make platform co-operativism so important, has rightly received substantial attention. During my time in New York I was fortunate enough to meet with Maru Bautista, the Director of the Cooperative Development Program at the Centre for Family Life (CFL), the organisation that managed the process of bringing about Up & Go. I also met with a number of the people and organisations involved in the wider context of the worker co-operative movement in New York which ultimately made Up & Go possible.

This blog will tell that wider story including how New York City Council came to be spending millions of dollars each year on worker co-op development.







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Record low private health rate increases announced for 2018

Record low private health rate increases announced for 2018

By on January 25, 2018 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Source: HCF The private health industry has today announced a record low average premium rate increase (3.95%) for 2018, with Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund, HCF, demonstrating its commitment to addressing affordability in the sector, with the lowest of the big four funds (3.39%). Chief Executive Officer, Sheena Jack, said HCF has worked hard to […]




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Putting a value on social impact

Putting a value on social impact

By on January 18, 2018 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Creating a reliable method of measuring the total social and economic value of Australia’s thriving cooperative and mutual enterprises could have global implications. Cooperatives and mutual enterprises are among our most recognisable household companies. A remarkable 80 per cent of Australians have some link to this sector; banking with them, buying insurance from them, or […]




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Leveraging the co-operative advantage in 2018

Leveraging the co-operative advantage in 2018

By on January 9, 2018 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

As we begin 2018, it is time to reflect on how Australia’s co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs) can build on last year’s stellar achievements. Let’s play to our strengths and further develop our industry’s significant competitive advantage over other entity models, namely the ability of CMEs to co-operate locally, nationally, and globa







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Happiest customers own their banks

Happiest customers own their banks

By on December 19, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

Top three customer satisfaction scores taken out by customer or member-owned banks Non-major banks average satisfaction score was 767 versus 741 for the major banks Personal service still key to a great banking experience Australia’s happiest customers bank with customer-owned banks, the annual J.D. Power 2017 Australia Retail Banking Satisfaction Study has found. Customer-owned Heritage Bank received a […]




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