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EML announced as sole agent for NSW icare workers compensation claims

EML announced as sole agent for NSW icare workers compensation claims

By on April 27, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Employers Mutual Limited (EML), a member of the BCCM, has been announced as the sole agent for the NSW Government’s Insurance and Care (icare) workers compensation scheme from 2018, while GIO and Allianz will be transition agents. EML CEO Mark Coyne said “We are committed to working closely with icare and their partners in supporting icare’s […]




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Clare Fountain announced as recipient of 888 co-working space bursary

Clare Fountain announced as recipient of 888 co-working space bursary

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

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals has awarded a bursary to Clare Fountain, who hails from Bendigo and is part of the bHive platform co-operative project, to join the new 888 co-working space in Melbourne. The bursary was open to applicants working in co-operative development, including in regional areas. BCCM CEO Melina Morrison said […]




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Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals and Co-operatives announced

Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals and Co-operatives announced

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

A new Parliamentary Friendship group for Mutuals and Co-operatives has been announced. Melina Morrison, CEO of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM), said that “it’s great that Senator Bridget McKenzie and Andrew Leigh MP will co-chair the friendship group. This bi-partisan chairing arrangement highlights the importance of co-operatives and mutuals to the Australian […]




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Treasurer’s Announcement Could Unlock Thousands of Jobs and $25BN Cash Bonanza

Treasurer’s Announcement Could Unlock Thousands of Jobs and $25BN Cash Bonanza

By on March 24, 2017 in Media Releases with 0 Comments

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison’s consultation into reforms to support co-operatives and mutuals has the potential to create thousands of jobs by unlocking cash worth at least $25 billion for a flagging Australian economy, says Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals CEO Melina Morrison. Ms Morrison was welcoming a decision by the Treasurer to appoint consultant […]




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Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals to provide a bursary for Melbourne co-working space

Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals to provide a bursary for Melbourne co-working space

By on March 21, 2017 in Editor's Pick, News with 0 Comments

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) will sponsor a place in the new 888 co-working space in Melbourne for a person engaged in co-operative development. The BCCM sponsorship will be for someone who meets one or more of the following categories: 1.Emerging – a young (18-25) social entrepreneur working with others on a […]




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Access to capital is a mutual objective

Access to capital is a mutual objective

By on March 17, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

The BCCM reports strong progress on advocating for key reforms to the Corporations Act to allow Australian mutuals to raise working capital to fund growth and development. On 9 March 2017 the BCCM held a roundtable with Martin Stewart, Director of Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions at the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority. […]




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Teachers Mutual Bank one of 3 banks recognised as world ethical leader

Teachers Mutual Bank one of 3 banks recognised as world ethical leader

By on March 15, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Teachers Mutual Bank has been named a ‘World’s Most Ethical Company’ by the Ethisphere Institute for the fourth consecutive year. Steve James, CEO of Teachers Mutual Bank, said “to be one of only three banks recognised as a World’s Most Ethical Company, tells us we are achieving our aim of setting the standard for ethical […]




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Co-ops “Step it Up” for gender equality on IWD 2017

Co-ops “Step it Up” for gender equality on IWD 2017

By on March 8, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the global peak body for co-operatives, the International Co-operative Alliance, has focused attention on how the changing nature of work and labour market presents different scenarios for women and men. For example, the chances for women to participate in the labour market remains almost 27 percent points lower than for […]




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Usyd researchers awarded grant for research into Australian co-operatives

Usyd researchers awarded grant for research into Australian co-operatives

By on March 3, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Three researchers have been awarded a $370,000 grant in November 2016 Australian Research Council Discovery Program to research ‘Co-operatives in Australia – Explaining Growth, Decline and Revival’. Dr Nikola Balnave (Macquarie University), Associate Professor Olivera Marjanovic (University of Sydney) and Professor Greg Patmore (University of Sydney) will undertake the research through the Co-operative Research Group, […]




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Co-operatives Tasmania network formed

Co-operatives Tasmania network formed

By on March 3, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

Tasmanian co-operators and supporters have formed a network to advance co-operative development in Tasmania. Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) CEO Melina Morrison said that it was exciting to see local co-operatives wanting to organise to develop the sector. The decision to form a network came from a meeting of Tasmanian co-operatives held in […]




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