Past events

The Future is Co-operative: Making Mutual Enterprise Happen

Melbourne, Friday-Saturday, 28-29 April 2017

The unofficial godfather of co-operatives in Victoria, Race Mathews, has released his magnum opus, Of Labour and Liberty: Distributism in Victoria (1891-1966). To celebrate this landmark publication, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) supported two days of events in Melbourne that combined engagement with leaders of co-operative thought and practice and opportunities for skill-sharing for those interested in co-operatively building the Australian economy for the common good.

Platform Cooperativism: Trebor Scholz Australian Tour 2017

  • Disrupting the Digital Economy: The rise of platform co-operatives, Adelaide, 10:00am, 22 May.
  • The Digital Economy meets the Co-operative Economy, Adelaide, 2:00pm, 22 May.
  • Transforming Work: How co-operatively owned digital platforms create jobs, Adelaide, 6:00pm, 22 May.
  • Platforms, Power, People: How the platform economy will transform the way we do business – UTS Public Lecture and Panel Discussion, Sydney, 6:00pm, 24 May.
  • Will the real sharing economy please stand up?, Melbourne, 6:15 pm, 25 May.
  • Take Back the Sharing Economy with Platform Co-operatives, Melbourne, 9:30am, 26 May.

2016 Leaders’ Summit and Taste of Australia Industry Dinner

On 9 November, co-operative and mutual leaders from across the country gathered at Old Parliament House for the third annual BCCM Leaders’ Summit to discuss and debate the business strategies, disruptions and innovations to give CMEs the competitive edge.

2016 Leaders’ Summit | 2016 Taste of Australia Industry Dinner

2015 Leaders’ Summit and Taste of Australia Industry Dinner

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The 2015 BCCM Leaders’ Summit and Industry Dinner was held from the 9-10 November at the InterContinental Hotel Rialto in Melbourne.

The theme for this year’s event was Ahead of the Curve: Co-operatives and Mutuals Delivering a Stronger Australian Economy. The Summit focused on how to turn disruption into business advantage and leveraging customer growth for social business values. The Summit also addressed capital, governance and regulatory issues.

At the Summit, the BCCM also launched the 2015 National Mutual Economy Report which maps the size, composition and overall health of the co-operative and mutual sector in Australia.

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2014 Leaders’ Summit & Taste of Australia Industry Dinner



Independent Senator Nick Xenophon speaks at the 2014 Leaders’ Summit





The 2014 BCCM Leaders’ Summit and Dinner was held  from the 17-18 November in the Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney.

The Summit was attended by 100 delegates from Australia and abroad. Attendance including some of Australia’s leading co-operative chief executives and senior managers, chairs and directors along with other engaged delegated. This led to a high quality discussions and debate during the Summit sessions.

The Taste of Australia Industry Dinner welcomed 140 guests, including 20 state parliamentarians from NSW, South Australia, Northern Territory and the ACT. Master of ceremonies,  Jane Flemming OAM, led an inspiring night, with InterContinental Executive Chef, Tamas Pamer, designing an excellent menu from the produce of Australian co-operatives.

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