• 4 in 10 of Australia’s largest private firms by revenue are member-owned, including:
  • The largest private firm based in Western Australia: CBH group (ranked 3rd overall)
  • The second largest NSW private company: HCF (6th)
  • The third largest in Victoria: Devondale Murray Goulburn (7th)
  • The third largest in Queensland: Queensland Sugar (10th)
  • These 4 entities alone boosted Australia’s economy with $10.7bn in annual revenue.

Today’s IbisWorld Index of the nation’s top 500 privately owned firms reveals the resilience of the co-operative and mutual model, with four out of the top 10 being owned by members, says BCCM CEO Melina Morrison.

“The co-operative and mutual business structure is the ninja economy, hiding in plain sight, with the Top 500 list showing this is the way to do business in the current economic climate,” says Ms Morrison.

The report comes as the sector awaits the release of the Hammond Report into co-operatives and mutuals, which it is hoped will lead to reforms that will make it easier for member owned businesses to raise capital.

“As IBISWorld chairman Phil Ruthven says, private firms are more inclined to invest profits back into the business rather than pay out dividends to shareholders,” says Ms Morrison, whose organisation represents over 2000 co-ops and mutuals.

“This goes double for member-owned firms, where this increased reinvestment of profits leads to our agriculture businesses like CBH being able to scale up and compete in global markets.”

View the Top 500 index in full.

BCCM Media Release – PDF

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