White Paper: Public Service Mutuals

On 4 September 2014, the BCCM launched the White Paper entitled, Public Service Mutuals: A Third Way for Delivering Public Services in Australia, at Parliament House, Canberra. The paper was launched by the former Minister for Social Services and current Minister for Defence, The Hon. Kevin Andrews.

The White Paper illustrates and examines the context for delivering public services in Australia which needs radical reform and requires immediate attention to address the emerging challenges. As part of this reform, the White Paper calls for the recognition and realisation of a third way of delivering public services based on an expanding role for co-operative and mutual member based businesses. This includes the opportunity to explore the potential for staff run mutuals. This follows extensive consultation with stakeholders including government, social care providers and the wider co-operative and mutual sector.


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                                  The question I’m keen to explore is how we, the Government, can help you, the co-operative and mKandrewsutual sector, take things to the next level. This challenge is what  makes this White Paper such a timely document.

The Hon. Kevin Andrews, former Minister for Social Services

In terms of challenges, demand for public services is increasingly significant, driven by an ageing population, a desire to provide opportunities for all segments of the population – especially people with disabilities, and a focus on addressing social problems such as obesity, Indigenous disadvantage, affordable housing and homelessness. In addition, there are increasing expectations in terms of the quality and accessibility of public services, and a preference for recipients of public services to have choice and control over the services they access which have led to the implementation of client directed care mechanisms such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The purpose of the White Paper is to provide direction to key stakeholders, including co-operative and mutual peak bodies, existing co-operative and mutual organisations, government, and community organisations to support the growth of public service mutuals.

Download the White Paper: Public Service Mutuals: A Third Way for Delivering Public Services in Australia, September 2014
Download the Green Paper: Public Service Mutuals: The case for a Third-way for delivering public services in Australia, June 2014
Download the Preliminary Report: The roles for co-operatives and mutuals in delivering Australian public services, November 2013
Join our online discussion group: Australian Public Service Mutuals
Download PSM Case Studies

Media

Feeling is mutuals for Social Services Minister Andrews, Australian Financial Review
Entrepreneurs, Co-ops and the Excluded: Ownership is Key, Pro Bono News
Privatisation of services ‘opens door for mutuals’, Life + Health Insurance News
Cooperatives make play for PS duties, Public Sector News
The push for a ‘third way’: mutuals, co-operatives win favour, The Mandarin
Australian Unity welcomes a mutual approach to delivering public services, Advisor Voice
‘Third way’ for government services wins Kevin Andrews’s approval, Sydney Morning Herald
NRMA set to outsource jobseeking programs and disability services, The Australian
Mutuals and Coops White Paper Released, Pro Bono News
The Critical Importance of Co-Ops and Mutuals, Pro Bono News
UK Celebrates 100 Public Service Mutuals
Minister Kevin Andrews’s address to BCCM “Making it Mutual” workshop
Minister Kevin Andrew’s address to the BCCM White Paper launch

Press releases

NRMA Release: Mutuals best placed to deliver public services
Australian Unity Release: Australian Unity welcomes a mutual approach to delivering public services
BCCM Release: Minister for Social Services to launch third way to deliver public services
BCCM Release: Minister for Social Services launches ‘third way’ public service delivery

KandrewsThe co-operative and mutual sector has tremendous potential to foster innovative modes and methods of addressing the unmet needs of our society.
 – The Hon. Kevin Andrews, former Minister for Social Services

Public Service Mutuals Task Force

Following a national roundtable on the role for co-operative and mutuals in public sector reform in November 2013, the BCCM announced a national task force to co-ordinate research exploring the viability and roles for co-operatives and mutuals in delivering key public services. The Task Force was chaired by Gillian McFee, a strategic advisor with NRMA and former CEO of Uniting Care Aged Services NSW/ACT.
View the Task Force members

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