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Co-ops peak body hails NSW Government investing millions for almond plant

Co-ops peak body hails NSW Government investing millions for almond plant

By on June 28, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases with 0 Comments

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals today hailed the opening of a $25 million almond shelling plant in the Riverina as a shining example of the importance of co-operatives to regional areas. “This is evidence of significant economic expansion in the Riverina and a vote of confidence from the NSW Government in our farmers […]




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New research explores the importance of co-operatives to the New Zealand economy

New research explores the importance of co-operatives to the New Zealand economy

By on June 22, 2017 in Editor's Pick with 0 Comments

A new research paper by Professor Morris Altman (University of Newcastle) explores the importance of co-operatives to the New Zealand economy. The paper will be published in the International Journal of Social Economics. Read the paper




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Farmer “Reg-tech” smashes legal barriers at Ag Forum

Farmer “Reg-tech” smashes legal barriers at Ag Forum

By on June 6, 2017 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

A major barrier to farmers setting up a business with other producers will be knocked down today with the launch of a free, online tool that they can use to register their business as a co-operative. The “Co-op builder” is an online template for the legal documents required to set up a co-operative in Australia. […]




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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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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-op insurance leaders join the IDF Steering Committee

Co-op insurance leaders join the IDF Steering Committee

By on June 3, 2016 in Editor's Pick, News with 0 Comments

The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) has welcomed the announcement by Stephen Catlin, Chair of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF) of the appointment of a number of leading insurance CEOs to serve on the Steering Committee of the IDF. This Committee was created to apply insurers’ risk expertise to the insurance-related challenges and […]




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CBH Group’s economic strength and importance to WA outlined

CBH Group’s economic strength and importance to WA outlined

By on April 12, 2016 in Editor's Pick, News with 0 Comments

Australia’s largest co-operative, the West Australian CBH grain group, yesterday released an economic impact study highlighting its financial benefits for grower-shareholders and the importance of its overall contribution to the state’s economy. The study, carried out by Deloitte Access Economics, found the co-operative and its grower members contributed $3 billion to the WA economy in 2014/15 accounting for 25% of […]




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Senate recommends level playing field for co-ops and mutuals

Senate recommends level playing field for co-ops and mutuals

By on March 16, 2016 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

Co-operative leaders join with Dr John Hewson and Senators Chris Ketter, Bridget McKenzie, Nick Xenophon to celebrate the day of the inquiry hand-down. On 17 March, the Senate’s Economics References Committee handed-down their report into their examination into the role, importance, and overall performance of co-operative, mutual and member-owned firms, which has received strong industry endorsement as a […]




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Major opportunities for mutuals to enter service markets

Major opportunities for mutuals to enter service markets

By on November 24, 2015 in Editor's Pick, Media Releases, News with 0 Comments

Today, the Federal government released their Response to the Competition Policy Review supporting a new set of competition principles to include “choice and diversity of providers in human services.” In the final report, the Harper Review recognised co-operatives and mutuals could play a greater role in delivering human services, meeting productivity and efficiency objectives whilst safeguarding […]




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Equality within CMEs recognised by WGEA

Equality within CMEs recognised by WGEA

By on November 11, 2015 in Editor's Pick, News with 0 Comments

Teachers Mutual Bank, a BCCM member, have been announced as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. TMB were among ninety diverse organisations nationwide who received the citation from the WGEA, which recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces. The citation recognises the ‘commitment […]




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