UNITING ALL AUSTRALIAN
CO-OPERATIVES + MUTUALs
BCCM members are leading Australian co-operatives and mutuals from all industries, including peak bodies and household names in agriculture, health, housing and education. Many started because the market couldn’t adequately meet community needs, and some have existed for more than 150 years.
BCCM members provide employment across regional and metropolitan Australia, cementing fairness and equity in market supply chains. Co-operatives and mutuals support their community beyond donations and sponsorships – for every dollar spent, it’s estimated 76 cents is recycled within the local community.
Australian Unity is a national healthcare, financial services and independent and assisted living organisation with over 6,000 employees providing services to nearly a million Australians including some 300,000 members nationwide. Australian Unity’s retirement communities assist over 3,000 older Australians to continue to live as independently as possible in communities with friends and supports. Australian Unity’s history as an independent mutual dates back 175 years.
Year established: 1840
HCF is an award-winning health insurance fund with more than 1.5 million members nationwide. It uses all of its profits for the benefit of its members, delivering the lowest premium increases of the major funds. It is Australia’s largest not-for-profit health insurer.
Year established: 1932
The National Health Co-op (NHC) is a not-for-profit, member-owned co-operative that provides bulk billing medical and healthcare services to its members. It is one of the fastest-growing co-operatives in Australia. It was formed in response to a lack of General Practitioners in the northwest region of Canberra and is currently in the early stages of a national expansion which will see the establishment of clinics throughout Australia. Its priority is on areas that are underserviced.
Year established: 2014
Type: Customer Owned
rt is a not-for-profit fund owned by its members. Started by a group of railway employees who got together to form a co-operative, it went on to form Australia’s first registered health fund.
Year established: 1889