Business Council of Co−operatives and Mutuals

The BCCM is the peak body for co-operatives and mutuals in Australia. Co-ops and mutuals are member-owned businesses that trade for surplus to fulfill their purpose. They are social businesses because they put people, not profit at the centre of the enterprise.
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Leading the Resilience

Our report on the response of Australian co-ops and mutuals to the COVID-19 pandemic staying true to their purpose of serving their members.
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National Mutual Economy

Annual report on the size and contribution of the Australian co-op and mutual sector provides a yearly update on the health of the sector.
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Fightback Farmers

Fightback Farmers: Feeding Australia Together follows the fascinating journey of Aussie primary producers as they battle to save their businesses from the brink of disaster. Watch on ABC iview.

Current campaigns

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Action to Empower: Social Care Mutuals

Action to Empower is our campaign to empower consumers and carers in social care markets to take back control through business model innovation.

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Blueprint for Australia

Our policy guide for a sustainable economy that works in the interest of all Australians.

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Co-operative Farming

Future-proofing Aussie farmers through paddock to plate supply chain control.

Upcoming events & training

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30 September 2021

CoOp Connect – Co-operative Development Fund Project: How

How (1)? Governance structure – who owns it?; who runs it?; legal and regulatory issues.
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6 October 2021

ESG Partner Project launch meeting

This project is designed to give mutuals and co-operatives a leading edge in the burgeoning ESG investment market.
Introduction to CMEs course
12 October 2021

An introduction to co-operatives and mutuals

A program for employees of co-operatives and mutual businesses developed to ensure a consistent level of knowledge across the CME sector.
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12 October 2021

What does the latest IPCC report mean for Australia’s co-operatives and mutual sector?

This webinar covers: what are the latest scientific findings and implications for Australia and what are the potential implications for the co-operatives and mutual sector?

Latest news

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14 September 2021

Cootamundra Co-op interview on ABC Riverina

The BCCM is pleased to support the good people of Cootamundra working together to save local retail buying out the local Target store that shut down.
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1 September 2021

ACSA and co-op peak sign MOU

The MOU will give aged care provider members greater opportunities to explore and consider different models of ownership and governance.
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30 August 2021

ACSA and BCCM MOU expands opportunity for diverse models of aged care

ACSA and the BCCM have signed an MOU so ACSA member non-profit aged care providers can find out more about the attributes and benefits of co-operative and mutual enterprises models of care giving.

Latest videos

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Fightback Farmers: Feeding Australia Together

New ABC documentary featuring local heroes showing why co-operative farming could be a solution for modern agriculture and its communities
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2021 National Mutual Economy Report

The 2021 National Mutual Economy Report measures the size and the performance of the Australian co-operative and mutual sector.
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Co-operatives in Northern Rivers NSW

Thousands of people and businesses collaborate in co-operatives in Northern Rivers NSW, to bring $2.4 billion to the regional economy.

Latest research

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This report examines the nature of company boards’ understanding and familiarity with the concept of social responsibility and the importance of their corporate footprint being open to scrutiny.
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This report focusses on the potential contribution of co-operatives and mutuals to innovation and reforms in aged care and disability services, informed by Australian experiences and a BCCM study tour...
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For communities who want to work together to build an enterprise that serves their needs and aspirations. Updated 2021.

Case studies

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Australia’s largest fishing co-operative, formed by a small group of Western Australian rock lobster fishermen.
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Bank Australia became the first mutual bank in Australia in 2011 when it secured a banking licence.
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Kudos is Australia’s first public service mutual to form from a government agency, operating in the NDIS.

Our members

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APS Benefits Group Logo
Australian Military Bank Logo
Bank Australia Logo
Australian Unity Logo
Avant Mutual Logo
Bank Australia logo
Bank of us Logo
Bank First Logo
Bank Vic logo
Beyond Bank logo
Capricorn Society logo
CivicRisk Mutual
Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL) logo
Common Equity NSW Logo
Community Co-operative Store - The Barossa Logo
Community First Credit Union Logo
Defence Bank Logo
Employers Mutual Limited Logo
Employsure Mutual Limited Logo
Futurity Investment Group Logo
G&C Mutual Bank logo
Geraldton Fishermans Co-operative Logo
Go Vita logo
Great Southern Bank logo
Greater Bank Logo
HCF logo
Heritage Bank Logo
HIF Logo
IMB Bank Logo
Independent Liquor Group Logo
KeyInvest Logo
Kudos Services logo
Lawcover Logo
Marquis Macadamias Logo
Master Butchers Co-operative Logo
MDA National Logo
NRMA logo
Norco Co-operative Logo
Oz Group Co-op logo
P&N Bank logo
People’s Choice Credit Union Logo
Police Bank Logo
Queensland Country Bank Logo
RACQ logo
RapidClean logo
Royal Automobile Association of South Australia (RAA) logo
SGS Economics and Planning Logo
StateCover Mutual Limited logo
Teachers Mutual Bank Logo
The Casino Food Coop, formerly The Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd
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The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT)
The Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC)
Travellers Choice Logo
UFS Dispensaries Ltd logo
Unimutual Limited Logo
Yenda Producers Logo