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.
BCCM Christmas hours

BCCM holiday hours

The BCCM will close over Christmas from 17 December and will reopen on 17 January 2022. Our best wishes for a restful and safe holiday season.
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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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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

Bushfire regrowth and resilience

Community resilience and recovery

Community resilience and recovery highlights the role of co-operatives in helping communities bounce back from the 2019/20 bushfires.

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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.

Upcoming events & training

Indigenous Inclusion Report launch
9 December 2021

Launch of the Indigenous Inclusion Report and Aboriginal Business Mini Summit

Launch of Doing Business Together, the third report in the BCCM diversity and inclusion series, on Indigenous inclusion in co-operatives and mutuals.
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13 December 2021

ESG Partner Project webinar: Environmental sustainability in 2021

This project is designed to give mutuals and co-operatives a leading edge in the burgeoning ESG investment market.
1 February 2022

BCCM Public Affairs Committee meeting

The BCCM Public Affairs Committee is being formed to coordinate the sector’s activities and provide feedback for the BCCM on policy and advocacy matters in the lead up to the next election cycle.
Introduction to CMEs course
8 February 2022

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.

Latest news

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8 December 2021

Natalie Browning makes history as the first Australian on the International Co-operative Alliance board

CBH’s first female grower director Natalie Browning is continuing to smash glass ceilings after becoming the first Australian elected to the International Co-operative Alliance’s Asia Pacific...
6 December 2021

Final report on Discretionary Mutual Funds supports industry ‘approval tick’

Ms Morrison welcomed the Ombudsman’s findings that DMFs could provide cost effective alternate risk protection, which was essential to ensuring the viability of small businesses in broken markets.
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30 November 2021

Farm co-op champion elected to represent Australian sector in the Asia-Pacific region

Natalie Browning, Deputy Chair of Australia’s largest co-operative and a founding member of the BCCM – CBH Group, was today elected to the regional board of the International Co-operative...

Latest videos

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The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals

The BCCM is the peak body for co-ops and mutuals in Australia.
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Mutual Value Measurement©

The MVM Framework© helps co-ops and mutuals measure their total value creation through a set of common dimensions and shared language about measuring and reporting mutual value.
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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, commissioned by the BCCM, looks at four case studies around Australia where a local co-operative has been the backbone of community resilience and recovery following disaster.
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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...

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
The Mutual Bank logo
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