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The BCCM is the peak body for co-operatives and mutuals in Australia. We unite member-owned businesses operating in all industries to increase awareness and recognition of co-ops and mutuals and the important contribution they make to the economy and community.

For all media enquiries about the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals and the co-operative and mutual sector in Australia, or for comment from our CEO Melina Morrison, please email the BCCM or call +61 2 8279 6050.

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About the CEO

Melina Morrison

CEO of Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals

Melina Morrison was the driving force behind the formation of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM). The BCCM was formed in 2013 by the members of the National Steering Committee which hosted the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives in Australia. Ms Morrison was appointed to head up the newly formed organisation as its inaugural CEO.

Under Melina’s leadership the BCCM has achieved fundamental reforms to level the playing field for member-owned firms. She has created greater awareness of co-operative and mutual enterprises, advocated for and successfully driven legislative and regulatory changes, and worked with government and the private sector to introduce socially-minded competition in enterprise.

Melina has worked closely with member businesses operating across nearly all sectors of the Australian economy.

Like other Australian businesses, co-operatives and mutuals in many industries are severely impacted as a result of the business interruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Melina has headed the sector’s COVID-19 response working with BCCM member organisations to share information, resources and supply chain strategies to keep these businesses strong. She has been working with government at all levels, to make sure the co-operative and mutual sector is treated fairly, in line with assistance given to other types of businesses. She has worked closely with government, being involved with response coordination roundtables across the industry, agriculture and treasury portfolios on a range of issues.

Melina in the media

Co-op News: Australian co-op sector responds to catastrophic Queensland and NSW floods

Peter Ryan OAM Interview: Economic management a recurring theme as Treasurer fine-tunes pandemic budget

7 News: ‘Missing middle’ of economy wants support

ABC RN Breakfast with Cathy Van Extel: Push for big business to boost Indigenous employment

Your Mortgage: Mutual sector posts strong growth in home lending

South Coast ABC, Breakfast with Simon Lauder: Community resilience and recovery

Co-op News: Mutuality, ESG & sustainable business – a new catalyst for Australian climate action

Australian Ageing Agenda: ACSA and co-op peak sign MOU

Australian Financial Review: What aged care could look like

ABC’s NSW Country Hour, discussing why the co-op model is great for farmers

Interview about co-ops and mutuals with Adam Creighton on Your Money

ABC Radio Country Hour: Could co-operatives help small businesses and primary producers get through the COVID-19 pandemic?

RN Breakfast: Australians should reconsider benefits of mutual business model, industry lobby group says

RN Breakfast: Could more co-ops help fix the aged care crisis?

Rural Queensland Today, discussing the Co-operative Farming project

Melina on Rural Queensland Today radio

Co-op News: Australia’s BCCM stresses power of co-operation against Covid-19

Farm Weekly: Time to rethink manufacturing with co-ops

Australian Institute of Company Directors: The value of sitting on a cooperative board

The Australian: The leadership conversation: John Eales meets Melina Morrison

SBS: Mutuals get chance to take on big banks

AFR: The lessons from AMP’s origins

SMH: How friendly societies can work to our mutual benefit

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