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.
About the CEO
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
Forbes Australia: Manufacturing’s missing middle: solving the riddle
Insurance News: Conduct code for mutuals launched as ‘traditional’ premiums rise
NSW Country Hour, ABC: Gas price cap a just-in-time measure
Australian Financial Review: Beware the trade-offs a gas price cap brings
ABC Radio Country Breakfast: Interview with Enrique de los Rios and the BCCM
Co-operative News: Australian co-op apex BCCM calls for fresh action on climate change
Various: Heritage-People’s Choice merger is a milestone for banking industry competition
ABC Mid North Coast: About the need for the “Government to think about what is required to retain 170 jobs and vital dairy capacity in the Northern Rivers region in NSW, and indeed, in Australia”
ABC RN Breakfast: Are co-operatives and mutuals one answer to Australia’s weak wages growth?
ABC News: Are cooperatives and mutuals one answer to Australia’s weak wages growth?
Co-operative News: Australian co-op apex launches country’s first development fund for the sector
InnovationAus.com: In the room at the Advanced Manufacturing skills forum
Southern Riverina News: State unprepared for NSW floods: inquiry
Pro Bono Australia: Making co-ops visible
The Courier: Farmers join forces in environmental push
Soundcloud: Co-ops bounce back from pandemic woes and lows
The Australian: Mutuals and co-ops resilient in challenging economic times
The Australian: Time is right for co-operatives with ESG in focus, says Melina Morrison
Sydney Morning Herald: Manufacturers warn thousands of jobs at risk unless gas held back from export
The Australian: Migration a fix for labour shortage: CEOs
Countryman: Agriculture industry ‘ready to work with Labor’ as leaders label biosecurity and skills shortage key issues
ABC North Coast radio: How co-operative labour pools and co-operative housing can help address the growing worker shortage and housing crisis in the Northern Rivers (from 2:03:38)
Onimpact: The impact of investing in co-ops and mutuals
auzbiz: How to reinvigorate regional Australia
ABC Life Matters: Whose job is it to buffer communities from natural disasters? (16’05 to 19’58)
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