Advocacy

Co-operatives and mutuals need a better business environment to be the most productive and successful they can be. This is never more critical than in times of crisis.

Co-operatives and mutuals drive prosperity through self-help and entrepreneurship by sharing ownership and the rewards of business with their members. They underpin a productive, fair and sustainable economy.

When there are diverse business models in the economy, it is more resilient to dramatic changes in the business cycle. However, different business models need equal regulatory treatment and funding access.

Co-operatives and mutuals are a vital contributor to the economy and community. We advocate to remove the barriers to fair competition and innovation so member-owned businesses can operate on a level playing field.

Parliamentary Friends of Co-operatives and Mutuals

Parliamentary Friends of Co-operatives and Mutuals was formed in 2017 following the BCCM advocacy for bipartisan political support. The Group galvanises political support for co-ops and mutuals across the political parties. The Group holds biannual meetings at Australian Parliament House to focus political attention on the sector.

The Group’s co-Chairs are Ms Louise Miller-Frost and the Hon Kevin Hogan.

Contact the BCCM for more information.

NSW Parliamentary Friends of Co-operatives and Mutuals

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) declared the June 9 meeting to discuss the formation of the first Parliamentary Friends Group for co-ops and mutuals in the New South Wales Parliament a milestone in awareness of this powerful and sustainable business model. The group, comprising MPs from all parties, will be established to represent the 750 NSW based co-ops and mutuals in the 57th Parliament of NSW.

The first Parliamentary Friends Group of Co-operatives and Mutuals in the NSW Parliament was launched in October 2022. The Group has been established to represent the 750 NSW based co-ops and mutuals in the 57th Parliament of NSW. It will provide a forum for members of Parliament to meet and interact with mutual and co-operative businesses on matters relating to levelling the playing field for our sector.