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 BCCM is the Secretariat for the Parliamentary Friends Group chaired by Kevin Hogan MP and Dr Andrew Leigh MP. Contact the BCCM for more information.
Our current activities to focus attention on co-ops and mutuals and the barriers they face.
We advocate for a policy environment that enables co-operatives and mutuals to compete fairly with other business models.