Join the BCCM’s European co-operative housing study tour in April 2024. Visit Copenhagen, Oslo, Zurich and Vienna and learn about the housing co-operative model and its benefits. The tour will cover both rental and equity co-operative housing models.
There is a significant housing problem in Australia. By offering empowering, affordable, secure, sustainable and community-oriented housing solutions, the co-operative housing model provides a vital contribution to help tackle this crisis. The rental housing co-operative model is currently well recognised in Australia, although its advantages are not fully understood. The equity model of housing co-operatives, in which residents contribute to the cost of housing, is less well known but offers a crucial “missing middle” to the available housing options.
Participants will make their way to Copenhagen.
The tour will visit Copenhagen, Oslo, Zurich and Vienna.
The 2023 indicative cost is AUD$19,840.00 per person (excluding flights to and from Europe).
Price includes accommodation and transport for the whole of the tour (excluding flights to and from Europe) and some meals. There is an option to have the BCCM travel agent organise flights to and from Europe.
Generous discounts have been negotiated.
Prices may come down if there are more than 11 participants.
This is a boutique tour with limited places, which will enable close access and practical experiences with co-operatives and their leaders. The BCCM has a strong track record of informative, purposeful and enjoyable study tours, including a tour of UK mutuals and a US east coast study tour of social care co-ops and mutuals, both in 2018.
The tour will be guided by:
Please note the itinerary is subject to change due to flights and transfer availability.
Please express your interest in attending this study tour by completing our online EOI form.
Please note we need at least ten participants to proceed.
Invoices for a deposit of 40 per cent will be sent once we have reached the minimum number of participants and payment will be due by Tuesday, 31 October 2023.
The planned itinerary is below. Although these cities have been decided on, the final details of people and sites visited will suit the specific interests of study tour participants (for example, we may include more finance organisations, if appropriate).
Copenhagen, Denmark (2 days)
In Copenhagen, we will primarily examine the rental housing co-op sector (Almere boliger) which offers affordable housing to 22 per cent of Danish households. It forms part of social housing and their model of tenant involvement in decisions is unique in Europe.
Oslo, Norway (2 days plus weekend)
In Oslo, we will meet with the National Federation of Housing Co-operatives and the Oslo Co-operative Housing Society, attend a presentation on the history of housing co-operatives by academic Jardar Sorvoli and visit a range of urban and rural housing co-operatives.
Zurich, Switzerland (2 days)
Zurich has strong government support for housing co-op development. We will meet with the Federation for Zurich Co-operative Housing and visit individual housing co-operatives such as Kalkbreite, Kraftwerk, Heizenholz and Mehr Als Wohnen.
Vienna, Austria (2 days)
Vienna has built up an affordable housing sector over a long period, including co-operatives, and has strong government support. We will visit the Austrian Federation of Housing Associations, individual housing co-ops and meet with the City of Vienna.