Setting up a Coop

To assist the growth and development of co-operatives, we have various resources and services available which provide an overview of the key steps involved in setting up a co-operative or mutual. The information provides guidance for consumer, producer and enterprise co-operatives.

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Get Mutual, an initiative of the BCCM, is a self-help website to provide information and resources on setting up and running a co-operative and mutual.

Get Mutual hosts the Co-op Builder, a free, online tool to step you through creating and understanding the documents needed to form a co-operative.

From start-up planning and formation to running your co-operative, Get Mutual resources, information, case studies and links to videos and supportive organisations to help you get started on your co-operative journey.


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The Farming Together Co-op Builder is for farming or primary producer co-operative in Australia. It consists of a Constitution Builder to help prepare the rules for a commercial co-operative, and a Disclosure Statement Builder, which helps users prepare the co-op equivalent of a prospectus for potential members and investors. The Co-op Builder developed was developed by BCCM for Farming Together, a federally funded, two-year pilot to enhance the expertise available to farmers wanting to establish agricultural co-operatives. There are also free learning modules for start-up co-operatives developed by the BCCM for Farming Together. 


BCCM Services and Associates

Whether you are a long-standing mutual enterprise or a local community considering forming a co-operative, the BCCM can help you get appropriate advice. We assist governments, organisations and communities to set up and run effective co-operative and mutual organisations.

BCCM also works with a range of trusted industry associates who understand the co-operative and mutual model of enterprise. They have expertise in:

  • Co-operative development
  • Legal and governance
  • Membership engagement
  • Advocacy and lobbying

For more, see our Support and Advice page.

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