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.

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

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.

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

The Farming Together Co-op Builder is for farming or primary producer co-operatives in Australia. The Farming Together Co-op Builder 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. 

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For farmers, fishers and foresters

The Co-operative Farming project provides farmers, fishers and foresters with information and resources to support them in setting up or growing a co-operative.

This 18-month project helps to support Australian primary producers to form new co-operatives, as well as foster the resilience and growth of developing farming co-operatives.

Co-operative Farming is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment through the Australian Government’s Starting Farm Co-operatives Program.

The project includes a range of resources and events, including a co-operative advice and information hotline, financial support through educational bursaries program, and online tools, resources and online course modules.

To make sure farmers, fishers and foresters have access to the best advice, skills and information on starting up and running successful co-operatives, we want to increase access to the knowledge of co-operative experts through a dedicated mentorship program.

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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