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COOPERATIVES + MUTUALs

BCCM History

2011

Capricorn Society logo

Social Business Australia forms assisted by Capricorn Society Ltd. It’s the beginning of a movement to establish a permanent representative body for co-ops and mutuals in Australia.

2012

2012 International Year of Co-operatives Australian one dollar coin

 National committee forms to coordinate the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives in Australia

Stories.coop logo

BCCM played an integral role in the design and development of Stories.coop – a collection of co-op stories from around the globe.

2013

BCCM logo

BCCM is formed as a legacy of the International Year of Co-operatives. It is Australia’s first national peak body for co-ops and mutuals.

Inaugural BCCM Board: Tony Stuart, Group CEO NRMA, Greg Wall, Group CEO Capricorn, Damien Walsh, CEO bankmecu, John McInerney, MD Common Equity Housing Ltd, Andrew Crane, CEO CBH Group, Peter Knock, CEO The Co-op, Melina Morrison, CEO BCCM

Inaugural BCCM Board: Tony Stuart, Group CEO NRMA, Greg Wall, Group CEO Capricorn, Damien Walsh, CEO bankmecu, John McInerney, MD Common Equity Housing Ltd, Andrew Crane, CEO CBH Group, Peter Knock, CEO The Co-op, Melina Morrison, CEO BCCM

BCCM Inaugural Chair, Greg Wall, is appointed to the Board of the International Co-operative Alliance.

Greg Wall, Group CEO Capricorn

2014

BCCM holds the first National Leaders’ Summit and the Taste of Australia Industry Dinner is born.

 

BCCM releases the first sector Blueprint and the National Mutual Economy Report.

National Mutual Economy Report

BCCM Chair, Dr Andrew Crane is the first co-operative CEO appointed to the B20 Group advising the G20 nations.

Dr Andrew Crane

 

The roll-out of Co-operatives National Law to reduce regulatory costs, provide co-ops with flexibility in accessing capital and reduce administrative burden of having to register in multiple jurisdictions.

Establishing the Annual National CME Leader’s Summit.

2015

Senate inquiry into Co-ops, Mutuals and Member-owned firms.

Nick Xenophon (co-proposer) and Bridget McKenzie (co-proposer) flank Chris Ketter (chair) of the Senate inquiry into Cooperatives, Mutuals and Member-owned Firms

Nick Xenophon (co-proposer) and Bridget McKenzie (co-proposer) flank Chris Ketter (chair) of the Senate inquiry into Cooperatives, Mutuals and Member-owned Firms

National Chairs Forum

BCCM forms National Chairs’ Forum.

BCCM launches Get Mutual, a free resources website.

Get Mutual

2016

Global board of the International Co-operative Alliance meets in Australia for the first time in 100 years.

International Co-operatives Alliance logo

 

Working with agricultural co-ops to secure the $14 million Farming Together Program.

Farming Together logo

2017

Establishing the Parliamentary Friends of Mutuals and Co-operatives.

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Melina Morrison and Dr Andrew Leigh

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Melina Morrison and Dr Andrew Leigh

The Hammond Review into access to capital.

Senator Bridget Mckenzie, RHS; Greg Hammond OAM; The Hon. Scott Morrison; Wendy Machin, Chair, COBA; Melina Morrison, CEO, BCCM

Senator Bridget Mckenzie, RHS; Greg Hammond OAM; The Hon. Scott Morrison; Wendy Machin, Chair, COBA; Melina Morrison, CEO, BCCM

BCCM launches annual Recognition Awards for outstanding service to the sector.

Handcrafted BCCM pin.

BCCM Hall of Fame Inductees received a handcrafted BCCM pin

2018

BCCM reaches 50 members milestone – and growing!

Government announces that BCCM will receive $2.5 million and Southern Cross University $500,000 to help farmers, fishers and foresters establish and grow farm co-ops and other collaborative business models that can boost farm gate returns.

2019

BCCM welcomes landmark changes for mutuals

In April 2019, the Federal Parliament passed landmark legislation for mutuals. These are the first amendments to the Corporations Act for 18 years that relate to our sector and open up a number of new opportunities for Federally registered co-operatives and mutual businesses to grow whilst safeguarding mutuality for future generations.BCCM was at the forefront in advocating and developing this new law.

Government announces that BCCM will receive $2.5 million and Southern Cross University $500,000 to help farmers, fishers and foresters establish and grow farm co-ops and other collaborative business models that can boost farm gate returns.

Launch of the Mutual Value Measurement

The NVM research study led to the development of a framework that helps the CME sector measure their total value creation through a set of common dimensions.

The Mutual Reforms Bill amended the Corporations Act so that mutuals and co-operatives can issue investment capital without demutualising, that passed into law on the 5th April 2019.

The first AICD course – Foundations of Directorship for CMEs

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