What we do

The BCCM works hard to identify and remove barriers to fair competition and innovation for Australian co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs) by improving awareness of the important contribution of these businesses to the economy and community.

We work with governments, regulators and policy makers like the Productivity Commission, Treasury and ASIC to ensure that policy and legislation work for co-operative and mutual businesses.

We work closely with the ACCC so that discussion about competitive markets includes the co-operative and mutual business model.

We work with the AASB so changes to accounting standards don’t have a negative effect on member businesses.

We work with universities, professional bodies, AICD and the Governance Institute of Australia to make sure that courses in law, accounting, commerce and governance include the co-operative and mutual business model.

Advocacy and Policy

Making sure political parties, government and regulators understand Australia’s co-operative and mutual sector.


Education is a strategic priority of the BCCM. We educate people and policy makers about the advantages of mutual ownership.

Governance Principles

The CME Governance Principles, incorporate recommendations, guidance and commentary for effective member-focussed governance.

Research and Reports

 BCCM develops the evidence base necessary for advocating on behalf of co-operatives and mutuals face, and for identifying the issues they face.

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