What we do – AN OVERVIEW

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.

In 2015 and 2016 we advocated for and steered a Federal Senate inquiry into the sector’s contribution to the economy, so members could speak directly to lawmakers. The BCCM leveraged this momentum to secure:

Infographic on BCCM work: Infographics, government & advice hearings, industry relevant education & resources, reports on and for the sector, tertiary education & research guidance requests, new set of governance principles, free online tools & compliance checks.

The BCCM worked with project partners to reform capital-raising opportunities through the Hammond Review. This has paved the way for capital-raising opportunities for mutual businesses – another Australian first by the BCCM.

Giving businesses the choice to operate as a co-operative or mutual needs the regulatory regimes to fit. The BCCM has successfully delivered:

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is Australia’s peak body for co-operatives and mutuals across all industries.

Co-operatives, mutuals and member-owned businesses unite under the BCCM banner with the common objective of increasing awareness of these business models.

Together, we highlight the important contribution of these businesses to the national economy and community development of Australia and improve the business environment for all CMEs.

We do this through promotion, advocacy, networking and education.

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