Education is a strategic priority of the BCCM. We educate people and policy makers about the advantages of mutual ownership and advocate for member-owned business structures to be included in legal, accounting and commerce degree programs, like any other business model.

While eight in ten Australians are members of a co-operative or mutual, only two in ten know it.

Public awareness of co-ops and mutuals is not the only gap. Co-operatives and mutuals are largely ignored by the secondary, tertiary and private industry education systems. A 2016 audit of 40 universities found only two which mentioned co-ops or mutuals in a core subject.

This means co-operative and mutual businesses aren’t well understood by key professions such as accounting and law. Professional advice, therefore, costs more for co-operatives and mutuals than it does for other forms of business.

Co-operative and mutual education courses available in Australia

Education is one of the global co-operative principles and one of the BCCM’s strategic priorities is to increase the number of courses about the co-operative and mutual business model.

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The Co-operative Management and Organisation program, University of Newcastle

The Co-operative Management and Organisation program is extended education for co-operative professionals to enhance their career opportunities. The program teaches fundamental management skills and knowledge from traditional disciplines, as well as how such skill and knowledge can be adapted to suit co-operative, mutual, club and registered association business models. 

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Co-operative Research Group – The University of Sydney

The Co-operatives Research Group is a forum for research into and teaching about all forms of mutual organisations. These include consumer, social, worker, finance, producer co-operatives and other membership-based democratic organisations. The group aims to shape and inform public policy debate on the co-operative sector, its contribution to Australia and future social and economic development potential. Throughout the year, the group hosts seminars and events.

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BCCM Online Learning: Co-operative Foundations online course

Our new Co-operative Foundations online course has been developed to provide farmers, fishers and foresters a foundational understanding of co-operatives and how working together in a co-op increases the profits, efficiency, and value of participating agricultural businesses and their sector as a whole, now and for the future. Developed as part of the Co-operative Farming project.



Foundations of Directorship Course for CMEs 2021

You are invited to participate in the Foundations of Directorship Course for CMEs, delivered online by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) in partnership with BCCM: 19, 21 and 22 April 2021.

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The Co-operatives and Mutuals Strategic Development Program (CMSDP) – Online

Offered through AIM WA UWA Business School Executive Education, this three day program has been designed by Winthrop Professor Tim Mazzarol following extensive research into the needs of co-operative and mutual organisations. Discounts available for BCCM Members. 4-20 May 2021.

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Co-operative College eLearning Demo

The Co-operative College has partnered with Upskill People to develop eLearning programs for many different co-operatives and mutuals, from convenience stores and community shops, pubs and cafes, to football clubs, care co-operatives and worker co-operatives.

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