Case studies

Across Australia, there are co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs) of all sizes operating in all industry sectors from health, housing, aged care, childcare and education to agriculture, banking, retail, insurance, the arts and motoring.

According to BCCM’s 2020 Natural Mutual Economy Report (link), there are 2,040 CMEs around Australia that combined have 28 million memberships. From large, billion-dollar firms to smaller, non-profit community enterprises, CMEs are formed to benefit their members who are also their owners, rather than shareholder investors.

Take a look at the case studies below to learn about the incredible breadth of the Australian co-operative and mutual sector.

Discover stories about co-operatives and mutuals from Australia and around the world on the global digital co-operative case study archive –

Read 50 stories of Australian co-operation in Building a Better Australia, the 2012 International Year of Co-operatives Commemorative Book.

The cleaning supply experts

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19 primary producer case studies

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Professional services and agricultural supplies

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