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What is a Co-operative?

A cooperative is "an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned enterprise".

Pro bono Australia Article - Co-Operatives, the slow food of  social enterprise?

You can find an introduction to Co-ops course in the QSEC Online Learning Centre.

Resources from BCCM 

  • Handy guide to help SE get started on testing business ideas, with links to resources for co-operative business planning: LINK 
  • Co-op builder tool, where you can build the constitution and disclosure statement needed to form a co-op: LINK 
  • BCCM YouTube Channel: LINK
  • What are co-operatives overview: LINK
  • Community investment in co-operatives guide: DOWNLOAD
  • Co-operatives and other structures comparison matrix: DOWNLOAD
  • Specifically for QLD - recent webinar on Co-ops National Law: LINK
  • How to raise money in member shares (by a community energy co-op): LINK
Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast have recently published this excellent free publication Cooperatives in Australia: a manual.

Co-operative Social Enterprises

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