ACSA’s latest tie-up looks to bring co-operatives and mutuals into aged care sector

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Peak body Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) has joined forces with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM), the national peak body representing Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises (CMEs) in multiple sectors.

ACSA says the objective is to deliver information and awareness programs about co-ops and mutuals and to offer guidance, encouragement and support to those providers interested in mutualising services or new start-ups.

“The MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is an exciting commitment to exploring different organisational models and ways in which providers can respond to the Royal Commission findings for older people  to have more control and choice over the services they are receiving,” said ACSA CEO Pat Sparrow (pictured), who has resigned.

“We are looking forward to working together with BCCM to inform our members and empower them with options for the future.”

The BCCM membership covers a wide range of industry sectors including agriculture, banking, health, education, housing, insurance, motoring, superannuation, retail, wholesale and purchasing and Indigenous services.

“We are delighted to partner with ACSA to increase awareness of the co-op and mutual model and how member-ownership and governance can help organisations achieve their aspirations for person centred, compassionate care delivered by aged care workers who feel appreciated and empowered in their workplace,” said BCCM CEO Melina Morrison.