Co-op registry management – for member engagement and investment-readiness webinar

Invitation only 

A one hour webinar covering:

  • The role of digital registry management in engaging members and raising and managing capital in co-ops
  • Case studies from the Co-operative Farming pilot project and NZ co-ops.

Join experienced share registry provider Syndex and the BCCM for the launch of a new partnership aimed at supporting Australian CMEs member and share registry functions.


Co-ops and mutuals are increasingly large and complex organisations and require professional member reporting, communications, managing member registries and rebate/dividend distribution processes to engage and retain members. In addition, relying on paper-based administrative systems can be a barrier to liquidity in member investments and to raising new capital by way of shares, debentures or Co-operative Capital Units (CCUs).

Through the Co-operative Farming program, BCCM worked with software provider Syndex to pilot a registry solution that helps to take the ‘admin pain point’ away from the running of Australian agricultural co-operatives and pave the way for full utilisation of co-op securities. Syndex have worked with co-ops in New Zealand for a number of years and were able to tailor their offering to the Australian co-op context of Co-operatives National Law. Syndex is now pleased to bring a range of co-op informed digital registry solutions to the Australian CME sector.

There will be time for Q&A with Kate Hage and Jamie Hall from Syndex.

Please email the BCCM to attend this member webinar.


Intro to Digital Communications for Co-operatives with BCCM

This course supports new and existing co-ops to develop and maintain their online presence. This course will be presented via Zoom over six one-hour sessions and is limited to 25 people, so be sure to register your interest to avoid missing out.

This BCCM course will be presented by Clare Fountain, Co-operative & Business Management Consultant and Kristin Sinclair, Digital Consultant.

Specific topics covered

  1. Digital communications strategy
  2. Storytelling and content marketing
  3. Using your website to engage
  4. SEO
  5. Social Media
  6. Analysis – using your data to improve engagement

Each session will be 60 minutes long: 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A and includes a take-home workbook.


  • Week 1: Monday 10 May, 6-7pm AEST and Wednesday 12 May, 6-7pm AEST
  • Week 2: Monday 17 May, 6-7pm AEST and Wednesday 19 May, 6-7pm AEST
  • Week 3: Monday 24 May, 6-7pm AEST and Wednesday 26 May, 6-7pm AEST


Cost (before subsidy): $500 plus booking fee.

The Co-operative Farming program offers a 90% bursary for this course. Find out more and apply for a bursary. Subject to approval, you will receive an email from the Co-operative Farming program confirming your successful application and with a discount code that you should apply at the checkout, this will ensure your payment is reduced to 10% of the full cost. Please note applications for bursaries need to be submitted no later than Monday 3 May 2021.


Register online to attend the Introduction to Digital Communications for Co-operatives with BCCM course.

Talking about your generation: Planning for success in succussion

Farming Together’s Learning Together Webinar Series. 

This webinar explores different ways of approaching succession – from developing family inclusion to opening up the family farm to other collaborators and ventures.

Learn how retiring farmers who want to step back from active farming but don’t want to sell the family farm can collaborate with emerging farmers who want to get started but can’t afford land.


  • Katie and Hugh Finlay, Harcourt Organic Farming Coop
  • Lorraine Gordon, Farming Together Director and Grazier

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Stories from Country: Indigenous collaborative farming

Farming Together’s Learning Together Webinar Series. 

The Noongar people formed the Noongar Land Enterprise Group (NLE) to capitalise on its collective power through information exchange, representation and business development pathways. This presentation will provide an insight into how NLE was established and how it is creating economic opportunities for indigenous Australians on Noongar land alongside social and cultural growth.


  • Alan Beattie, Noonga Land Enterprise Group
  • Aural Mcguire, Noonga Land Enterprise Group

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Love thy neighbour: Neighbouring farmers joining forces

Farming Together’s Learning Together Webinar Series.

Learn how sharing knowledge and resources can improve decision making and yield better results.

Hear the stories of neighboring farmers who have collaborated to achieve greater performance and profitability.

Stories include how regenerative farmer, director and actor, Rachel Ward and neighbor Mick Green joined their herds together and started cell grazing.


  • Glen Chapman, CEO, Regenerative Blue
  • Rachel Ward, Farmer and Actress, Writer, Director
  • Mick Green, Farmer

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Building trust and the power of collective data

Farming Together’s Learning Together Webinar Series.

Learn how a group of beef producers gained each other’s trust to share data including benchmarking input and performance costs. Together they engaged experts to analyse data to build greater collective knowledge which has enhanced everyone’s performance and profitability.

Find out how a leap of faith and the right expert analysis improved everyone’s bottom line.


  • Ana Pimenta, King Island Natural Resource Management Group
  • Bill Hoffman, Hoffman Beef Benchmarking Group

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Galvanising hidden strengths: Building community knowledge and support networks

Farming Together’s Learning Together Webinar Series.

How to build and strengthen networks. Speakers stories followed by Q&A.

Guest speakers

Diana Fear, Central West Farming Systems Inc.

Diana Fear is CEO of Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) which is an independent, not-for-profit, farmer driven organisation based at Condobolin, NSW. CWFS operates in an area covering 14 million hectares in the lower rainfall, mixed farming regions of Central West NSW (350-500mm rainfall). Formed in 1998, the group has over 300 members made up primarily of farmers but also private and public sector advisers, researchers and stakeholders.

Diana is a Board Member of Regional Development Australia Central West (RDA CW) and is passionate about increasing the economic, environmental and social opportunities in rural and regional Australia.

On top of this, Diana has been chosen as one of 12 outstanding women with skills and a vision for agriculture that have been selected for the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.

Ken Drummond, Stirling’s To Coast

Ken Drummond was on the original steering committee to form Stirlings to Coast farmers in 2009. Since then, membership has grown to over 200 members, representing 83 farming businesses, and the group continues to enjoy strong support from an increasing number of sponsors and corporate members. In 2018, SCF initiated it’s Student Connect Future Farmers project, with 19 new student members from the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark.  The project expanded in 2019 to other local schools with an Agriculture focus, Mt Barker Community College and Great Southern Grammar, and continues in to 2020 with over 60 students now involved in lectures, demonstrations and work experience.

SCF works with a number of research partners to conduct paddock scale trials each year, as well as coordinating canola disease surveys and herbicide resistance testing.   In recent years there has been an increased focus on trials and projects looking at the value chain and post-farm gate value-adding.

Annabelle Bushell, GGA-WA

Annabelle, from the Grower’s Group Alliance in Western Australia, has a passion for rural and regional communities. Growing up on the family farm in the Avon Valley, Annabelle has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and has worked with pastoralists and land managers, researchers, growers and natural resource management professionals and is a key collaborator across science, community and industry to develop and drive new initiatives.

After completing a Masters studying local food systems across Europe, she returned home and relocated to Queensland where she worked with the horticulture supply chain.

Having returned home to WA and bringing her community and stakeholder engagement, commercial acumen and industry collaboration skills, she is keen to support and sustain the networks that build the intellectual and social capital of our regional communities.

Watch this recorded webinar online

Dare to share your data: Developing a farmer-driven data co-operative

Farming Together’s Learning Together Webinar Series.

The inaugural FREE Learning Together Live Webinar will start with a brief introduction about collaborative business models and structures by Program Manager Amanda Scott.

Data sharing arrangements allow farmers to gain access to a wider set of data to help with management decisions.

Hear from Phillip Guthrie and Chris Sounness about data sharing initiatives while at Birchip Cropping Group (BCG).

Speaker stories are followed by a Live Interactive Q&A.

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Out of the box solutions: Community supporting agriculture – agriculture building community

Farming Together’s Learning Together Webinar Series

Food box distribution has become increasingly popular since the COVID outbreak. But how do farmer groups get one off the ground? And which model is right for you, your collaborative partners, and your community?

Hear from two women who helped create different food box solutions which support local small scale producers and gives their community greater access to clean fair food.

Deb Bogenhuber runs Out of the Box, a Mildura-based food project which grows small-scale regenerative growers and connects them with local buyers.

Clarence Valley Food Chairperson Deb Novak acted fast during the COVID crisis to establish a delivery service of produce by Yamba Farmers market stallholders, which is maintaining sales post-pandemic.

Speaker stories are followed by a Live Interactive Q&A.

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MVM Virtual Masterclass

Co-operative Farming bursaries apply for this course for those that meet the criteria. Please apply for a bursary

This Virtual Masterclass led by Dr Paul Thambar (Monash Business School) is designed to help CME executives and their teams to develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the Mutual Value Measurement (MVM) framework, as well as working together to identify the necessary tools and resources required to implement the framework within their organisation.

Facilitated by the MVM research team including Professor Matthew Hall and Dr Sarah Adams, the MVM Virtual Masterclass will run for four hours (breaks will be included). Content will include an overview of the framework, guidance on clarifying and establishing your mutual purpose, implementation planning and deep-dives into each of the six measurement dimensions:

  • Commerciality
  • Shaping Markets
  • Member Relationships
  • Community Relationships
  • Ecosystem and Reciprocity
  • Mutual Mindset

Each dimension will be unpacked, and suggestions will be provided for how each of its elements (objectives, activities, performance measures) could be developed.

This interactive masterclass will be an opportunity for CMEs to interact with the MVM research team and with peers. Pre-masterclass preparatory work will allow participants to get the most out of this class.

The Virtual Masterclass has been developed to provide organisations with two individual registrations per registration fee to encourage participation by multiple team members.

Learning objectives

  1. Working definition of each dimension of MVM as it applies to your CME.
  2. Understanding of how your current measures relate to each of the MVM dimensions.
  3. Analyse and understand how the MVM framework can be customised for your CME and identify implementation issues for further consideration
  4. List of potential additional (if required) new metrics for each dimension.

The purpose of the MVM Virtual Masterclass is to help CMEs develop the capability to implement the MVM Framework within their organization.

Wednesday 19 August 2020, 1pm to 5pm AEST

Duration of online presentation
Five hours (four presentations with convenience breaks some of the sessions). This includes an optional one hour consultation with the Monash team post-event to provide feedback for implementation plans.

Platform for presentation


Co-operative Farming bursaries apply for this course for those that meet the criteria. Please apply for a bursary

  • Non-BCCM member $1500 plus GST (providing two registrations per organisation)
  • BCCM member – $750 plus GST (providing two registrations per organisation)

The cost of registering is per organisation and provides up to two registrations for key staff.

Register online.

MVM Masterclass registration closes Tuesday, 18 August at 11am. For late enrolments please contact either Bev Wood or Carmel Butler on