Online learning

Co-operative Farming provides access to a wide range of online learning options to enable you to undertake self-paced learning. This means you can complete learning where and when it’s convenient for you.

This selection includes newly created courses for Australian agricultural communities from Ethical Fields, as well as recent online modules from Farming Together (Southern Cross University).

BCCM has launched its Co-operative Foundations online modules.

These modules have 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.

Online courses

Co-operative Farming online modules

Co-operative Foundations is a range of succinct online modules at the foundational and intermediate levels, that serve as the starting point to begin your co-operative education journey. The core topics are:

  • Introduction to co-operatives
  • Membership
  • Business planning
  • Governance
  • Financial reporting and metrics
  • Co-operative capital and fundraising.
Farming Together's webinar series: November-December 2020

Farming Together is providing you the opportunity to learn more about Collaborative Business Solutions in Farming, Fishing and Forestry via its new webinar series.

Find out how collaborative business solutions can help address some of today’s biggest challenges. Working collaboratively, farmers can experience greater control of the supply chain, create economies of scale, build resilience to climate impacts, and access new markets.

Drawing from a wealth of experiences from farmers, fishers and foresters across the country, Farming Together invites you to find out how collaboration has turned challenges into opportunities. Topics include Food Hubs, Data Sharing, Neighbour Farming, and Succession Planning.

Listen, interact and have your questions answered by our guest speakers and expert panel each week. The Farming Together series of webinars will look at the variety of different collaborative business solutions, the various forms and structures they can take, provide tips for success when starting or growing a collaborative business, and the pitfalls to avoid.

This webinar is for: Anyone interested in starting or growing a collaborative business.

  • 5 November, 7-8pm AEDT: Dare to Share Your Data: Developing a Farmer-Driven Data Co-operative
  • 12 November, 7-8pm AEDT: Out of the box Solutions: Community supporting agriculture – agriculture building community
  • 19 November, 7-8pm AEDT: Galvanising Hidden Strengths: building community knowledge and support networks
  • 26 November, 7-8pm AEDT: Building Trust and the power of collective data
  • 3 December, 7-8pm AEDT: Love thy Neighbour: Neighbouring farmers joining forces
  • 3 December, 7-8pm AEDT: Stories from Country: Indigenous Collaborative Farming
  • 3 December, 7-8pm AEDT: Talking about your Generation: Planning for Success in Succussion

Find out more, and register online for each individual webinar.

Foundations of Directorship Course for CMEs – Australian Institute of Company Directors – Online – 15 February - 3 March 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.

BCCM and the AICD have designed this course specifically for co-operative and mutual directors operating in Australia. The contextualised course covers the responsibilities for boards and directors operating within the CME sector. Over three days, participants will gain a foundational knowledge of their directorship duties and responsibilities with interactive workshop sessions covering board duties, meeting processes, finance, strategy and risk.

Sessions are facilitated by experienced directors and the program incorporates case studies tailored to the co-operative and mutual business model to help increase relevance for participants.

Participants will be eligible to receive the Foundations of Directorship Certificate upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment.

This course is open to any director or executive officer of BCCM Members or Clients.

Event details


  • Monday  15 February 2021: Governance for Directors
  • Monday 22 February 2021: Finance for Directors
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021: Strategy and Risk for Directors


Virtually facilitated utilising Zoom technology.


  • AEST: 10:00am – 5:30pm
  • ACST: 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • AWST: 8:00am – 3:30pm


This cost of this course with a bursary is $324 plus GST per registrant.

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The Co-operative Farming program offers a 90% bursary for this course. Find out more and apply for a bursary.

Places are strictly limited.

The Co-operatives and Mutuals Strategic Development Program (CMSDP) with Professor Tim Mazzarol – Online – 4-20 May 2021

This online course delivered in an intensive format over three weeks focuses on what sets co-operative and mutual businesses apart from other business types, and provides critical insights into key strategic focus areas. This six module virtual program applies theory and industry best practice to the organisational realities of the participants. The program will focus on the sustainability, performance, and resilience of co-operative and mutual organisations.

Modules include:

  • Understanding the co-operative and mutual business models
  • Governance and leadership in member-owned businesses
  • Marketing the co-operative advantage
  • Financing co-operative and mutual businesses
  • Legislative structures and their impact on co-operative and mutual enterprises.

This is one of the leading CME Executive Training courses available in Australia. Delivered online by the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIM WA) and the University of Western Australia Business School. This program is facilitated by Professor Tim Mazzarol who is a world expert in the cooperative and mutual sector. Tim is a highly skilled and engaging facilitator.

As part of the Co-operative Farming project, BCCM is providing access to educational bursaries to cover 90% of the cost of this course for farmers, fishers and foresters who are interested in co-operatives, or currently engaged within a co-operative. Learn more about the bursary program.

Duration: Six virtual sessions, 2.5 hours per session

Dates: 4-20 May 2021, 5pm-7:30pm AEDT / 2pm-4:30pm AWST

  • Mod 1: May 4, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 2: May 6, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 3: May 11, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 4: May 13, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 5: May 18, 2-4.30pm (AWST)
  • Mod 6: May 20, 2-4.30pm (AWST)


  • Standard Cost: $990 (inc GST) for 15 hours of online learning 
  • Subsidised cost: $99 (inc GST) – 90% of the cost covered by the Co-operative Farming project.

Recommended for: For current or aspiring; board members, CEOs and their direct reports, and senior leaders who have, or will have, a strategic role in their business.

Apply: Online applications coming soon. Please complete this form on the BCCM website to express your interest in attending.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual Co-Operatives and Mutuals course, which was a great mix of presentation, independent learning and group discussion with other CME leaders. The course covered all of the essentials of successful CME management, and Tim provided several case studies and useful tools to help us apply the concepts to our own organisations. I would gladly recommend this course to any executive or senior manager, new or experienced, who are looking to refresh their thinking and expand their knowledge of CME’s.” November 2020. Michael May, General Manager, Shared Services; Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative.

ORICoop online workshops: December 2020 - May 2021

The Organic and Regenerative Investment Co-operative (ORICoop) exists to nurture and increase the amount and the productivity of organically and regeneratively managed land in Australia. ORICoop with the support of BCCM have created an online workshop series to help participants build skills and community.

Farming Together’s online training modules developed and hosted by Southern Cross University

Farming Together’s online courses aim to develop collaborative understanding in Australian agriculture. Their first course aims to help people understand the variety of collaborative models, particularly co-operatives, prior to formation. It is designed for farming groups and consultants and is currently open for free to the public.

Register for free to complete the Farming Together online courses.

BCCM online courses

Co-operative Foundations

Co-operative Foundations

The following modules have 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.

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