Join the Social Care Community of Practice with a focus on home care

ACSA members are invited to join in the second online Social Care Community of Practice (CoP) to be held on Wednesday 8th December 2021 from 4pm – 5.30 pm.

23 Nov 2021

This CoP will explore co-operative approaches to home and community care with a focus on employee-owned co-operatives. This session brings together to benefits of employee ownership as a sustainable workforce strategy applied to home care inspiring deeper thought about Pillar 1 (Home Care) and Pillar 4 (Workforce) of the aged care reform strategy.

The Co-operative Life Australia’s first employee-owned worker co-operative in home care and the NDIS will share their journey since establishing in 2013.

A panel discussion will follow exploring the opportunities for designing new networked member-owned business models for home care including introducing some Australian and overseas case studies.

Please email Nicole Vlakic at BCCM to apply to join the Social Care Community of Practice.

Click here to learn more about this Social Care Community of Practice.

ACSA members are invited to join the second Community of Practice webinar to be held on Wednesday 8th December at 4pm – 5.30 pm.   


Join the second Community of Practice to learn more about Australian overseas case studies.

  • Click here for US case study Co-operative Home Care Associates to learn about the largest worker cooperative in the US providing quality care through quality jobs.

  • Click here for UK case study on CSH, an employee-owned NHS community health care provider that exists to help people live their healthiest lives in the community.

  • Click here for South Australian home support start-up Viva Mutual, a Buurtzorg inspired provider, employee owned developed by Healthy Social Care and the Hessel Group, with mutuality at the heart of the enterprise.

Learn more about the Social Care Community of Practice

Following the success of the Action to Empower Roundtable held in August 2021, the Social Care Community of Practice has been launched on BCCM’s website. There are resources and tools on the site to help those interested in the co-operative and mutual governance model.

ACSA has entered a MOU with the BCCM to raise awareness about the benefits of the co-operative and mutual business model and how it can be applied to innovate to transform how social care services are provided in Australia.

ACSA members will be able to join a series of online meetings and events designed to develop a network of people and enterprises interested in business model innovation that empower consumers and workers in social care through ownership.

BCCM and ACSA are planning events for ACSA members under the MOU

Stay tuned to future editions of ACSA Weekly to learn more about events planned under the ACSA and BCCM MOU.

Early discussions have highlighted the alignment of co-operatives and mutuals in rural and regional communities, an area that was highlighted by the Aged Care Royal Commission.

Benefits of co-operatives and mutuals in social care

Co-operatives and mutuals generate benefits through their autonomy and independence, decision-making by members, member economic participation, reinvestment of profits, and co-operation between people and communities with a shared interest in co-operating.

They can:

  • Increase organisational diversity in social service markets: Co-ops and mutuals can assist smaller service providers to come together in a mutual to collaborate and operate more efficiently in a market.

  • Harness the professionalism of carers and unleash their entrepreneurialism: Employee-owned organisations are an alternative to privatising or outsourcing services. Government can sponsor innovation like Kudos Services Australia’s first public service mutual and family and worker governed SILC operating in the NDIS.

  • Increase consumer choice and control by helping individuals and communities to formulate their own responses to problems in consumer directed care markets: Co-operatives and mutuals develop empowerment through community owned co-operatives.

There is evidence that when carers and consumers are empowered through democratic governance productivity and workplace satisfaction increases dramatically.

Learn more here about different types of co-operatives and mutuals that are appropriate in social care settings.

Click here to download the Action to Empower Report