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The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
0.5 years part-time up to 3 years maximum.
The Graduate Certificate in Co-operative Management and Organisation is the only program of its kind in Australia. Co-operatives, mutuals and member owned businesses (CMEs) have unique legal and economic characteristics that are much needed but have been neglected in the mainstream business and law curriculum.
A qualification in this field will provide you with an advantage if you are interested in pursuing a career in the member-owned (co-operatives and mutuals) and ‘for purpose’ (co-operatives and social enterprise) sectors.
The international co-operative principles and values have a long history of guiding co-operative leaders and managers to provide both economic and social benefits to their members and their communities. CMEs have proven to be some of the world’s oldest, most innovative and resilient businesses. There is a surge of interest in the co-operative model among millennials who are questioning mass consumerism, unequal wealth distribution, insecure employment, social exclusion and environmental degradation.
The program will help you to understand the origins, principles and values, strengths and weaknesses of the co-operative business model. You will explore how this business model fits in relation to the sharing economy, and how it offers innovative solutions to solving economic, social and environmental challenges. You will:
Each course is designed to provide you with the tools and resources you need to gain a theoretical and practical understanding of how alternative business models operate and how they differ from investor owned business. The courses make use of international and Australian case studies as well as open access tools to guide you through the process of starting up and managing member-owned and ‘for purpose’ enterprises. You will learn to understand the significance of these alternative models in the expanding sharing economy and how they provide sustainable outcomes by focusing on members, community and the environment.
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
The co-operative, mutual and member-owned enterprises (CME) sector is much larger than you might think and it continues to grow both in Australia and worldwide. There are almost 3 million co-ops worldwide with more than 1.2 billion members, employing near 10% of the world’s population. The largest memberships are currently in India (242 million), China (160 million) and the USA (120 million), however co-operatives and mutuals have a long history throughout Europe. Australia, has more than 2,135 CMEs, with 85% of Australian adults being a CME member.
Cooperatives and mutuals have shown strong resilience in the recent global financial crisis, and even under the current tight Australian economy the latest National Mutual Economy Report (BCCM 2017) report that Australia’s top 100 CMEs increased their annual turnover by 6.6%, and annual growth in assets were up 10.5%.
Want to learn more? The 2017 National Mutual Economy report gives a video overview of the performance of the Co-operatives and Mutual Enterprises sector in Australia.
If you are looking to pursue a career in a sector that cares more about people than profit, the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives Management and Organisation will give you the competitive edge you need. Perhaps you are interested in helping others to understand that there are alternative ways of doing business. In both instances, you will be better equipped to do so when you graduate with a deeper understanding of co-operative principles and values new and innovative co-operative solutions with relevance in a rapidly evolving global sharing economy.
This program will enable you to leverage your existing professional experience with enhanced skills to boost your career. The knowledge you acquire will increase your business value and equip you for a managerial role within a co-operative or other social enterprise or as a specialist adviser to this sector in a mainstream accounting, financial or legal organisation. It is truly exciting to be a co-operator in the sharing economy!