Conference Host

Phone: +61 2 9514 3928

Centre for Business and Social Innovation
CBSI brings together a cross-discipline team of researchers at UTS to take a holistic perspective on innovation, integrating the technical, the economic and the social.
It will operate as a hub where researchers from UTS Business School engage with members of other faculties to conduct innovative research on: The Future of Business in Society; The Future of Work, Organising and the Corporation; The Future of Innovation and Innovative systems.
The aims of the Centre are to:

  • Support the development of public policy in innovation and productivity, and the future of business and work
  • Assist Australian industry and business to transition to knowledge-intensive goods and services.
  • Foster a culture of innovation and healthy innovation eco-systems
  • Foster new approaches to the challenges of the future of work and the corporation
  • Develop new ways of harnessing innovation to generate creative, resilient, sustainable and inclusive societies
  • Examine social justice across the marginalized other, including ethnicity, Indigeneity, sexuality, age, gender and geographic location.

Conference Associate

Phone: (02) 6961 3300

Yenda Producers Co-operative
Yenda Producers is in the south west of NSW in the small town of Yenda (population 1,060) and was incorporated as a Co-operative on 24th July 1925.
The combination of the development of the Yenda area as a fledgling irrigation scheme coupled with the returned soldiers form WWI saw the need for these new farmers to work collaboratively to survive. Thus, Yenda Producers Co-operative (YPC) was formed to provide a stronger platform for both purchasing farming inputs and as a marketer of produce.

Today, YPC operates in a radius of approximately 100km, has 4 branches and around 1,480 members. The Co-op itself employs 51 F/T staff and has joint venture projects in agricultural related businesses including – Stock and Station Agents, Irrigation Design and Installation, Grain Accumulation and Marketing. These venture businesses employ a further 35 local staff.



Conference Associate

Free Call: 1800 066 834 / Office: (02) 9356 9200
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Common Equity NSW
Common Equity NSW is a provider and developer of affordable housing across NSW, operating in 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and managing in excess of 500 properties.

Common Equity is the peak body for housing co-operatives in NSW. We are a nationally registered Tier 2 Community Housing Provider, a not-for-profit organisation and a registered Specialist Disability Accommodation Provider under the NDIS.

Common Equity provides a unique offering as the only housing provider in NSW that delivers co-operative housing. We promote co-operative housing models to empower people to build strong communities and better outcomes through affordable housing solutions suited for all demographics and needs. Cooperative housing is especially effective for seniors, older single women, key workers, people living with a disability, marginalised groups and people on low incomes.

Common Equity is the #1 housing provider with the highest tenant satisfaction and engagement in Australia*. It is through the co-operative model that we are connecting people to long term safe and secure housing, training, education, employment, community engagement opportunities and improved quality of life.

Bursary Project Supporter

Phone: +61 (02) 9239 5931

Business Council of Co-operatives & Mutuals (BCCM)
BCCM is the national peak body representing the co-operative and mutual models of enterprise. It is the only organisation uniting the entire and diverse range of member owned businesses.

Formed in 2013, the BCCM is a powerful and informed voice in the business community. Led by the chief executives of Australia’s co-operative and mutual businesses, the BCCM brings together the sector of businesses owned by members or formed to benefit members, with the common objective of increasing awareness of these models of enterprise.

With an estimated 2000 co-operative and mutual businesses operating nationally representing a total of 14.8 million memberships, the BCCM through its members, highlights the contribution co-operatives and mutuals make to the national economy and social development in Australia. Australia has a rich heritage of co-operatives and mutuals and the BCCM aims to invigorate the sector for a greater balance and diversity in the forms of business ownership in the economy.