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17 August - Film night  A New Economy (details at bottom of page)
18 August - 2017 Conference

The 2017 Conference - Active Members, Thriving Co-ops, Influencing Our Program Conference is the feature member engagement event on the CEHL engagement calendar.

Friday 18 August 9-6pm
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Co-ops across the state come together to network, collaborate and deliverate key Program matters.

Learn new skills and understand upcoming challenges and opportunities for the housing sector and our Program

Featuring . . .

  • Guest speaker Melina Morrison, CEO of the BCCM
  • Discussion panels + Question & Answer format
  • Workshops
  • Pop-Up stalls with new services & skill for co-ops
  • Networking & knowledge sharing

Top 4 Reasons you need to be at this year's Conference!

  1. Be a Change-maker and influence our Housing Program
  2. Access resources to help make running your co-op easier
  3. Discuss opportunities and challenges of government initiatives
  4. Network and connect with co-ops from across Victoria

Guest Speaker

Melina Morrison, CEO, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM)

The BCCM formed in 2013 following a national campaign Melina led in 2012, to raise awareness of the contribution of co-operative businesses in the Australian economy.

Melina is a founding director of the co-operative business advocac organisation, Social Business Australia, established in 2009 to increase recognition of the added value of member-based business in the national economy.

Panel Presentation and Q&A

TOPIC: Program Costs & Revenue Review

Overview of program costs and revenue, challenges, and opportunities, introduction to rent model review process.  Click here for background information

TOPIC: Government Initiatives

Outline of recent and upcoming government initiatives for the housing sector covering the opportunities and challenges they present, including the Victorian Housing Register.

WORKSHOP 1 - Draft Participation Policy Feedback

Discussion and feedback on the draft Participation policy.

The draft policy has been developed based on the Participation Forums held in May 2017 and in consultation with the Participation Policy Advisory Group.

Draft Policy available 21 JULY

WORKSHOP 2 - Engagement Review

An interactive workshop to review current 'engagement' and communication methods, what's working and what could work better.  Participants will create an action plan for future engagement.

Knowledge Sharing + Networking

Knowledge sharing among co-op members + CEHL employees.


Pop-Up Stalls featuring . . .

  • Program policy
  • Financial services, sign-up for electronic banking
  • Computer skills, breaking down barriers Digihouse


Co-ops traveling 100kms+ are eligible for one room, one-night accommodation.

Accommodation bookings MUST be made by 18 JULY.

Click here to email Melissa Crebbin or call 9208 0838 for accommodation bookings.

Travel Reimbursement

Travel reimbursements of up to $100 are available for non-metro co-ops attending the conference.

Parking & Access

Event parking is available at Wilsons Parking underneath Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Car park entry is via Normanby Rd, closest car park door to the conference is door #1.

Public Transport options

Go to Public Transport Victoria for details.

Enter the MCEC via Clarendon St, opposite the Crown Complex.


CEHL is hosting a film night featuring

A New Economy

Thursday 17 August, 6.30 to 8.30pm Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton

Watch Film Trailer

What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model?

Watch, as several organisations strive towards building a more co-operative future.  By putting humanity before the bottom line, they are finding their place in an economy previously dominated by profits and big business.

Screening of A New Economy followed by panel discussion + Q&A


Tickets $10 or $5 concession, includes complimentary drink