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International Year of Co-operatives 2012 e-newsletter
2012, it’s Our Time to Shine!

20 December 2012

Dear Valued Supporters and Friends,
Welcome to the Christmas 2012 issue of IYC 2012 Australia e-newsletter...

Deck the "Halls of Honour"


Thank you
for your outstanding support in 2012!

To all of the IYC 2012 industry partners, our National Steering Committee and Reference Group – it's been a transformative year for the co-operative movement, thank you!
To everyone who got involved, ran events, shared resources and enthusiasm - it's been an amazing year of co-operation - without your support we could not have achieved so much in this International Year dedicated to our co-operative model of business, thank you!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a co-operative New Year.

From the IYC 2012 Secretariat


The gift that keeps on giving
Building a Better Australia – 50 stories of co-operationThere's still time to bag the special IYC deal on the IYC Commemorative Year Book, Building a Better Australia: 50+ Stories of Co-operation – 20% discount ends 1 January 2013.
It's the publication every Australian co-op should have – celebrate the diversity and the success of Australian co-ops with more than 50 case studies. A great way to educate local MPs, school children, business networks and local government about the value of the co-operative businesses in your region. 
Order online from The Co-op Bookshop. For assistance with ordering and bulk discounts phone Stephen Mason on 02 9325 9600 or email

What's under the tree?

Under the Christmas Tree

Stories.coopYour stories
This year we have featured Australian co-operative case studies on, on our case studies page and in the commemorative year book – Building a Better Australia: 50+ Stories of Co-operation.   
The latest stories to feature on as a global story of the day were:
     - Aboriginal Medical Service
     - Borderlands Cooperative

Add your own great story to!

Download your copy of the IYC 2012 Toolkit Adobe PDF  for fact sheets, ideas, template media release and letter to your MP.
There are plenty of additional resources, including posters and postcard templates in the Toolbox.

Twitter BirdSocial Media
Stay in touch and join fellow Australian cooperators online – connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Conference PhotoYear in Pictures
Browse photos from some of the events from 2012.
Got your own IYC photos to share? Send them to or share them with us on Facebook!

Mapping Report
TAI logoWhilst 79% of Australians are members of co-ops, only 16% know that they are! This and more astounding facts about the co-op sector were revealed in the first national research project on member-owned organisations in Australia – download the full TAI report.
Complimentary bound copies of the report are available by emailing Mitch at

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Have your say
Fair Trading NSW    
Draft National Co-operative Regulations in NSW have been released for industry and public comment. Co-operatives are encouraged to offer their insights and provide comment on the proposed legislation on the NSW Fair Trading website. Deadline for comments is 7 January 2013.

What's in the paper?
Occupy Wall Street? Just defund itWashington Post

Smooth cooperators step up after the GFCSydney Morning Herald

Stay tuned
We will be back in 2013 with more co-op news - Seasons Greetings!

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