Participation Policy

UPDATE 18 AUGUST: Online survey on Draft Participation Principles, Implementation Considerations, and Roles and Responsibilities now open here.

The survey closes on 25 August 2017.

There will be a further opportunity for co-ops and members to provide feedback on the final draft participation policy between 4 September to 16 October 2017.

For assistance with the survey, please contact Peter Sleeman on (03) 9208 0800.

UPDATE 4 AUGUST: The Participation Policy Advisory Group are looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming conference on 18th August. In preparation for our workshop on the Participation Policy, we would like to share the latest version of our thinking with you. This builds on the draft principles we shared on 21st July 2017.

This can be found here and at the top of the document library in the bottom right of this screen.

This table outlines our understanding of the implementation needs for each of the eight policy principles. This has emerged from our analysis of your feedback through the member engagement process. It also contains some thoughts about the roles and responsibilities of both CEHL and Co-operatives in bringing these principles to life.

At the conference, each member will have an opportunity to discuss four of the eight principles during the workshop session. There will be time for a short discussion, and then we are seeking your feedback on the extent to which the principle will make a positive difference to participation/active membership.

For those who are interested, there will be opportunities to contribute beyond the workshop in two ways:

  • by adding your thoughts to workshop materials in the foyer of the conference
  • by contributing through the forums below, which will be open until 25th August.

Through our discussions, it has become apparent that the roles of CEHL and Co-operatives have not always been clear, particularly around the big issue of non-participation. We hope that what is presented in this table helps to bring greater clarity to our roles and how we move forward. On that note, please keep in mind that we are developing a Program level policy that will provide the context for each Co-operative to align their own policies in the future.

You will also notice that we have often used the language of active membership (rather than just participation) as we feel it better captures the positive and mutually beneficial nature of this essential aspect of co-operative living.

We invite and appreciate your involvement in the conference and active participation in the Participation Policy discussion.

Kind regards,

Participation Policy Advisory Group:

Parameswaran Kanagasingam

Gayle Lawson-Verdon

Jean McVilly

Therese Streets

Christene Walker

Giselle Wilkinson

CEHL Representatives:

Andrew Bartlett

Nicola Foxworthy

Peter Sleeman

Independent Chair: Victoria Thom (Synergy2030)

UPDATE 18 AUGUST: Online survey on Draft Participation Principles, Implementation Considerations, and Roles and Responsibilities now open here.

The survey closes on 25 August 2017.

There will be a further opportunity for co-ops and members to provide feedback on the final draft participation policy between 4 September to 16 October 2017.

For assistance with the survey, please contact Peter Sleeman on (03) 9208 0800.

UPDATE 4 AUGUST: The Participation Policy Advisory Group are looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming conference on 18th August. In preparation for our workshop on the Participation Policy, we would like to share the latest version of our thinking with you. This builds on the draft principles we shared on 21st July 2017.

This can be found here and at the top of the document library in the bottom right of this screen.

This table outlines our understanding of the implementation needs for each of the eight policy principles. This has emerged from our analysis of your feedback through the member engagement process. It also contains some thoughts about the roles and responsibilities of both CEHL and Co-operatives in bringing these principles to life.

At the conference, each member will have an opportunity to discuss four of the eight principles during the workshop session. There will be time for a short discussion, and then we are seeking your feedback on the extent to which the principle will make a positive difference to participation/active membership.

For those who are interested, there will be opportunities to contribute beyond the workshop in two ways:

  • by adding your thoughts to workshop materials in the foyer of the conference
  • by contributing through the forums below, which will be open until 25th August.

Through our discussions, it has become apparent that the roles of CEHL and Co-operatives have not always been clear, particularly around the big issue of non-participation. We hope that what is presented in this table helps to bring greater clarity to our roles and how we move forward. On that note, please keep in mind that we are developing a Program level policy that will provide the context for each Co-operative to align their own policies in the future.

You will also notice that we have often used the language of active membership (rather than just participation) as we feel it better captures the positive and mutually beneficial nature of this essential aspect of co-operative living.

We invite and appreciate your involvement in the conference and active participation in the Participation Policy discussion.

Kind regards,

Participation Policy Advisory Group:

Parameswaran Kanagasingam

Gayle Lawson-Verdon

Jean McVilly

Therese Streets

Christene Walker

Giselle Wilkinson

CEHL Representatives:

Andrew Bartlett

Nicola Foxworthy

Peter Sleeman

Independent Chair: Victoria Thom (Synergy2030)

  • Participation Policy Background Paper

    5 months ago
    The Participation Program Policy Background Paper provides all the information on the Project and how it will progress through the coming months. Click on the link above to open the paper in full.



    The Participation Program Policy Background Paper provides all the information on the Project and how it will progress through the coming months. Click on the link above to open the paper in full.



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  • Workshop Invitations Sent

    5 months ago

    Invitations to the Participation Workshops have been mailed out and will be with you any day now.

    The invitation contains information on the dates and times of the workshops and how to RSVP for them.

    For those of you who would like to get a jumpstart on RSVP'ing, click on the RSVP for Participation Workshops button to your right.

    Invitations to the Participation Workshops have been mailed out and will be with you any day now.

    The invitation contains information on the dates and times of the workshops and how to RSVP for them.

    For those of you who would like to get a jumpstart on RSVP'ing, click on the RSVP for Participation Workshops button to your right.

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  • Participation Policy Advisory Group Selected

    5 months ago

    We are delighted to announce that, following an Expression of Interest process, the members of the Participation Policy Advisory Group have been chosen.

    The group's members are:

    • Jean McVilly, Access CERC
    • Kanagasinga Parameswaran, Herbert St CMC
    • Christine Walker, Phoenix CERC
    • Gayle Lawson-Verdon, Woorayl CERC
    • Giselle Wilkinson, Earth CERC
    • Therese Streets, Diamond Valley CMC.

    The advisory group will:

    • provide feedback on the proposed participation engagement activities to ensure that they are appropriate and suitable for Co-ops and Co-op member

    • develop and recommend a final Participation Program Policy to the Board that reflects feedback received through the engagement activities

    We are delighted to announce that, following an Expression of Interest process, the members of the Participation Policy Advisory Group have been chosen.

    The group's members are:

    • Jean McVilly, Access CERC
    • Kanagasinga Parameswaran, Herbert St CMC
    • Christine Walker, Phoenix CERC
    • Gayle Lawson-Verdon, Woorayl CERC
    • Giselle Wilkinson, Earth CERC
    • Therese Streets, Diamond Valley CMC.

    The advisory group will:

    • provide feedback on the proposed participation engagement activities to ensure that they are appropriate and suitable for Co-ops and Co-op member

    • develop and recommend a final Participation Program Policy to the Board that reflects feedback received through the engagement activities
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