A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons who voluntarily join together to meet common economic, social and cultural needs and goals through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. It may provide goods or services to its members, like rural cooperatives, or the public.
What is a cooperative?
Types of cooperatives, what they do and advantages to being involved in one.
Registering a cooperative
How to register a cooperative, including creating the rules, drafting a disclosure statement, holding a formation meeting and setting active membership guidelines.
Operating a cooperative
Important aspects of operating a cooperative, including the board of directors, votes and resolutions, financial management, reporting requirements, changing the rules and dispute resolution processes.
Fair Trading´s role
Our role in helping you register, operate and wind up a cooperative.
Searching the register
Fair Trading maintains a public register of registered cooperatives.
Winding up a cooperative
You can wind up a cooperative voluntarily, or Fair Trading or the Supreme Court can wind it up.
Application forms and cooperatives rules.
Australian Uniform Co-operative Laws Agreement (AUCLA)
The AUCLA provides for the development of uniform laws and administration to regulate co-operatives. Details are on the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) website
Last reviewed 15/03/2013