Co-operative Registration - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require this national registration if you intend to establish a co-operative. A co-operative is a democratic organisation owned and controlled by its members for a common benefit. Co-operatives can be formed for a specific purpose or for providing a service (for example, a kindergarten or wine club).

A co-operative legally registered in one jurisdiction is able to operate on a national basis without the need for further registration or reporting requirements in each state.

There are two types of co-operatives that may be established:

  • Distributing co-operatives: It must have shared capital and at least 5 active members, and has the ability to distribute part of the surplus of the co-operative to members by way of bonus shares, dividends or rebates.
  • Non-distributing co-operatives: It must have at least 5 active members and must not distribute any of the surplus to members, any surplus funds generated must be used to support its activities. This model is often used for community organisations.

An existing co-operative may alter its rules to change from one type of co-operative to the other. This alteration must be approved by ballot.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • ensure your co-operative has a set of complying rules
  • have held a formation meeting
  • have at least five members (unless you gain an exemption)
  • complete the required form
  • pay the required fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the registration.



Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.



Application for Co-operative Registration - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Justice
Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading

Act(s) name

Co-operatives National Law (Tasmania) Act 2015 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Co-operatives National Law (Tasmania) Local Regulations 2015 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Enquiries, Business Affairs
Department of Justice
Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading


1300 654 499


03 6165 3400


03 6233 4882

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