You will require this national registration if you intend to
establish a cooperative. A cooperative is a democratic organisation owned and
controlled by its members for a common benefit. Cooperatives can be formed for
a specific purpose or for providing a service (for example, a kindergarten or
A cooperative legally registered in one jurisdiction is able
to operate nationally without the need for further registration or reporting requirements
in each state. There are two types of cooperatives that you may establish:
- Distributing cooperatives: Must have shared
capital and at least 5 active members, and have the ability to distribute part
of the surplus of the co-operative to members by way of bonus shares, dividends
or rebates; or
Non-distributing co-operatives: 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 cooperative may alter its rules to change from
one type of cooperative to the other. This alteration must be approved by
ballot. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this registration you must:
- Ensure your cooperative 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; and
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information
regarding eligibility requirements.
As specified on the registration.
Apply for approval of a merger. Fees for 2016-17.
Apply for approval of disclosure statement for a merger (per disclosure statement). Fees for 2016-17.
Apply for approval of proposed name and rules (non-distributing co-operatives). Fees for 2016-17.
Apply for approval of proposed name, rules and disclosure statement (distributing co-operatives). Fees for 2016-17.
Register a co-operative or a body corporate as a co-operative. Fees for 2016-17.
Lodge a special resolution. Fees for 2016-17.
Lodge an annual report: large co-operative. Fees for 2016-17.
Lodge an annual report: small co-operative. Fees for 2016-17.
Apply for amendment of rules requiring prior approval of Registrar. Fees for 2016-17.
Apply for an extension or shortening of time to perform regulatory requirements. Fees for 2016-17.
Apply for approval of alteration to rules (per rule for a maximum of $161.70). Fees for 2016-17.
Apply to change name. Fees for 2016-17.
Apply for approval of a takeover (transfer of engagements). Fees for 2016-17.
Apply for approval of disclosure statement for a takeover (transfer of engagements) (per disclosure statement). Fees for 2016-17.
Department of Justice and Regulation
Consumer Affairs Victoria
Co-operatives National Law Application Act 2013 (Victoria)
Co-operatives National Law (Victoria) Local Regulations 2014 2014 (Victoria)
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