You will require this registration if you intend to operate a co-operative in Western Australia. A co-operative is a legal entity formed by persons who wish to meet certain business, cultural and social needs through jointly owned enterprise. A registered co-operative is a body corporate and in Western Australia may be formed by a minimum of five individuals or corporations.
In forming a co-operative, members agree to use its services and to contribute capital to fund the enterprise, usually by purchasing shares. Funds are contributed not for capital gain but for service or trading benefits.
Co-operatives may be set up for a very wide range of social and economic activities, such as retailing, agriculture, manufacturing, child care, housing, marketing, arts and crafts and taxi services. For instance, people in a rural community may establish a co-operative supermarket to buy food in bulk so that its members have access to cheaper goods.
You can also register as an existing corporation.
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:
- Submit an application for an available name, using the approved application form;
- Attach two copies of the proposed rules signed and certified by the persons who acted as chairperson and secretary at the formation meeting;
- Lodge your application within two months of the formation meeting of your proposed co-operative;
- Provide a statement listing the name, address, occupation and contact details of each person elected as a director;
- Provide a certificate signed by the chairman and secretary verifying that you have been authorised to register the cooperative;
- Submit annual reports; and
- Pay any relevant fees.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Submission of proposed disclosure statement for approval
Approval of the registration of a name
Submission of proposed rules
Annual report (please note that penalties apply for late lodgements).
Your application must be signed by at least 2 directors elected at the formation meeting, or at least 5 for a co-operative other than a co-operative group
Approximately one week.
Department of Commerce
Co-operatives Act 2009 (Western Australia)
Co-operatives Regulations 2010 (Western Australia)
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