Registration of a Co-operative - Western Australia

Service summary

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 intend 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
  • 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.

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:

  • 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
  • pay any relevant fees.

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





Submission of proposed disclosure statement for approval


Registration application


Submission of proposed rules


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


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.

Approval time

Approximately one week.

Administering agency

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Consumer Protection

Act(s) name

Co-operatives Act 2009 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Co-operatives Regulations 2010 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Enquiries, Cooperatives Unit
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Consumer Protection

Operating address:
140 William Street
Perth, Western Australia 6001
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 14
Cloisters Square PO
Western Australia 6850


1300 304 074


Consumer Protection Opens in a new browser window

Supporting information


The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice, nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained, the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.

To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments, their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon the information.