Registration as a Co-operative - Australian Capital Territory


You will require this registration if you intend to operate a co-operative in the Australian Capital Territory. A co-operative is an organisation owned and controlled by its members that operates primarily for economic, social or cultural benefit of those members. A co-operative can be either:

  • a distributing co-operative where the organisation must have share capital. Distributing co-operatives give returns or distributions on surplus share capital to members by way of bonus shares, dividends or rebates; or
  • a non-trading co-operative which must not distribute any of the surplus to members. These are not for profit organisations that may or may not have shares. They exist for the purposes of community benefit rather than individual profit or benefit.

Please use the contact details below to find out 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, the proposed co-operative must have:

  • a membership of five or more people
  • held a formal meeting.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the registration.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $174.00

Registration of a Proposed or Existing Co-operative

Act(s) name

Co-operatives National Law (ACT) Act 2017 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Co-operatives National Law (ACT) Regulation 2017 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

Business and Industry Licensing

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Business and Industry Licensing

Business and Industry Licensing

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 3000
Phone: 13 22 81
Website: Business (Opens in new window)