Registration of a co-operative - Queensland

Description

You will need this registration if you intend to form a co-operative. A co-operative is an organisation owned and controlled by its members that operates primarily for economic, social or cultural benefit of its members. 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.

A co-operative can be either a:

  • distributing co-operative
  • non-distributing co-operative.

A distributing co-operative distributes part of a surplus to the members of the co-operative as bonus shares, dividends or rebates. Non-distributive co-operatives do not distribute parts of a surplus to its members as they are not-for-profit organisations which exist for the purposes of community benefit.

Service type

Licence

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:

  • two or more co-operatives (for a co-operative group)
  • a membership of five or more people (for any other co-operative)
  • held a formal meeting.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must submit the Annual Return Form each year.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply Co-operative Co-operative forms and fees (Opens in new window)
Comply Co-operative Registering a co-operative (Opens in new window)

Application process

Apply

There are three steps to registering a new co-operative:

  1. Approval of a set of rules by the Registrar. A draft disclosure statement for distributing co-operatives must also be approved and for other co-operatives if required by the Registrar.
  2. Once approved, a formation meeting is held to formally adopt the rules and, where a disclosure statement is required, to present the disclosure statement to prospective members.
  3. After the formation meeting, an application to register a co-operative form is lodged with the Registrar.

Transfer

This registration cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Registration Services

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:

Registration Services

Registration Services

Office of Fair Trading

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Queensland
Operating address: Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 74 68
Phone: 07 3738 8789
Fax: 07 3738 8783
Email: RegistrationServices@justice.qld.gov.au