Co-operative Registration - Tasmania


You will require this national registration if you intend to establish a co-operative. A co-operative is a democratic organisation owned and controlled by its members for a common benefit. Co-operatives can be formed for a specific purpose or for providing a service (for example, a kindergarten or wine club).

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.

There are two types of co-operatives that may be established:

  • Distributing co-operatives: It must have shared capital and at least 5 active members, and has the ability to distribute part of the surplus of the co-operative to members by way of bonus shares, dividends or rebates.
  • Non-distributing co-operatives: It 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 co-operative may alter its rules to change from one type of co-operative to the other. This alteration must be approved by ballot.

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:

  • ensure your co-operative 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
  • pay the required fee.

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

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must submit the Annual Return Form each year.


As specified on the registration.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $29.16

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


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply Co-operative Application to Register a Co-operative - PDF (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Co-operative Co-operative Forms and Information Documents (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Co-operatives National Law (Tasmania) Act 2015 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Co-operatives National Law (Tasmania) Local Regulations 2015 Tasmania

Administering agency

Department of Justice

Consumer, Building and Occupational 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:


Consumer, Building and Occupational Services

Department of Justice

Mailing address: PO BOX 56
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Phone: 1300 654 499
Fax: 03 6173 0205
Website: Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (Opens in new window)