Registration of a Co-operative - Victoria

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 the 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.

Duration

As specified

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Co-operative

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply Co-operative Co-operatives - Fees and Forms (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Co-operatives National Law Application Act 2013 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Co-operatives National Law (Victoria) Local Regulations 2014 Victoria

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.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Community Safety

Consumer Affairs Victoria

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 Enquiries

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Department of Justice and Community Safety

Victoria
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4567
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1300 558 181
Email: cav.registration.enquiries@justice.vic.gov.au
Website: Consumer Affairs Victoria (Opens in new window)