Registration of a Co-operative - Victoria

Description

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

A cooperative legally registered in one jurisdiction is able to operate nationally without the need for further registration or reporting requirements in each state. There are two types of cooperatives that you may establish:

  • Distributing cooperatives: Must have shared capital and at least five active members, and have the ability to distribute part of the surplus of the co-operative to members by way of bonus shares, dividends or rebates

or

  • Non-distributing co-operatives: Must have at least five 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 cooperative may alter its rules to change from one type of cooperative to the other. This alteration must be approved by ballot.

To apply, complete the Application to Register a Co-operative form.

Other forms and related documents are available on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

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 you must:

  • ensure your cooperative 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.

Duration

As specified on the registration.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $78.20

Apply for approval of proposed name and rules (non-distributing co-operatives). Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application All $355.50

Apply for approval of proposed name, rules and disclosure statement (distributing co-operatives). Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application All $31.30

Register a co-operative. Fees for 2017-18.

Vary Application All $277.30

Apply to change name. Fees for 2017-18.

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application to Approve Co-Operative Name, Rules and Formation Disclosure Statement - DOC (Opens in new window)
Apply All Application to Register a Co-operative - DOC (Opens in new window)
Apply All Annual Report - Large Co-Operative - DOC (Opens in new window)
Apply All Annual Report - Small Co-Operative - DOC (Opens in new window)
Apply All Application to Approve Merger of Co-Operatives - DOC (Opens in new window)
Apply All Application to Approve Name and Disclosure Statement/s for Merger of Co-Operatives - DOC (Opens in new window)
Transfer All Application to Approve Transfer of Engagements - DOC (Opens in new window)
Transfer All Disclosure of Statement of Merger or Transfer of Engagements of Co-Operatives - DOC (Opens in new window)
Vary All Co-Operative Change Details (Addresses and Officers) - DOC (Opens in new window)
Vary All Application to Consent to Resignation by Auditor of a Large Co-Operative - DOC (Opens in new window)
Vary All Application for Extension or Shortening of Time - DOC (Opens in new window)
Vary All Application for Prior Approval of Rule Amendment/s - DOC (Opens in new window)
Vary All Application for Registration or Approval of Rule Amendment/s - DOC (Opens in new window)
Vary All Application to Approve Change of Co-Operative Name - DOC (Opens in new window)
Vary All Application to Wind-Up Co-Operative - DOC (Opens in new window)
Vary All Notice of Intention to Remove Auditor or Update Auditor's Details - DOC (Opens in new window)

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Regulation

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Contact details

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

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Department of Justice and Regulation

Phone: 03 8684 0735
Fax: 03 8684 6199
Other: 1300 558 181
Email: consumer@justice.vic.gov.au
Website: Consumer Affairs Victoria (Opens in new window)