Registration of a Co-operative - Western Australia


You will require this registration if you intend to operate a co-operative in Western Australia. A co-operative is a legal entity formed by persons who intend to meet certain business, cultural and social needs through jointly owned enterprise. A registered co-operative is a body corporate and in Western Australia may be formed by a minimum of five individuals or corporations.

In forming a co-operative, members agree to use its services and to contribute capital to fund the enterprise, usually by purchasing shares. Funds are contributed not for capital gain but for service or trading benefits.

Co-operatives may be set up for a very wide range of social and economic activities, such as:

  • retailing
  • agriculture
  • manufacturing
  • child care
  • housing
  • marketing
  • arts and crafts
  • taxi services.

For instance, people in a rural community may establish a co-operative supermarket to buy food in bulk so that its members have access to cheaper goods.

You can also register as an existing corporation.

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:

  • apply for an available name using the approved application form
  • attach two copies of the proposed rules signed and certified by the persons who acted as chairperson and secretary at the formation meeting
  • lodge your application within two months of the formation meeting of your proposed co-operative
  • provide a statement listing the name, address, occupation and contact details of each person elected as a director
  • provide a certificate signed by the chairman and secretary verifying that you have been authorised to register the cooperative
  • submit annual reports
  • pay any relevant fees.

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




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $349.00

Submission of proposed disclosure statement for approval.

Apply Application All $162.00

Registration application

Apply Application All $171.00

Submission of proposed rules

General Application All -

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

Act(s) name

Co-operatives Act 2009 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Co-operatives Regulations 2010 Western Australia

Application process


Your application must be signed by at least 2 directors elected at the formation meeting, or at least 5 for a co-operative other than a co-operative group.

Approval time

Approximately one week.

Administering agency

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Consumer Protection

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:

Enquiries, Cooperatives Unit

Consumer Protection

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Operating address: Level 2
140 William Street
Perth, Western Australia 6001
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 14
Cloisters Square PO, Western Australia 6850
Phone: 1300 304 074
Website: Consumer Protection (Opens in new window)