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Queensland Co-operatives
The co-operative sector in Queensland consisted of 177 co-operatives (excluding financial mutuals) in 2009, comprising 10% of the total number of co-operatives in Australia. 1

It is believed the first retail co-operative store in Australia was formed in Brisbane, Queensland in 1859. Other co-operatives began to appear in 1870's. In 1893, the Queensland Parliament passed the Communities Land Act 1893, which resulted in the development of a number of rural settlement co-operatives in the state. Agricultural co-operatives emerged in the 1890's in the dairy and sugar industries. 2

In 1924, Queensland agricultural co-operatives were brought under the administration of the state's Primary Producers' Co-operative Associations Act 1923. In 1967, the Queensland Government enacted the Co-operatives and Other Societies Act to administer other types of co-operatives. In 1996, the government signed up to the national Co-operatives Laws Agreement, and in 1997 replaced its earlier acts with the Co-operatives Act 1997.

Today, co-operatives in Queensland are involved in a wide range of economic and social activities. There are over 70 distributing co-operatives in the agricultural, fishing, retail, transport, water and wholesale trade industries, and more than 100 non distributing co-operatives in the accommodation and hospitality, arts and recreation, education and training, health care, housing and social services industries

The following are links to Queensland co-operatives with websites. Some co-operatives are listed more than once due to their activities covering more than one industry.

LINKS INDEX

  Accommodation and Food Services   Professional and Technical Services
  Administration and Support Services   Real Estate Services
  Agriculture and Fishing   Retail Trade
  Arts and Recreation   Transport
  Electricity, Water and Waste Services   Wholesale Trade
  Health Care and Social Assistance   Other Services

ACCOMMODATION and FOOD SERVICES

Hotels

Hotel Theodore Co-operative Association Ltd

ADMINISTRATION and SUPPORT SERVICES

Employment Services

Caboolture Community Work Co-operative Ltd

AGRICULTURE and FISHING

Commodity Marketing

  Agricultural Products and Seafood Wholesaling

Inputs Supplies

  Hardware, Building and Rural Supplies

Fishing Support Services

Gold Coast Fishermen's Co-operative Ltd

ARTS and RECREATION

Artist's Studios

  See Art Gallaries and Craft Outlets

Culture

Starlight Theatre Co-operative Ltd
Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre Co-operative Society Ltd

Recreation

Liberator Boat Share Co-operative Ltd
Northern Brisbane Rollers Co-operative Ltd
Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway Co-operative Ltd
South Brisbane Masonic Hall Co-operative Society Ltd

ELECTRICITY, WATER and WASTE SERVICES

Waste Collection and Disposal Services

Reverse Garbage Queensland Co-operative Ltd

HEALTH CARE and SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

Aboriginal Services

Girudala Community Co-operative Society Ltd
Ngoonbi Co-operative Society Ltd

Hospitals

Clifton Hospital Co-operative Ltd

Social Support

Brisbane Welfare Co-operative Ltd
Nundah Community Enterprises Co-operative Ltd
Spiral Community Hub Co-op Ltd
Warrina Community Co-operative Ltd

PROFESSIONAL and TECHNICAL SERVICES

Management Advice and Related Consultancy Services

Community Praxis Co-operative Ltd

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

Rural Settlement

Crystal Waters Community Co-operative Ltd
Kanjini Co-op Ltd

Residential Property Operators (Housing co-operatives)

Bynoe Community Advancement Co-operative Society Ltd
Chjowai Housing Co-operative Society Ltd
Girudala Community Co-operative Society Ltd
I.D.E.A.S. Co-operative Society Ltd
Ngoonbi Co-operative Society Ltd

RETAIL TRADE

Art Gallaries and Craft Outlets

Kuranda Arts Co-operative Ltd
Sarina Community Art and Craft Co-operative Ltd
Upatree Arts Co-operative Ltd

Food Retailing (except Supermarket and Grocery Stores)

Community Foods Co-operative Ltd
Goondiwindi Co-operative Society Ltd
Maple Street Co-operative Society Ltd

Fuel Retailing

Coochin Creek Fruitgrowers' Co-operative Association Ltd
Killarney Co-operative Society Ltd

Hardware, Building and Rural Supplies

Coochin Creek Fruitgrowers' Co-operative Association Ltd
Esk District Co-operative Ltd
Killarney Co-operative Ltd
N.Q. Co-op Ltd
Wamuran Co-operative Ltd

Supermarket and Grocery Stores

Esk District Co-operative Ltd
Killarney Co-operative Society Ltd

TRANSPORT

Road Passenger Transport

Garden City Cabs Co-operative Ltd

WHOLESALE TRADE

Agricultural Products Wholesaling

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Co-operative Ltd
Coochin Creek Fruitgrowers' Co-operative Association Ltd
Sunfresh Marketing Co-operative Ltd
Tablelands Biodynamic and Organic Farmers Co-operative Ltd
Three Rivers Co-operative Ltd

Seafood Wholesaling

Gold Coast Fishermen's Co-operative Ltd

OTHER SERVICES

Business and Professional Association Services

Proserpine District Canegrowers Co-operative Ltd
Queensland Chamber of Fruit & Vegetable Industries Co-operative (Union of Employers) Ltd
Resource Industry Network Co-operative Ltd

Interest Groups

Big Australian Co-operative Ltd
Friends of the Earth-Brisbane Co-operative Ltd
Tuljun Boolaroo Co-operative Ltd
Union Co-operative Society Ltd


1. National Co-operatives Law Regulatory Impact Statement, 2010.
2. Gary Lewis, The Democracy Principle: Farmer Co-operatives in Twentieth Century Australia, 2006.

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