The co-operative sector in Tasmania consisted of 28 co-operatives (excluding
financial mutuals) in 2012.
Little is known about the history of co-operatives in Tasmania, however,
co-operatives appear to have emerged in the fruit and dairy industries
in the late 19th century.
Today, co-operatives in Tasmania are involved in a range of economic and social
activities. The majority are
non distributing co-operatives
in the accommodation and hospitality,
arts and recreation,
and housing industries. The balance are
in the agriculture, manufacturing, transport, retail
and wholesale trade industries.
The first specific legislation for co-operatives in Tasmania was the
Co-operative Industrial Societies Act 1928.
state government agreed to adopt the national
Co-operatives Laws Agreement,
and replaced its earlier act with the
Co-operatives Act 1999.
Under the Australian Uniform Co-operative Laws Agreement, co-operatives in
Tasmania are now
regulated under the
Co-operatives National Law (Tasmania) Act 2015.
The following are links to Tasmanian co-operatives with websites.
ELECTRICITY, WATER and WASTE SERVICES
Waste Collection and Disposal Services
Resource Work Co-operative Society Ltd
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Betta Milk Co-operative Society Ltd
Wood Product Manufacturing
Dorset Renewable Co-operative Ltd
Residential Property Operators
Cohousing Co-operative Society Ltd
Art and Craft Outlets
Designer Crafts Co-operative Society Ltd
Source Community Wholefoods Co-operative Ltd
Hardware, Building and Rural Supplies
Yolla Producers Co-operative Society Ltd
Grocery and Liquor Wholesaling
Tasmanian Independent Retailers Co-operative Society Ltd
Business and Professional Association Services
RPH Australia Co-operative Ltd
1. Bulletin on Co-operatives National Law, Office of Consumer Affairs & Fair
Trading, Tasmania 2012.
2. Gary Lewis, The Democracy Principle: Farmer Co-operatives in Twentieth
Century Australia, 2006.