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The co-operative sector in Tasmania consisted of 28 co-operatives (excluding financial mutuals) in 2012. 1

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. 2

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 distributing co-operatives 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. In 1996, the 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.

LINKS INDEX

  Electricity, Water and Waste Services   Retail Trade
  Manufacturing   Wholesale Trade
  Real Estate Services   Other Services

ELECTRICITY, WATER and WASTE SERVICES

Waste Collection and Disposal Services

Resource Work Co-operative Society Ltd

MANUFACTURING

Dairy Product Manufacturing

Betta Milk Co-operative Society Ltd

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

Residential Property Operators (Housing co-operatives)

Cohousing Co-operative Society Ltd

RETAIL TRADE

Art and Craft Outlets

Designer Crafts Co-operative Society Ltd

Food Retailing

Source Community Wholefoods Co-operative Ltd

Hardware, Building and Rural Supplies

Yolla Producers Co-operative Society Ltd

WHOLESALE TRADE

Grocery and Liquor Wholesaling

Tasmanian Independent Retailers Co-operative Society Ltd

OTHER SERVICES

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.
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