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Tasmanian Co-operatives
The co-operative sector in Tasmania consisted of 28 co-operatives (excluding financial mutuals) in 2012, comprising 1.6% of the total number of co-operatives in Australia. 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

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.

Today, co-operatives in Tasmania are involved in a range of economic and social activities. There are around 10 distributing co-operatives in the agriculture, manufacturing, transport, retail and wholesale trade industries, and 19 non distributing co-operatives in the accommodation and hospitality, arts and recreation, and housing industries.

The following are links to Tasmanian co-operatives with websites.

LINKS INDEX

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

ELECTRICITY, WATER and WASTE SERVICES

Waste Collection and Disposal Services

Resource Work 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

WHOLESALE TRADE

Grocery and Liquor Wholesaling

Tasmanian Independent Retailers Co-operative Society Ltd

OTHER SERVICES

Business and Professional Association Services

Registered Clubs' of Tasmania Association Co-operative Society 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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CO-OPS by INDUSTRY

Accommodation & Food Services
 
Administration & Support Services
 
Agriculture and Fishing
 
Arts and Recreation
 
Education and Training
 
Electricity, Water & Waste Services
 
Financial Services
 
Health Care & Social Assistance
 
Information and Media
 
Manufacturing
 
Professional & Technical Services
 
Real Estate Services
 
Retail Trade
 
Transport
 
Wholesale Trade
 
Other Services


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