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.
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.
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.
Today, co-operatives in Tasmania are involved in a range of economic and social
activities. There are around 10
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.
Residential Property Operators
Cohousing Co-operative Society Ltd
Art and Craft Outlets
Designer Crafts Co-operative Society Ltd
Resource Work Co-operative Society Ltd
Source Community Wholefoods Co-operative Ltd
Grocery and Liquor Wholesaling
Tasmanian Independent Retailers 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.