Australian Co-operative Links
Co-operative Development Services Ltd
dot-coop is a top-level internet domain recognised worldwide to differentiate co-operatives from other forms of organisation. Register your
dot-coop domain
  Page Updated January 2017 About CDS Glossary Contact Us
Links Home
 
Links Index
 
Disclaimer
 
Co-ops A to Z
 
New Links
 
Co-op Regulators
 
Co-ops Worldwide

CO-OPS by STATE

National Co-operatives
 
New South Wales & ACT
 
Queensland
 
South Australia & NT
 
Tasmania
 
Victoria
 
Western Australia


Victorian Co-operatives

The co-operative sector in Victoria consisted of 685 co-operatives (excluding financial mutuals) at 1 January 2013. 1

Co-operatives began to appear in Victoria in the 1860's. The first known consumer owned co-operative store in the state was formed in 1863. Retail co-operatives spread throughout Victoria in following years. Agricultural co-operatives first appeared in the late 1880's among dairy farmers in western Victoria, and by the early 20th century, co-operatives operated in a wide range of agricultural industries. 2

The first specific legislation for co-operatives in Victoria was the Co-operation Act 1953. Most co-operatives formed before 1953 remained under the state's companies law or the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1928. The 1953 act was followed by the Co-operation Act 1958 and the Co-operation Act 1981.

In 1997, the Victorian Government enacted the Co-operatives Act 1996 after extensive consultation with the co-operative sector. The Victorian legislation became the model for co-operatives law around Australia and formed the basis of the 1996 Co-operatives Laws Agreement between State and Territory Governments.

Today, co-operatives in Victoria are involved in a wide range of economic and social activities. There are over 100 distributing co-operatives in the agricultural, electricity, fishing, forestry, retail, transport, water and wholesale trade industries, and more than 580 non distributing co-operatives in the accommodation and hospitality, arts and recreation, education and training, health care, housing, media and social services industries.

The following are links to Victorian 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   Information and Media
  Agriculture and Fishing   Interest Groups
  Arts and Recreation   Manufacturing
  Business Services   Real Estate Services
  Education and Training   Retail Trade
  Electricity and Water   Transport
  Health Care and Social Assistance   Wholesale Trade

ACCOMMODATION and FOOD SERVICES

Holiday Parks

Jubilee Lake Co-operative Ltd

Retreats

Rimstone Co-operative Ltd

Ski Lodges

Australian Alpine Club (Dinner Plain) Co-operative Ltd
B'Rush Ski Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Hotham)
Blue Eyes Ski Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Buller)
Chorki Co-operative Society Ltd   (Falls Creek)
E.D. Ski Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Baw Baw)
Eiger Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Hotham)
Falls Creek Co-operative Society Ltd
Gravbrot Ski Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Hotham)
Kalyna Ski Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Hotham)
Merrijig Ski Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Buller)
Mt. Hotham Marouka Ski Club Co-operative Ltd
Oldina Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Buller, Falls Creek)
Pegasus Alpine Ski Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Hotham)
Preston Ski Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Buller)
Ski-Lib Alpine Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Buller, Falls Creek)
The Lodge Ski Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Hotham)
Valhalla Ski Club Co-operative Ltd   (Mt. Hotham)

AGRICULTURE and FISHING

Agricultural Support Services

Demodairy Co-operative Ltd
Genetics Australia Co-operative Ltd
Herd Improvement Co-operative Australia Ltd
Macalister Research Farm Co-operative Ltd
Northern Herd Development Co-operative Ltd
Terang & District Co-operative Ltd

Commodity Marketing

  Agricultural Products and Seafood Wholesaling

Food Processing

  Food Product Manufacturing

Inputs Supplies

  Hardware, Building and Rural Supplies

Fishing Support Services

Lakes Entrance Fishermen's Co-operative Society Ltd
San Remo Fisherman's Co-operative Ltd

ARTS and RECREATION

Aboriginal Culture

Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Bangerang Cultural Centre Co-operative Ltd
Brambuk Living Cultural Centre Co-operative Ltd
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Ilbijerri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative Ltd
Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Ngwala Willumbong Co-operative Ltd
Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd

Artist's Studios and Support

Artery Co-operative Ltd
Daylesford Region Ceramics Co-operative Ltd

Clubs

Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron Co-operative Ltd
Down To Earth (Vic) Co-operative Society Ltd
Fairfield Canoe Club Co-operative Ltd
Southern Obedience Dog Club Co-operative Ltd

Music and Theatre Production

Melbourne Jazz Co-operative Ltd
Swan Hill Theatre Group Co-operative Ltd

Sporting Facilities

Bendigo Squash Centre Co-operative Ltd

BUSINESS SERVICES

Business Support

Community Work Society Co-operative Ltd
Ethical Advisers' Co-operative Ltd
Legal Service Bulletin Co-operative Ltd
The Australian Share Traders Co-operative Ltd

Buying and Marketing Groups

Australian Travel Agents Co-operative Ltd
Tint King Australia Co-operative Ltd
Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Co-operative Ltd
Water Pro's Co-operative Ltd

Shared Services

ArchiTeam Co-operative Ltd
Co-operative Development Services Ltd

EDUCATION and TRAINING

Adult, Community and Other Education

Brunswick Neighbourhood House Co-operative Ltd
Commonground Co-operative Ltd
Mountain District Women's Co-operative Ltd
Outlets Co-operative Neighbourhood House Ltd
Sandy Beach Community Co-operative Society Ltd

School Education

Fitzroy Community School Co-operative Ltd
Learning Co-operative Ltd
Mount Carmel Christian School Co-operative Ltd
Urban Camp Melbourne Co-operative Ltd

Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Camp Jungai Co-operative Ltd
Open Channel Co-operative Ltd
The Borderlands Co-operative Ltd

ELECTRICITY and WATER

Electricity Generation

Hepburn Community Wind Park Co-operative Ltd

Energy Related Services

Energy Innovation Co-operative Ltd
Ranges Energy Co-operative Ltd

HEALTH CARE and SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

Aboriginal Services

Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Budga Budga Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Camp Jungai Co-operative Ltd
Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd
Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation (MAYSAR) Co-operative Ltd
Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Ngwala Willumbong Co-operative Ltd
Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-operative Ltd
Victorian Aboriginal Health Services Co-operative Ltd
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Ltd
Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
Yappera Children's Service Co-operative Ltd

Child Care Services

Bentleigh Early Child Education Co-operative Ltd
Castlemaine Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Clifton Childcare Co-operative Ltd
Dawson Street Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Deakin & Community Childcare Co-operative Ltd
East Melbourne Childcare Co-operative Ltd
Eltham Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Eltham Woods Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Fawkner Park Children's Centre Co-operative Ltd
Flemington Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Ivanhoe Children's Community Co-operative Ltd
John Street Community Early Childhood Co-operative Ltd
Kensington Community Children's Co-operative Ltd
Malvern Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Melbourne University Family Club Co-operative Ltd
Meruka Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Monash Children's Centre (Clayton) Co-operative Ltd
Monash Community Family Co-operative Ltd
Moreland Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd
North Fitzroy Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Numdaji Kwei Children's Centre Co-operative Ltd
Outlets Co-operative Neighbourhood House Ltd
Park Street Childcare and Kindergarten Co-operative Ltd
Sandy Beach Community Co-operative Society Ltd
Swinburne Prahran Community Children's Centre Co-operative Ltd
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-operative Ltd
Wimble St Child Care Co-operative Ltd
Yappera Children's Service Co-operative Ltd

Aged Care and Disability Services

Sandy Beach Community Co-operative Society Ltd

Employment Services

Akademos Co-operative Ltd
Camp Jungai Co-operative Ltd

Medical and Other Health Care Services

EarthSoulScience Co-operative Ltd
Mastery Co-operative Ltd
Victorian Aboriginal Health Services Co-operative Ltd
Westgate Health Co-operative Ltd

Social Support

Brunswick Neighbourhood House Co-operative Ltd
Do Care Geelong Co-operative Ltd
Hungarian Community Co-operative Association Ltd
Mountain District Women's Co-operative Ltd
Newstead Rural Transaction Centre Trading Co-operative Ltd
Outlets Co-operative Neighbourhood House Ltd
Sandy Beach Community Co-operative Society Ltd

INFORMATION and MEDIA

FM Radio Broadcasters

Ballarat Community FM Radio Co-operative Ltd
Gippsland Community Radio Society Co-operative Ltd
Mallee Community & Educational Broadcasters Co-operative Ltd
Progressive Broadcasting Service Co-operative Ltd

Internet Services

No ISP Co-operative Ltd
Tau Ceti Co-operative Ltd

Motion Picture and Video Production

Open Channel Co-operative Ltd

Newspaper and Magazine Publishing

Australian Exhibitions and Publications Co-operative Ltd
Hopetoun Courier Co-operative Ltd

INTEREST GROUPS

Business and Professional Organisations

Business & Professional Women's Co-operative Ltd
St. Kilda Legal Service Co-operative Ltd

Conservation Groups

Kurri Kurri Co-operative Society Ltd
MEG Conservation Co-operative Ltd
Para Park Co-operative Game Reserve Ltd
Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative Ltd
Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd

Religous Organisations

John xxiii Co-operative Ltd

MANUFACTURING

Food Product Manufacturing

Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Ltd

Other Manufacturing

Earthworker Co-operative Ltd

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

Rural Settlement

Commonground Co-operative Ltd
Moonee Creek Co-operative Ltd
Moora Moora Co-operative Community Ltd
Mt. Murrindal Co-operative Ltd
Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative Ltd

Residential Property Operators (Housing co-operatives)

Dromana Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Entity Common Equity Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
North Geelong Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
Northcote Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd
South East Housing Co-operative Ltd
United Housing Co-operative Ltd
Williamstown Rental Housing Co-operative Ltd

RETAIL TRADE

Art and Craft Outlets

Daylesford Region Ceramics Co-operative Ltd
Oak Hill Community Arts Co-operative Ltd

Book Stores

Melbourne Co-operative Bookshop Group Ltd
Monash Law Book Co-operative Ltd
New International Bookshop Co-operative Ltd
Swinburne Bookshop Co-operative Ltd

Department Stores

Terang & District Co-operative Ltd

Food Retailing/Buying Groups (except Supermarket and Grocery Stores)

Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-operative Ltd
Lakes Entrance Fishermen's Co-operative Society Ltd
San Remo Fisherman's Co-operative Ltd
St. Kilda Organic Food Co-operative Ltd
Sunbury Organic Food Co-operative Ltd (Buying group)

Fuel Retailing

Ballarat Taxis Co-operative Ltd
Kaniva Community Co-operative Ltd
Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Ltd

Hardware, Building and Rural Supplies

CEPA Co-operative Ltd
Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Ltd
Terang & District Co-operative Ltd
The Tobacco and Associated Farmers Co-operative Ltd

Plant Nurseries

St. Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-operative Ltd

Supermarket and Grocery Stores

Culgoa Community Co-operative Ltd
Terang & District Co-operative Ltd

TRANSPORT

Road Passenger Transport

Ballarat Taxis Co-operative Ltd
Peninsula Radio Cabs Co-operative Society Ltd
Taxis Associated of Bendigo Co-operative Ltd

WHOLESALE TRADE

Agricultural Products Wholesaling

Organic Dairy Farmers Co-operative Ltd
Premium Chestnuts Australia Co-operative Ltd
Pyrenees Hay Processors Co-operative Ltd
Southern Quality Produce Co-operative Ltd

Seafood Wholesaling

Apollo Bay Fishermen's Co-operative Ltd
Lakes Entrance Fishermen's Co-operative Society Ltd
San Remo Fisherman's Co-operative Ltd

Other Goods Wholesaling

Australian Travel Agents Co-operative Ltd
Water Pro's Co-operative Ltd


1 Second Reading Speech, Co-operatives National Law Application Bill 2013.
2 Gary Lewis, The Democracy Principle: Farmer Co-operatives in Twentieth Century Australia, 2006.

Top 20 Australian
Co-operatives

CO-OPS by INDUSTRY

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


Copyright © Co-operative Development Services Ltd 2002-2017