Co-op manualBackground reading
Co-operative enterprises provide the organisational means … for humanity to create productive employment, overcome poverty and achieve social integration” Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
Farming Together supports a range of business models including the co-operative, which is a highly sustainable and collaborative structure. This manual provides valuable background for anyone interested in joining or starting a co-op, or for existing co-op managers. In partnership with Co-ops NSW, Farming Together launched a paper version of this second edition at our 2017 National Forum and we are proud to have enabled this resource to be available online.
1: Understanding Co-operatives
2: Forming a Co-operative
- Is a co-operative model best for you?
- Is a co-operative model best for your business?
- The first steps
- What is your product or service?
- What type of structure do you need?
- Who will be the members?
- What capital and finance can you get?
- Meeting the people – initial meetings
- Can it work? The Feasibility Study and Business Plan
- Making the rules
- Drafting the disclosure statement
- Meeting the members – formation meeting
- Who are the other stakeholders?
- More on registrations – and the tax man
Appendix A: Support and links
- Co-operative peak bodies and development assistance
- State and Territory Registrars of Co-operatives
- Australian Government
- Other co-operative resources and sector peak bodies
- International co-operative development information