Supporting, representing and promoting co-operatives in NSW

Co-ops Manual Second Edition

On 6 June 2017, Co-ops NSW launched the updated second edition of it’s Co-operatives in Australia: A Manual. Download your copy free here.

It is the resource document for starting and running a co-operative in Australia.

The manual is designed to assist anyone who wants to be or is involved in co-operative enterprise in Australia, while also being aimed at increasing the broader understanding of co-operatives.

Download document.

Hopsters Co-op Brewery

hopstersBreweryHopsters is the first brewery in Australia established under the Co-operative Principles. 

It is a place to meet like-minded craft beer lovers who share a similar commitment to sustainability, community, innovation, and education.  They have plans for members to directly participate in the beers that carry the Hopsters name by voting on styles, submitting recipes (hello, homebrewers!), and judging our continuing series of homebrew competitions.

All this, plus, as a distributing co-op, subject to sufficient profitable financial performance and cash flow, profits payable based on your shares holding.  Read about their launch.

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About Us

The Federation is the peak representative body for co-operatives in New South Wales.

A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations, through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.

If your organisation works in accordance with co-operative principles, please consider joining the Federation, so that we can strengthen the co-operative sector, to the benefit of everyone.

  • Represent and assist co-operatives and like entities in their relations with government

  • Facilitate or provide advice and services to co-operatives and like entities

  • Improve awareness and understanding of the extent and significance of co-operatives

  • Promote the exchange of information among co-operatives and like entities

  • Maintain links with co-operative organisations, both interstate and internationally