While we have endeavoured to provide as much information as possible to assist members of new and established co-operatives, this manual does not contain all the information needed to establish and operate a co-operative. The contents of this manual are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.

While all due care has been taken, the contributors and Co-ops NSW do not give any representation or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, currency or reliability of the information contained in this manual, and do not accept:

  1. any responsibility arising in any way for errors or omissions in this manual or for any lack of accuracy, completeness, currency or reliability of this manual;
  2. any liability for any loss or damage suffered or incurred by the reader or any other person as a result of, or arising from, that person placing any reliance on this manual or its accuracy, completeness, currency or reliability.

Statements made in this manual have been made in good faith and have been obtained from information believed to be reliable as at May 2017. While all care has been taken, this manual could contain inaccuracies, typographical errors and out-of-date information. In no event shall the contributors or Co-ops NSW be liable for special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages resulting from or related to the use of this manual.

None of the parties referred to above or their respective officers and advisers accept any responsibility to inform recipients of this manual, or part of it, of any matter coming to their notice which could affect information in this manual.

This manual provides a basic guide to the CNL, and is intended to be useful in making the structure, rules and operations of new and existing co-operatives comply with this legislation. It is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the CNL. In all cases where there is a variation between the wording in this manual and the wording in the CNL, the wording of the CNL applies.

Each jurisdiction that adopts the CNL will do so with specific application and modifications or under alternative consistent legislation. Persons interested in the legislation as it applies in those jurisdictions should access the relevant legislative database for that jurisdiction. If you are unsure of how the law or regulations apply, we encourage you to seek assistance from the Registrar of Co-operatives in your jurisdiction or obtain independent legal advice.