The Co-operative Federation of NSW 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.
The Co-operative Federation of NSW:
- represents and assists co-operatives and like entities in their relationships with government;
- facilitates and provides assistance and services, including the Co-operatives Conference every 18 months;
- promotes public awareness and understanding of the significance of co-operative structures;
- promotes the exchange of information amongst co-operative entities; and
- works with other co-operative organisations interstate and internationally.
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.
The Federation was established by NSW co-operatives to advocate for the co-operative sector; raise public awareness; provide education, resources and networking opportunities; and maintain links with other organisations, both interstate and internationally.
The Co-operative Federation of NSW has a voluntary Board of Directors, including representatives of distributing (commercial) and non-distributing (not-for-profit) organisations. The Federation is currently undergoing a reorganisation, but at present enquiries are being handled by phone and email.
Many NSW co-operatives are members of the Federation, and they and non-members are active in training and networking activities. We are very grateful to those co-operatives who provide additional assistance such as meeting rooms, hospitality and sponsorship for events. Working together, we can achieve a lot more.
In 2005, the Federation changed its Rules to invite a wider set of organisations to join. In addition to groups incorporated under the NSW Co-operatives Act, we now welcome those associations and companies whose objectives are in line with the International Co-operative Principles, and also those co-operatives registered in other States that are active in NSW and wish to support the Federation's work.