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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.
  • full member of BCCM (Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals), the Co-operative Federation represents small Co-operatives at National Peak Body Level


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.

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.