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Top 20 Australian Co-operatives

Australian co-operatives range in size from small not-for-profit organisations with 5 members to multi-million dollar commercial enterprises serving national and international markets.

The following is a list of the top 20 co-operatives registered under Australian co-operatives law and is sourced from the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutual's 2019 National Mutual Economy Report.

The list is dominated by co-ops in the wholesale [12] and retail [4] trade industries. Co-operatives engaged in wholesale trade include eight which market agricultural products and seafood, and four in other goods wholesaling. Three co-ops manufacture agricultural products and one provides child care services to Victoria's aboriginal community.

NSW has the most co-operatives in the top 20 [12], followed by South Australia [4], Victoria [1] and Western Australia [3].

Top 20 Australian Co-operatives by Annual Turnover FY2017-2018

$1billion+
$1b - $500m
$500m - $100m
$100m - $50m
$50m - $30m

Rank
Name of Co-operative Industry State
1
Co-operative Bulk Handling Ltd Wholesale WA
2
Norco Co-operative Ltd Manufacturing NSW
3
Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative Ltd Wholesale WA
4
Western Australian Meat Marketing Co-operative Ltd Wholesale WA
5
Independent Liquor Group Distribution Co-operative Ltd Wholesale NSW
6
Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd Manufacturing NSW
7
Independent Liquor Group (Suppliers) Co-operative Ltd Wholesale NSW
8
University Co-operative Bookshop Ltd ^ Retail NSW
9
Plumbers Supplies Co-operative Ltd Wholesale NSW
10
Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative Ltd Wholesale NSW
11
Oz Group Co-op Ltd Wholesale NSW
12
New South Wales Sugar Milling Co-operative Ltd Manufacturing NSW
13
Hastings Co-operative Ltd Retail NSW
14
Yenda Producers Co-operative Society Ltd Retail NSW
15
Rapid Group Co-operative Ltd Wholesale NSW
16
CCW Co-operative Ltd Wholesale SA
17
Master Butchers Co-operative Ltd Wholesale SA
18
The Community Co-operative Store (Nuriootpa) Ltd Retail SA
19
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-operative Ltd Child Care Vic
20
Lenswood Coolstores Co-operative Society Ltd Wholesale SA
^ University Co-operative Bookshop went into voluntary administration in late 2019 and was sold to Booktopia.

Top 20 Australian
Co-operatives

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Accommodation & Food Services
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