Online tool launched to help farmers start co-operatives
A new online tool has launched to help guide Australian farmers on how to start a co-operative.
The tool is operated by the Australian Federal Government’s Farming Together resource for primary producers. Since it first launched a month ago, 70 new agriculture co-operatives have used the tool to help establish themselves.
Lorraine Gordan, Project Director of Farming Together, said many do not realise how simple it is to form a co-operative.
“A co-op structure has so many benefits – including tax benefits,” Gordan said.
“They traditionally underpin equipment and infrastructure to value-add primary production. And we are seeing a growing appetite for co-operative marketing structures,” she said.
The co-operative building tool provides assistance on putting together registration paperwork, writing constitutions and links to other resources.
The tool can be accessed here.