National launch of the International Year of Co-operatives

The proposed Co-operatives National Law will replace separate co-operatives legislation in each state and territory with a single national law.

Under the Australian Uniform Co-operative Laws Agreement, NSW is the host jurisdiction for the proposed national uniform template legislation, known as the Co-operatives National Law.

The Australian national launch of the United Nations’ declared International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) took place at Parliament House, Canberra on 22 November 2011.

The NSW Government was invited to speak at the national launch by the Australian IYC Secretariat.

The subject of the speech was the NSW Government’s host role in the passage of the proposed Co-operatives National Law through the NSW Parliament in 2012.

The NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading delivered the speech on behalf of the NSW Minister for Fair Trading, which covered:

  • clarification that the laws apply to 'general co-operatives'
  • co-operatives sector overview
  • Australian Uniform Co-operative Laws Agreement, Co-operatives National Law and the NSW Host Role
  • what the National Law reforms will mean for co-operatives
  • working towards the 2012 implementation of the Co-operatives National Law.

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Bob Debus AM, Patron
Bob Debus AM, Patron IYC 2012
"People are looking for institutions they can trust. However [co-ops] strength is not only financial, it is ethical. Co-operatives are social businesses."

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