Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander co-ops

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander co-operatives deliver a wide range of services holistically. They variously provide medical services, community services, housing, arts and cultural services, child care, aged care, education and financial assistance. By integrating services they are able to adopt an all-encompassing approach to serve community needs.

Indigenous co-operatives…

  • Deliver a wide range of services holistically
  • Help to address unique challenges
  • Operate in the interests of the wider community

Deliver a wide range of services holistically

ATSI co-operatives deliver a wide range of services holistically. They variously provide medical services, community services, housing, arts and cultural services, child care, aged care, education and financial assistance. By integrating services they are able to adopt an all-encompassing approach to serve community needs.

Help to address unique challenges

ATSI co-operatives are particularly well placed to address specific challenges such as local capability building and local self-determination issues. They are uniquely well placed to do so because of their co-operative structure.

Operate in the interests of the wider community

ATSI co-operatives are motivated to achieve income and opportunity not only for themselves, but for their whole community. Beyond serving their members, they generate significant social capital.

Co-operative examples

Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Redfern Logo

Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Redfern

The Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative in Redfern provides culturally appropriate health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in central NSW. The Aboriginal Medical Service in...
Established Year: 1971
Tranby logo

Tranby

Tranby is Australia’s oldest not-for-profit independent Indigenous education provider. Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training (‘Tranby’) is located in Glebe, Sydney. The...
Established Year: 1957
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) is an Aboriginal community controlled organisation operating Statewide in Victoria, providing community justice services and legal practice services to all in...
Established Year: 1973