As a registered Cooperative, Kanjini is legally obligated to be governed by a set of Rules.
The Office of Fair Trading, Department of Employment, Economic Development & Innovation in Queensland, has provided us with a set of Model Rules.
Through many group discussions we have amended these model rules to fit our vision.
In cooperation with the Office of Fair Trading we then further amended the draft rules to ensure they are in accordance with the Cooperatives Act (~1.7Mb) and still allow us to realise our Vision.
Kanjini Co-Op has a policy of transparency so we happily provide this final version (pdf file 275Kb). Any additions and changes that we have made to the Model Rules for Trading Cooperatives are marked in colour for convenient comparison.
These rules have been unanimously adopted by the members of Kanjini Co-Op during our formation meeting on 20.09.2009.
They were also formally approved by the Office of Fair Trading.
Here are our Kanjini Co-Op Rules (large file! - 4.5Mb) with the stamps of approval by the Queensland Registrar of Cooperatives on every page.
Some people have told us that it is not good to have too many rules.
The reason that we have spent so much time writing our rules is because the model rules are pretty much the absolute minimum any Cooperative can have, but they did not suit us as they were.
As you can see in the final version (pdf file 275Kb) showing our additions and changes, our rules are about the same size as the model rules.
We believe because we have spent so much time to change the model rules, Kanjini Co-Op will be more transparent, fairer and more suited to our purposes.
We are confident that these rules provide us with a solid set of tools to pool our assets, cooperate, solve any internal conflicts, share the land and advance our vision.