THE Rural Woman Cooperative Ltd

Membership Registration

We are delighted you want to join as a Member of THE Rural Woman Cooperative Ltd – which means you believe in the advancement of rural women and girls!

Together we are creating a visionary Co-op enabling the connection of rural women and assisting them to improve their wellbeing, agency and/or financial security, through education, training, networking, mentoring, and financial opportunities.

THE Rural Woman Cooperative delivers a number of products and services that support the advancement of rural women and girls and help us support the achievement of a number of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

As a Member you will receive benefits related to these products and services as well as being given many opportunities to contribute to the governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

THE Rural Woman Cooperative
FAQ (Click Here)

Who can join THE Rural Woman Cooperative?

To be eligible for membership you either need to be a woman living in a rural or regional location OR you want to contribute to the connection of  rural women through financial support, mentoring, coaching, networking, or group facilitation.

Do you have to be a rural women to join THE Rural Woman Cooperative?

No. If you align with our mission – for the advancement of rural women and girls, you can join the Coop. 

You can identify as a woman or a man or non-binary or you can live in an urban or rural environment.

Can organisations join the THE Rural Woman Cooperative or only individuals?

Members of THE RW Cooperative must be individuals. If an organisation or business wants to join the Coop, they can, but it must be in the name of an Individual. We often partner and collaborate with organisations and businesses of like-mission, if that is you please complete the form HERE and we look forward to connecting with you.

What is the cost of joining THE Rural Woman Cooperative?

There is a one off joining fee of $44 inc gst which will be paid when you join (and never again)

Annual Membership of THE RW Cooperative is $99 inc gst

As THE Rural Woman Cooperative Member what 'rights' do I have?

  • The right to attend and be heard at general meetings
  • The right to vote at general meetings, including the right to vote on special resolutions
  • Eligibility to nominate as a director

As THE Rural Woman Cooperative Member what ‘responsibilities’ do I have?

  • To pay the regular subscription fee each year
  • To actively support the mission of the Coop and it’s primary activity which is  to enable the connection of rural women and assisting them to improve their wellbeing, agency and/or financial security, through education, training, networking, mentoring, and financial opportunities

What benefits does THE Rural Woman Cooperative provide to Members?

There are many benefits to joining THE RW Coop including:

  • Subsidies and discounts on products and services as determined by the Coop
  • Access to TRW Connect, an online video based networking + mentoring platform (powered by Kintell) making it easy to get support from within our Coop network
  • If you are a rural woman you will gain special access to our online Community, with opportunities for discounted fees for courses, events, programs and other networking activity
  • Equal voting rights at the AGM for Members – Membership = 1 vote
  • Eligible to elect or nominate members of the Board
  • Eligible to stand on the Board Directors
  • Opportunities to be involved and contribute to THE RW strategy and advocacy through Sub Committees
  • Invitations to special Member only events and activities and opportunities for collaboration
  • Member newsletters

What are the main benefits of THE Rural Woman Cooperative for TRW?

THE Rural Woman was founded as a Company (2014), but it was always the Founder’s intention for the enterprise to be owned by the community it served (Member owned). 

In 2019 the process began of a transition from a Company to a Cooperative. The main benefits for THE Rural Woman in being a Cooperative is the collective decision making that shared ownership enables and that any value and profit generated by the enterprises activity will be used to provide subsidies and support or investment into things that are important to the Members of THE RW Cooperative. Research on THE Rural Woman, undertaken by UNE Business School in 2020, also identified strongly that our members felt the Company structure was a limiting feature of the enterprise and that another model would serve better. 

As a ‘non-distributing’ Coop, THE Rural Woman’s generated wealth (profit) cannot be distributed to members, but can be shared as subsidies or benefits made available to Members (which can be decided by Members through representation to the Board). As a Coop THE Rural Woman has a Board of Management that is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the enterprise and this Board is elected by the Members of the Coop. This provides a collective voice and diverse representation in the strategy of the enterprise.  

As THE Rural Woman Cooperative member do I get to vote?

Current financial Members of THE RW Cooperative do get a vote. Each year there will be an Annual General Meeting which you will be invited to and you will be invited to any special general meetings called throughout the year. 

Each Member has 1 vote. 

Are there different levels of membership in THE Rural Woman Cooperative?

In the interest of simplicity and cooperativism – there is just 1 level of Membership in the Cooperative – Member!

However, there are other ways you can get involved in the work of the Cooperative through our products and services and we encourage you to connect with them. If you are a Rural Woman please join our free community HERE  (this is a female only space) or check out more information www.theruralwoman.com and look at the ‘services’ menu! 

As a Lifetime Member of the TRW is there further cost to me to join THE Rural Woman Cooperative?

If you are one of our 41 Lifetime Members of THE Rural Woman you will need to join THE RW Coop. However we will be waiving your Joining fee, so you will just pay the $99inc gst Membership fee (annual). Your Lifetime Membership gives you FREE (and lifetime) access to our platforms and community and the BLOOM CPPD Program.

Please note, there are no more Lifetime Memberships available (2021)

I see THE Rural Woman Cooperative is based in Australia - do I have to be Australian to join?

We are proudly Australian – but we are very welcoming to people from all across the globe to join as Members. We love to #livelocalgrowglobal and want to see the advancement of rural women and girls around the world!

Membership of THE Rural Woman Cooperative is for INDIVIDUAL’s only. If you are an organisation and want to collaborate with us please click HERE and complete details so we can connect.

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Please complete your details below and we look forward to welcoming you to THE Rural Woman Cooperative