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co-operative spirit

WHAT WE DO

Through facilitating the development of the co-operatives (co-ops) sector, the Registry of Co-operative Societies' work furthers the Ministry's mission of building social capital and making Singapore home through the promotion of active citizenship.

With inputs from the various stakeholders, the Registry updates our policies and rules periodically so as to build a robust regulatory framework for the proper governance and sound management of the co-ops. This way, Singaporeans and residents will have confidence in the co-op structure and continue to participate in the co-op movement.


Did you know?

The first co-op in Singapore was registered in 1925.

Co-operative societies

Co-operative societies, or co-ops, are membership-based enterprises that operate on the principles of self-help and mutual assistance. The members are also owners of the co-ops. Most co-ops have social missions to benefit the greater society in which they operate in.

Facts and figures

Registry of Co-operative Societies

There are currently 86 co-ops in Singapore.

Categories Number of co-ops
Consumer and services 63
Credit 23

Consumer and services co-ops provide goods and/or services to their members to meet their daily needs. Some of these co-ops have become household names, NTUC Fairprice, NTUC First Campus, NTUC Foodfare, NTUC Income. While these co-ops are business driven, they are anchored in their social mission to help Singaporeans and residents through moderating the cost of living.

Credit co-ops provide financial services (i.e. take in deposits and/or grant loans) to their members who are within a pre-existing common bond of association or community of interest. 

Annual Report on Co-operative Societies for the financial year ended 31 March 2019

Co-ops are regulated by the Registry of Co-operative Societies (“the Registry”) under the Co-operative Societies Act (Chapter 62) and Co-operative Societies Rules 2009. The Registry's functions are as follows:

  • Regulating the registration and dissolution of co-ops;

  • Regulating organisation and management of co-ops, so as to protect the interests of co-op members as a whole;

  • Supervising credit co-ops so as to promote prudence and accountability; and

  • Overseeing the custody and utilisation of the net funds from dissolved co-ops, including the repayments of moneys due to ex-members and/or creditors.

Contact us

Registry of Co-operative Societies
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
140 Hill Street, #02-00
Old Hill Street Police Station
Singapore 179369
Tel (hotline): 6337 3832
Fax: 6837 8090
Email: MCCY_regcoop@mccy.gov.sg

Operating hours
Monday - Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm
(closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)

Latest News

5 August 2020


Rental Relief Framework in view of COVID-19


The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Amendment) Act (“Act”) that was passed in Parliament on 5 June 2020 provides a rental relief framework for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This rental relief framework under Part 2A of the Act and the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Rental and Related Measures) Regulations 2020 (“Regulations”) came into force on 31 July 2020.

The framework aims to help affected SMEs who need more time and support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, by providing mandated co-sharing of rental obligations between the Government, landlords and tenants. Co-operative Societies (co-ops) that meet the same criteria applicable to SMEs will also be eligible for the rental relief. This is pursuant to the Regulations, which includes co-ops within the definition of “entities” that are eligible for the relief.

For more information on the rental relief schemes, co-ops may wish to visit https://go.gov.sg/rentalrelief.

13 May 2020


Co-ops with financial year end 31 Dec 2019 that are unable to submit the audited financial statements and annual report to the Registry by the statutory deadline of 30 June 2020 (due to delays in completing their external audit), should apply to the Registrar for a time extension.

COVID-19 Alternative Arrangements for Meetings

To facilitate the conduct of virtual general meetings by co-operatives, the “COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings for Charities, Co-operative Societies and Mutual Benefit Organisations) Order 2020” (‘Order’) was issued on 27 April 2020.

The guidelines and templates for co-operatives on the conduct of virtual general meetings were issued on 6 May 2020.

Co-ops can also refer to the presentation slides for the RCS Webinar held on 29 May 2020 and the FAQs (updated on 1 July 2020).