Resource Work Cooperative


Resource Work Cooperative is a not-for-profit, self-funding worker’s cooperative based in Hobart, Tasmania. Founded in 1993, we are the largest Workers Cooperative in Australia, employing 32 local Tasmanians. We can supply materials for your next renovation or art project, pick up your reusable goods for free or even sustainably deconstruct entire buildings!

We have three main objectives that drive our work:

  • To create employment
  • To minimise waste
  • To promote waste minimisation in the community

We have been running since 1993 and operate a host of landfill reduction initiatives including:

  • South Hobart Tip Shop (salvage from landfill)
  • Deconstruction Service
  • Ewaste Recycling Onsite
  • Community "Pick Up" Service - Goods collection Monday + Tuesday
  • Urban Salvage Service
  • Arts Parts Shop
  • In-school Education Programs
  • Re-use Workshops Onsite
  • Annual Art From Trash Exhibition

We also encourage visits by schools and community groups, run stalls at events such as the Sustainable Living Festival, Garage Sale Trail and run workshops for schools and community groups.

Where does our income go?

  • Employment expenses (80% of income)
  • Insurance
  • Rent
  • Truck and Forklift maintenance
  • Art From Trash Exhibition
  • Electricity
  • Charity

Resource is self-governed and self-funded. This means that the business belongs to the people who you see working at the Tip Shop.  Our workers also volunteer their spare time to attend monthly to general meetings and these meetings decide the running of the cooperative.  We practice consensus decision making. 


Resource committed to all-gender inclusivity in our shop and workplace.  We welcome diversity and welcome any feedback for improvements.

Resource Work Cooperative acknowledges that the Muwinina people of the South East Aboriginal nation were the traditional and original owners of this land. We pay our respects to today’s traditional owners, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, the palawa people, and to Elders past and present.