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CEO Welcome

Welcome to the Co-op, Australia's largest Co-operative and largest Member-owned retailer.


Thorsten Wichtendahl - CEOWe are an Australian-owned, membership-based organisation, dedicated to making uni life more affordable and stress free for students everywhere.

We are continually striving to better understand our Members, so that we can improve the Co-op’s product offering and deliver exactly what you need to succeed at university and beyond.

It is our aim to provide the most relevant range of products, services and learning resources for our Members at the best possible prices. So, whether it’s textbooks, professional development titles, study guides or books for leisure, the Co-op has the titles you need. You’ll also find an extensive range of tech, stationery, pop culture memorabilia, backpacks, university-branded clothing and graduation gifts, games and other giftware, and more. Members can even add a one-year ISIC membership to their Co-op Membership for an additional $15 and save on flights, accommodation, restaurants, clothes, movies, entertainment around the world.

We are your partner in achieving savings and value, and whether you shop online or at one of our 64+ locations around Australia, you will be cared for by experienced and committed team members who aim to deliver the best in customer service and assistance to our Members. In recent years, we have returned millions to our Members through discounted Member pricing, scholarships and support for university campus activities and organisations through sponsorships and donations. 

Thank you for your support – we really value the input of Members, customers and staff. We are committed to the continuous improvement of our customer experience, Member services, retail stores, new products and our website. We constantly think about how to provide you with more value in your Membership and I would encourage you to email me directly with suggestions for improvement and new ideas.

Thorsten Wichtendahl | CEO