Our mission is to provide affordable, secure, financially and environmentally sustainable housing for people on low incomes, primarily in the South and East of Melbourne who are committed to cooperative democracy and engagement.


The services provided by SouthEast define its reality as a housing co-op. SouthEast commits to ensuring its long term capacity to continuous improvement of all services.


Members own and control their co-op and this is the essential characteristic of SouthEast. The board represents the members best through its obligation to be representative, accountable and transparent.


SouthEast is committed to the values of cooperation, voluntary membership, democratic control, autonomy & independence, co-op education and cooperation between co-ops.

CakeThis year the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd celebrates its 15th year since being formed in 2000. Fifty six adults - including 50 members attended three social events on the 24, 25 and 26 August 2015. Each event featured a tribute to the former General Manager Ian McLaren, show bags and goodies, door prizes, a magician and a a cake. It was an opportunity for members, directors and staff to mingle and enhance community within SouthEast. At each event the Chairperson Andrea Lee welcomed members, stressed the importance of community and hoped that members would enjoy the evening. Members were asked to rate the activities across the three events and the top Excellent ratings were - The tribute to the former General Manager Ian McLaren 47 (83.93%), The Showbags and goodies, The Magician and The role of the Acting Managers in organising the event 43 (76.8%) for each and The comments of the Chairperson 41 (71.43%). Members were also asked whether or not they would attend similar social events in the future - 43 (76.79%) said yes definitely. A subsequent board meeting on the 28 August 2015 congratulated staff who contributed to the success of the events - Joy Haines, Michelle D'Rozario, Dale Carroll and David Griffiths.

LAUDATO2Pope Francis has released his first encyclical letter - Laudato Si - on Care for Our Common Home. it is a moral case for addressing climate change. Encyclicals are authoritative statements.

Chapter One What is happening to our common home considers pollution and climate change, the issue of water, the loss of biodiversity and decline in the quality of human life and the breakdown of society.

The encyclical also addresses global inequality - about little awareness of the excluded who are the majority of the planent's population. It is also noted that professionals, opinion makers, communications media and centres of power are located in affluent urban areas far removed from the poor. It is noted that inequality affects not only individuals but entire countries.

The encyclical can be downloaded at:


world co-perative monitorThe 2014 World Co-operative Monitor was officially released at the International Summit of Co-operatives on October 8th, 2014 

The main goal of the world Co-operative Monitor project is to develop a multi-dimensional database reporting on the socio-economic value and impact of co-operatives both within a global scenario and in their regional and national contexts.

The third edition of the World Co-operative Monitor has revealed that the turnover of the largest 300 co-operatives in the report over the last 3 years has grown by 11.6% to reach 2.2 trillion USD in 2012.

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quebec summitOver 3,000 people from 93 countries registered for the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives held in Quebec City from October 6 to 9. Under the overarching theme of innovation, the discussions among stakeholders and participants focused on the solutions cooperative and mutual enterprises offer in response to the challenges of food security, the employment crisis, and access to health care and services.

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RochdalePioneersMuseum3The SouthEast General Manager , Ian McLaren, has provided a brief report on his visit to housing operatives in the UK following his visit August 2014. Between 18-22 August 2014 ian visited five housing co-operatives - Edward Henry Co-operative (london), CDS Co-operative (London), New Cut Housing Co-operative (London), Redditch Co-operative Housing (Redditch) and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (rochdale).

Housing co-operatives did not have independent directors and, indeed, it was difficult to recruit professionals to serve on boards.

All housing co-operatives struggled with member participation and regarded SEHC participation levels as admirable achievements.

All co-operatives wanted to expand through additional properties but did not know how. There were no capital grants for growth.

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The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals has released a report prepared by NetBalance – Green Paper Public Service Mutuals: the case for a Third-way for delivering public services in Australia (June 2014)

The report includes this observation: “Co-operative community housing organisations have the potential to play a significant role in addressing the lack of supply of appropriate and affordable accommodation for PWD who wish to live independently and in group homes. They have the potential to either utilise their own capital or to attract external capital.” ( p 61)

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SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd
Plaza Business Centre, the Hub, Level 3,
26 to 36 McCrae St. Dandenong 3175

Telephone: 03 9706 8005

Fax: 03 9706 8558

PO Box 7141 Dandenong Victoria 3175


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