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.

EdinburghColonies2011 001Edinburgh's Colonies is about the formation of the Edinburgh Co-operative Building Company - 93 years of continuous history until its liquidation in 1954. The co-operative was formed in 1861 by a group of building workers determined to establish their families' independence from landlords and, instead, manage their own destinies. 

By 1881 the co-operative had built 1300 properies with 4500 residents. Eventually 2300 homes were built on 11 sites by 1914. None of the properties have been subsequently demolished. Historic Scotland has assigned listed building status to properties on two sites in Stockbridge and Dalry. While a co-operative spirit motivated the establishment of the co-operative,  its ownership was open to investors who bought stock in the co-operative - private individuals and property companies. In 1911 the owners of one-third of the properties  owned two or more properties.

Edinburgh's Colonies -  housing the workers
Richard Rodger
Argyll Publishing

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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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