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.

myunaducks4On 14 April 2013 there was a SouthEast outing at Myuna Farm—a public community farm in the south east area of Melbourne. Eleven adult members and eleven children attended, mainly over 10 years of age and heading into or just starting their early teens. Others  that attended  included the SouthEast General Manager Ian McLaren and Tenancy Officer Joy Haines and two were non coop persons - one of whom was Steven Grange, Business Development Manager,  First Option Credit Union. 

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icahousinggoodgovernance charter 001ICA housing has released A Good Governance Charter for Housing Co-operatives. The Charter provides and explains 10 principoles:

1. We uphold the international co-operative principles.

2. We act with honesty and in good faith, placing the interests of the co-operative before all others.

3. We exercise care, skill and diligence in carrying out our duties.

4. We act fairly, making decisions without bias or favouritism.

5. We foster democracy within our co-operative.

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Cooperators2Co-operators was published by the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd in October 2012. Copies were distributed to all participants in the Australian National Co-operative Conference, 24-25 October 2012.

Co-operators is what it is – a collection of contributions by members and staff writing about their experiences of co-operation and co-operatives. Without co-operators there are no co-operatives. Co-operatives are a viable successful alternative to public and private enterprise - throughout the world there nearly one billion member-owners of 1.4 million co-operatives employing 100 million people. Most of the contributors are involved with housing co-operatives – the biggest grouping of co-operatives in the Australian state of Victoria with 120 co-operatives and over 6000 members. The contributors share a passionate commitment to the values and philosophy of co-operation. The basis for this passion lies in member user ownership and control of co-operatives. Read the passion about the co-operative way – and think about your own dreams and ask yourself: why not? Read the Co-operators flyer.

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Co-operatives Victoria has organised a Beyond 2012 Workshop 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, 27 September 2012, German Club Tivoli, 291 Dandenong Road, Windsor 3181. The event is also sponsored by the Australian IYC Secretariat as a Big Co-op Conversation, First Option Credit Union and the Cardijn Community Australia.

The workshop will commence with two brief introductory addresses by Paul Flowers, Chairman of The Co-operative Banking Group in the UK and Melina Morrison, director of Australia's Secretariat for the UN international Year of Co-operatives.

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shirleymarcio2On the 29 August 2012 a group of 30 co-operators from Brazil paid a visit to the Office of the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd.  Chairperson Shirley Faram is pictured presenting an Australian  IYC 2012 Collectable Coin to the delegation leader Marcio Zwierewicz. The visit was arranged by Co-operatives Victoria. The visiting co-operators were welcomed by SouthEast Chairperson, Shirley Faram, General Manager, Ian McLaren and the Secretary of Co-operatives Victoria, David Griffiths.

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There was a meeting of the Community Housing Federation of Victoria's (CHFV) Co-operative Housing Sector Group (COHSG) on Wednesday, 1 August 2012 at the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd.

There were 13 co-operators at the meeting representing SouthEast, CEHL, North Geelong RHC, Northcote RHC, Williamstown RHC, Eastern Suburbs RHC, United Housing RHC, West Turk RHC and staff from CHFV including the new Executive Officer Lesley Dredge.

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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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