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.

covercoopsworldA housing co-operative is a housing business that is a consumer co-operative mutually owned by its members, which complies with the International Co-operative Alliance’s (ICA) Statement of Co-operative Identity and operates in accordance with the ICA’s Co-operative Principles and Values. There are different co-operative housing models in different countries, but what characterises housing co-operatives compared to other housing providers is that they are jointly owned and democratically controlled by their members, according to the principle of “one person, one vote”. This has clear implications for the way they operate compared to other actors on the housing market. Co-operatives benefit not only their members but also the wider public interest.

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Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr has told a United Nations Development Co-operation Forum that co-operatives are the only way to succeed in delivering effective development aid. The Forum was hosted by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 5 July 2012 in the run up to the International Co-operative Day on 7 July 2012. Minister Carr said support for co-operatives was important because it created new markets and new business opportunities where they had been destroyed by famine or conflict. Read the IYC Secretariat news release on the Foreign Minister's comments.



Rio declaration acknowledges co-operatives

Rio+20 document affirms that co-operatives are key for sustainable development

Friday, 22 June 2012

Today the co-operative movement made history with nations’ signing the Rio+20 document which included a strong affirmation that co-operatives are important for agricultural development, jobs and for social development and poverty reduction.

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Co-operatives Australia, the national body for co-operative businesses around Australia, welcomes passage of the Co-operatives National Law through the NSW parliament.

“The legislation has responded to concerns raised about inconsistencies between co-operative legislation from State to State and Australian Territories.”

“State Federations have been working with their respective Registrar of Co-operatives, and nationally through Co-operatives Australia, over a number of years to get to this point which represents the start of a modernisation program for Australia’s co-operative sector”, said Tony O’Shea, Co-operatives Australia Chairman and spokesman for State Federation members.

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The 2012 National Housing Co-operative Conference was recently held on 8 March 2012 at Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria  to celebrate that housing is just the beginning and that housing co-operatives have achieved so much more than that.

CEHL and SouthEast Housing Co-perative Ltd  partnered with bankmecu to create an opportunity for housing co-op members from around Australia to come together to share their stories, celebrate their triumphs and mark that 2012 is the International Year of Co-operatives. It was the biggest IYC 2012 conference held to date.

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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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