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.

ProfJohnstonBirchallA new publication by Professor Johnston Birchall of Stirling University presents a more balanced view of the current situation in the co-operative movement and the governance of large co-operative businesses.

Johnston, who has been an academic studying the co-operative movement globally for many years, says in his introduction:

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humankindindexLast year, Oxfam Scotland came up with the Oxfam Humankind Index, a new way of measuring what makes a good life. The aim of the index is to assess Scotland’s prosperity through a holistic and more representative measure of progress, that goes beyond the dominant economic model, which relies on Gross Domestic Product as the main indicator. So Oxfam Scotland set off to find out what things really matter to the people of Scotland. This might include their social relations, their health and skills, their physical environment and natural context, and their financial assets.

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CarolLacrioxLacroix, Carol (2007) The politics of need accounting for (dis)advantage: public housing co-operatives in Western Australia. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.


Concerns about the nature of poverty and how to achieve equitable resource distribution are rife in Australia where, as elsewhere, welfare resources are becoming increasingly scarce. At the heart of these concerns are questions about access: in particular, how to ensure that the least affluent are able to access the resources they require. At the same time, there is a growing sense that cultural as well as social factors are central to patterns of unequal distribution, especially in a neo-liberal context where there is a deregulation of social and economic structures, and a shift to consumption or lifestyle capitalism.

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breakingthroughtheaffordabilityceilingpaperSEHC General Manager Ian McLaren attended a National Housing Affordability Roundtable on Tuesday 25 February 2014 at the RACV City Club, Melbourne.

The roundtable was organised by the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals and sponsored by bankmecu and Common Equity Housing Limited.

A briefing document was prepared for the rountable -  Breaking Through the Affordability Ceiling.

The briefing paper refers to rental housing but notes: The major downsides of renting are that renters do not enjoy long term security with tenure at the call of the owner." There is no acknowledgement that in Victoria there are 128 rental housing co-operatives with 2517 properties housing over 6000 people and with a combined turnover of over $15 million.

Read Breaking Through the Affordability Ceiling.

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals has made a submission to the National Commission of Audit that sets out the case for an expanding public service role for co-operative and mutuals in order to deliver on the cost, accountability and efficiency objectives of the audit pursuant to the following areas of interest:



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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