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.

StevenMorrissey2After a rigorous recruitment and selection process Steven Morrissey has been appointed the new CEO of SouthEast Housing Cooperative. An electrician by trade, Steven lives in West Gippsland with his wife, their two daughters and Cruiser the dog. The family enjoys camping and fishing trips, and occasionally (very occasionally in recent times!) attending AFL matches involving Carlton.

Steven has over fifteen years of senior management experience in the not-for-profit sector, holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management, and is very much looking forward to working with the SouthEast Housing Co-op team on behalf of its members. 

SouthEast News December 2015

JANEGARRETTAll rooming house operators in Victoria will have to pass a ‘fit and proper person’ test under new Bill introduced in Parliament this week.

The Minister for Consumer Affairs Jane Garrett said the legislation would better protect vulnerable tenants by ensuring dodgy operators were not granted licences.

A rooming house is a building where one or more rooms are available to rent and has four or more tenants. Currently, there are no restrictions on who can and cannot operate a rooming house.

The Rooming House Operators Bill 2015 means all operators, new and existing, will be required to demonstrate they are a fit and proper person in order to obtain a licence.

Applicants will not be granted a licence if they have been convicted of serious crimes in the past ten years. These include offences relating to violence, dishonesty, drug trafficking, sexual or child pornography crimes.

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COAGAt its 41st meeting today (11 December 2015) in Sydney, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) focussed on reforms to drive economic growth, improve living standards and make our community safer. Leaders welcomed the Prime Minister to his first COAG.

The COAG Communique issued after the meeting noted the importance of affordable housing for Australians on low incomes and agreed that reforms to housing and homelessness services would be taken forward by relevant Ministers in the context of existing work on housing affordability. COAG will receive a report on this work at the end of 2016.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. The members of COAG are the Prime Minister, State and Territory Premiers and Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association.

For more on COAG: https://www.coag.gov.au/

AA0001The Victorian Government has released an Aboriginal Affairs Report 2014/2015 with the Hon. Natalie Hutchins, MP, Minister for Aboriginal Affaiors, stating "much needs to be improved." Homelessness is recognised because of the importance of sustainable housing. The report notes: "Census data shows that Aboriginal Victorians experience homelessness at over five times the rate of non-Aboriginal people and the Report on Government Services (ROGS) shows that Aboriginal Victorians access homelessness services at almost eight times the rate."

The Report notes that DHHS administrative data indicates that the proportion of Aboriginal households in public housing increased in the two years to June 2015 from 2.8 per cent to 3.3 per cent of all tenancies and that the number of Aboriginal households on the public housing waiting list increased from 1594 to 1859 households.

The Report notes that DHHS is developing options to improve the service response to people experiencing homelessness and housing need. It is noted that greater self-determination over Aboriginal housing is a goal and that DHHS is currently working to review properties and assess the implications of any potential staged transfer of title.

Proportion of Aboriginal Victorians who are homeless

Table 28: Aboriginal people that are homeless (Victoria)

Table 28 Aboriginal people that are homeless  Victoria

Source: ABS Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness, 2011.
Note: ABS Census data is based on self-reported information.


Table 29: Proportion of Aboriginal clients accessing homelessness services (Victoria)

Table 29 Proportion of Aboriginal clients accessing homelessness services Victoria

Source:  Report on Government Services.


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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