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.

KNOXCITYCOUNCILThe Acting Manager (Governance) David Griffiths has been invited to join the Knox Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. David has been appointed to the Committtee for a period of two years until November 2017. It is proposed that the Committee will meet on a quarterly basis// The first meeting is proposed for the 19 November 2015. SouthEast Director Debbie Dioguardi was responsible for suggesting that SouthEast nominate to be a member of the Committee. The Committee's terms of reference can be accessed from the link below:


HAWAIIThe Governor of Hawaii  has declared a state of emergency to deal with the homelessness crisis and the state is building a homeless shelter for families. Between 2014 and 2015 there was a 23% increase in the unsheltered homeless population and a 46% increase in the number of unsheltered families.

The state has also established a Housing First program - providing homes and services to chronically homeless individuals without requiring them to get sober or treat mental illness first. Hawaii is the 50th state in the United States - joining the USA in 1959. It has a population of 1.4 million and its main industry is tourism. USA President Baravk Obama was born in Hawaii.

A new homeless shelter is currently under construction in Honolulu - converted shipping containers. Each shipping container has a window and a screen door for ventilation. the containers are insulated and the roofs have white reflective coating.

AUSTRALIANSENATEThe SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd has been invited to appear as a witness before the Senate Economic References Committeer Inquiry into Cooperative, mutual and member-owned firms. This will be on the 30 October 2015. The invitation follows a submission made by SouthEast to the Senate Committee. This is the first time SouthEast has been invited to appear as a witness before a Senate Committee. Other witnesses will include Australian Unity, BCCM, Industry Super Australia and Friendly Societies of Australia.

LilyDmbrosioThe Andrews Labor Government has launched a new tool to help Victorians save money on their power bills, as new figures show that nine out of 10 Victorians are paying too much for electricity.

Minister for Energy, Lily D’Ambrosio today launched Victorian Energy Compare with local families at the Cairnlea Community Hub in Melbourne’s west.

The new and improved independent price comparison tool lets Victorians enter data online from their smart meter or power bill to find the best offer.

The average Victorian household spends about $2,800 on energy bills every year, which represents about 2.3 per cent of the average household income and up to about 7 per cent of income for lower income households

Government data shows most Victorians could save hundreds of dollars by switching electricity plans.

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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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