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.

FoleyMartinThe Andrews Labor Government will make applying for social housing simpler by developing a Common Housing Register, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley announced today.

The new register will provide a fair and easy way for households to access a broad range of social housing options.

Applicants will only need to fill out one form, allowing for every community housing organisation to allocate vacant properties from the state-wide register according to need.

Social housing in Victoria is managed by the Director of Housing and 42 housing providers or associations, many with their own application process and wait list.

To be considered for all available social housing, Victorians need to apply to each of these organisations separately.

The Labor Government will consult with homelessness and community housing services to ensure the views of the people they serve are heard and incorporated, so that the register can best serve those in need.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing Martin Foley

“The current system is confusing, time-consuming and inconsistent. It’s time to fix it.”

 “We need to get our most needy into the right houses as quickly as possible, and this is the way to do it.”

Quotes attributable to CEO of Council to Homeless Persons Ms Jenny Smith

“The current processes to get into social housing can be complicated, opaque and frustrating for people experiencing homelessness.”

“A single state-wide housing register for all public and community housing applications will provide a clearer and simpler method of access for consumers and a transparent system of allocating vacancies when they arise.''

Quotes attributable to CEO of the Community Housing Federation of Victoria Ms Lesley Dredge

"The community housing sector supports simplifying the system for people who are looking for housing. The introduction of one application process should make the system more equitable and easier to navigate.”

“We look forward to working with the Government on its development."

scottmorrisonIn a speech on 22 July 2015  to the Institute of Public Affairs, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison, MP, has discussed housing.

Better partnerships are also needed with the States and Territories. 

Today, the Prime Minister is meeting with Premiers to discuss many of the issues that challenge and confound our federation. Housing is one of those issues and is on the agenda for discussion.

It is an area where our federation is failing us. We are spending more than $10 billion a year and making very little progress.  The Commonwealth accounts for around 60% of this expenditure and in 2014/15 this equates to $6.3 billion.  Commonwealth rental assistance (CRA) accounts for the majority of this investment at $4.2 billion, the balance being transfers to the states. CRA has been increasing at a rate of almost 7% a year. At the same time State housing expenditures have been flat.

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HFIanmain2It is with a heavy heart that this notice is written to inform the members of Southeast Housing Co-operative of the passing of Ian McLaren in the early hours of Tuesday morning 7/07/2015

Ian will be sadly missed by the SouthEast Housing Co-operative staff, the board of directors and members.

Ian joined the co-operative as Chief Financial Officer in 2010 and was subsequently appointed General Manager in 2011. Prior to joining SouthEast, Ian worked for CEHL, MIND and in the private sector.

Read the tribute by the Chairperson of the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd, Andrea Lee.

NCOSSThe Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) has released a survey on low to middle income families - The NCOSS Cost of Living Report 2015. The survey was undertaken online and completed by 401 respondents between 18 - 25 June 2015.  Families with dependent children with household incomes less than the median (approximately $75,000) were surveyed. The survey was designed by Essential Research in conjunction with NCOSS.

On housing, at least one in five low and middle income families reported they could not afford a decent and secure home (21%), a roof and gutters that don't leak (23%) or a separate bedroom for every child over 10 (20%).The survey also found that 58% were experiencing housing stress and that 32% of sole parent families reported spending more than half of their income on housing.

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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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