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.

FEDERATIONREFORMThe Commonwealth Government has committed to produce a White Paper on the Reform of the Federation. In a Discussion Paper various reform options are considered for health, education, housing and homelessness. The reform options are "without prejudice" with a view to generate public discussion about how reform should proceed. The Discussion Paper is a "working draft" preceding the release of a Green Paper. Visit the Federation web site at https://federation.dpmc.gov.au

Chapter 4: Key Areas Reform considers the various proposals for health,  education, housing and homelessness. The housing and homelessness options are threefold - a split system manager, a shared system manager and States and Federations have full responsibility. (pp 75-87) Under split system manager - States and Territories would have full responsibility for funding, policy , service delivery and regulation of social housing and homelessness services with Commonwealth retaining full responsibility for Commonwealth Rent Assistance. Under a shared system manager -  housing and homelessness services would continue to be jointly funded by the States and Territories and the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth would have full responsibility for Commonwealth Rent Assistasnce. Under States and Territories have full responsibility - Commonwealth has  no real involvement and would no longer provide Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

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FAIRERSAFERThe Victorian Government has launched a consultation on tenancy - Residential Tenancies Act Review Laying the Groundwork - Consultation Paper (June 2015).  According to Jane Garrett MP, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gambling & Liquor Regulation: "The review is one part of the Government's broader work program under its Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing to ensure that all Victorians can access safe, affordable and secure housing."

Submissions on the consultation paper are due by 5 August 2015. Submissions can be online at fairersaferhousing.vic.gov.au/renting or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HOCKEYThe Treasurer, the Hon. Joe Hockey,MP, has urged first home buyers to get "a good job that pays good money" if they want to enter the property market.

Mr. Hockey also said: "If housing were unaffordable in Sydney, no one would be buying it."

The comments were made at a media conference in Sydney on 9 June 2015.

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2015BUDGETPrime Minister Tony Abbott  declared on the 17 May 2015 that people working should not be worse off than those on welfare. The Prime Minister was reported in The West Australian newspaper andon  Sky News. There is no transcript of the Prime Minister's comments on his web site.  Mr. Abbott said that the purpose of the welfare system is to provide people with a basic level of support and that you shouk always be better off in work than out of work. The Prime Minister's comments follow the budget papers which show that a sole parent earning $30,000 a year with two dependent children under the age of six has a disposable income of more than $66,000 after government assistance whereas a single person earning $80,,000 with no government assistance has a disposable income of about $61,000.


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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