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.

FINLANDFLAGA working group of researchers from a range of organisations under the project leadership of Kela is exploring ways in which to carry out an experimental study focusing on the implementation of a universal basic income scheme. The project is part of the Finnish Government's analysis, assessment and research plan for 2015.

The Government's programme calls for the implementation of a universal basic income experiment. The purpose of the experiment is to find ways to reshape the social security system in response to changes in the labour market. The experiment will also explore how to make the system more empowering and more effective in terms of providing incentives for work. Further objectives include the reduction of bureaucracy and the streamlining the complicated system for providing welfare benefits.

The preliminary study will seek to identify a model for implementing the universal basic income experiment. The experiment in turn will evaluate the effect of a basic income in different population groups and produce an overall cost estimate.

The preliminary study is a collaboration between Kela's Research Department, the Universities of Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Eastern Finland, the Sitra Innovation Fund, the think tank "Tänk", and the VATT Institute for Economic Research. The Federation of Finnish Entrepreneurs and experts on municipal affairs, tax law and constitutional matters will also contribute to the project. The project is headed by Professor Olli Kangas, director of research at Kela. It is carried out as part of the Government's analysis and research plan for 2015.

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SANTA2015A real celebration of Peace and Joy to all with a record attendance over 150  - members and their children.

The third annual members Xmas Party on Sunday 6 December 2015 was a WOW event. Healesville Sanctuary turned on the nice weather and upwards of eighty adults and seventy children enjoyed the truly festive meal, drinks and very welcome icy poles as they spread out over the verdant green lawns under the shade of ferns and gums and through the pavilion.

The young people and parents of the family volunteers painted faces, made decorations, badges and glitter was everywhere lighting up faces, and smiles were all round especially when the golden bell rang with Ho Ho Ho’s and a bespectacled Father Christmas and his “elves” appeared with Santa dressed in sartorial splendour and the shiniest boots I have ever seen.

There were bags upon bags of gifts with the name of each child and young person written on them for the children and their parents and the volunteers. No one was left out.

There were so many audible cries of surprise and wonderment and praise from each child and their parents as the gifts were unwrapped. It was so pleasing to see how happy they were with each child receiving well thought out gifts that educate and entertain and so age and gender appropriate.

The hours of work and preparation from the board and staff and volunteers really saw great results as families mixed, played and renewed friendships and celebrated the true meaning of Christmas with the birth of the Christ Child as God’s gift to all. The members of SouthEast truly are its greatest gift to each other and a wonderful treasure for its future.

Dale Carroll

OXFAMClimate change is inextricably linked to economic inequality: it is a crisis that is driven by the greenhouse gas emissions of the ‘haves’ that hits the ‘have-nots’ the hardest. While COP21 in Paris will see a deal negotiated between governments on the basis of the total emissions produced in their territories, the real winners and losers will be their citizens. The true test of the deal will be whether it delivers something for the poorest people who are both the least responsible for and the most vulnerable to climate change, wherever they live.

In this briefing Oxfam presents new data analysis that demonstrates the extent of global carbon inequality by estimating and comparing the lifestyle consumption emissions of rich and poor citizens in different countries.

BCCM2015The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals has just released a report based on research undertaken by the University of Western Australia -2015 National Mutual Economy Report Incorporating the Top 100. This is the second annual report on Australia's co-operatives and mutuals. Summary financial performance of the top 100 2013/14 (AUD$):

Annual Turnover (gross) $27,633,215,874

Assets  (gross) $109,445,800,694

The top co-operative or mutual in Australia is WA's CBH Group with an annual turnover of $3.94 billion for FY 2013/14. Victoria's Murray Goulburn Co-operative Ltd is second with an annual turnover of $2.95 billion for FY 2013/14.

The Top 10 co-operatives and mutuals in Victoria - Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co Ltd, Australian Unity, RACV,GMHBA Limited, Australian Scholarship Groups, Bank Australia, Latrobe Health  Services Ltd, Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank, Defence Bank and Police Credit (BankVic).


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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