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.

Bob Birrell, Ernest Healy, Virginia Rapson and T. Fred Smith – July 2012

This study explains why housing prices are amongst the highest in the world and why this has occurred despite the Melbourne 2030 compact city policy planning initiatives. Melbourne 2030 has failed because developers cannot build medium density apartments at an affordable price. The study also shows that because of the price hike in established suburbia, half of Melbourne’s growth in the dwelling stock during the 2000s has been built on new estates on the fringe. However this safety valve is also closing because of the escalating costs of subdividing land in these estates.

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Over 157,000 people used homelessness services in six months

More than 157,000 people used specialist homelessness services in the six months from July to December 2012, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Specialist homelessness services: July-December 2012, shows that almost half (47%) were already homeless when they began receiving support, and over a fifth (22%) were sleeping without shelter or in an improvised or inadequate dwelling.

'Females were more likely to receive specialist homelessness services than males, with females representing 58% of all clients,' said AIHW spokesperson Deborah Foulcher.

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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has just released the National Social Housing Survey: Summary of National Results. The results are published in Bulletin 117, May 2013.

Tenant satisfaction with services provided by housing organisations was  (a) indigenous - public housing 56% and community housing 67% (b) non-indigenous - public housing 65% and community housing 74%.  Satisfaction of 65% for public housing was down from 73% in 2010. Satisfaction of 74% for community housing  was down from 79% in 2010.

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Members have been asked to rate their satisfaction with housing services, consideration of their views and maintenance services.  A record number of 88 members (55.69%) responded to the survey  - compared with 41.5% last year.

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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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