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.

Download “The End of Affordable Housing in Melbourne”

The Centre for Population and Urban Research is an independent research organisation within the School of Political and Social Inquiry in the Arts Faculty of Monash University. Its funding derives mainly from external research grants and consultancies. It has prepared reports for a number of Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies, professional bodies and corporations. http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/cpur/

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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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