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.

Cooperators2Co-operators was published by the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd in October 2012. Copies were distributed to all participants in the Australian National Co-operative Conference, 24-25 October 2012.

Co-operators is what it is – a collection of contributions by members and staff writing about their experiences of co-operation and co-operatives. Without co-operators there are no co-operatives. Co-operatives are a viable successful alternative to public and private enterprise - throughout the world there nearly one billion member-owners of 1.4 million co-operatives employing 100 million people. Most of the contributors are involved with housing co-operatives – the biggest grouping of co-operatives in the Australian state of Victoria with 120 co-operatives and over 6000 members. The contributors share a passionate commitment to the values and philosophy of co-operation. The basis for this passion lies in member user ownership and control of co-operatives. Read the passion about the co-operative way – and think about your own dreams and ask yourself: why not? Read the Co-operators flyer.

With the release of Co-operators, each chapter is also be available as a separate html file:

Foreword by Mervyn Wilson
Introduction – Co-operators and Co-operatives by David Griffiths

SouthEast Housing

Co‑operative Housing Futures by Ian McLaren
Inclusive Democracy by Shirley Faram
Making it Happen by Jim Kokoras
Everything I Can by Jan Dickson
Take your Pick by Joy Haines
Members First – Past, Present And Future by Greg Nolan
Co‑operative Community by Avril Lochhead
Co‑operative Unity by Dale Carroll
Co‑operation Naturally by Terry Brown
The Personal Touch by Johnnie Tissera

Other Housing Co‑operatives

Co‑operative Equality by Linda Seaborn
A Sense of Home by Cathy Walker
Rebranding ‘Co‑operative Identity’ by Rob Wardell
Now and Future Generations Karren Walker
A Life Lived Well by Rhonda Wilson
Historically Unique, Maryknoll by Angelique Eccleston and Des O’Connell
Y.C.W. Co‑operatives by Ted Long
Canada’s Values and Education by John McInerney

Co‑operative Federations

Co‑operatives Australia
Australian Co‑operatives and Co‑operatives Australia
Co‑operative Education
Public Policy and Co‑operatives
Valuing Co‑operation
Australia’s Top 100 Co‑operatives, Credit Unions and Mutuals
Australia’s Top 100 Co‑operatives, Credit Unions and Mutuals(August 2012)
Co‑operation between Co‑operatives by David Griffiths
The West – yesterday, today, tomorrow by Peter Wells
Grasping the Principles by Tony O’Shea

Co‑operative Politics

Disruptive Capitalists in the ‘Lucky Country’ by Melina Morrison
Towards an Australian Co‑operative Party by Graeme Charles and Peter Jamieson

Further Reading
Co‑operative identity, values and principles
SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd
Victoria’s Rental Housing Co‑operatives

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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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