Housing

Co-operative housing providers…

  • Are affordable housing providers
  • Provide decent homes for key workers and first time buyers
  • Is a model of housing that pools people’s resources and builds strong communities
  • Puts tenants in control of their homes

Are affordable housing providers

In Australia and overseas, housing co-operatives have been effective financial managers of housing for decades because tenants have a sense of ownership and control in their management.

Provide decent homes for key workers and first-time buyers

Develop affordable housing to deliver new dwellings for key workers and other moderate income earners.

Is a model of housing that pools people’s resources and builds strong communities

The long-term involvement of tenants with their homes and their community is beneficial to people providing a sense of place and commitment. In addition, the skills developed in operating their own enterprise assist with confidence building that often leads to employment and a more varied income stream.

Puts tenants in control of their homes 

In addition to social benefits, housing co-operatives can deliver services effectively and efficiently while increasing consumer choice and control.

The co-operative housing model is highly diverse, but is first and foremost an ownership structure which can complement varying degrees of resident self-management, co-housing, co-design etc.

Housing examples

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Co-operation Housing

Co-operation Housing is a not-for-profit Australian public company established by the Federation of Housing Collectives (FOHCOL), with the aim of supporting and growing the housing co-operative sector...
Established Year: 2010
Industry: Housing
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Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL)

CEHL is Victoria’s largest Housing Association and is both a provider and developer of affordable housing. CEHL empowers people with co-operative housing models to build strong communities.
Established Year: 1985
Industry: Housing
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Common Equity NSW

Common Equity provides overall asset management of properties for housing co-operatives. It also provides training and resourcing for the co-operatives, negotiating and servicing of borrowings for...
Established Year: 1985
Industry: Housing
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PaRA Co-operative Limited

Supported accommodation for three young men using NDIS funding through SILC.
Established Year: 2015
Industry: Housing

Housing submissions

Housing affordability and supply in Australia

BCCM called for support for innovative, self-help models of co-op housing development such as Baugruppen.
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Committee: House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue
Submission Date: 09/13/2021

National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation bill – Economics Committee inquiry

The BCCM supported the submission made by  BCCM housing sector, member Common Equity New South Wales (CENSW).
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Committee: Senate Standing Committees on Economics
Submission Date: 04/13/2018

National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation draft Investment Mandate consultation

The BCCM supported the submission made by  BCCM housing sector, member Common Equity New South Wales (CENSW).
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Committee: Treasury
Submission Date: 03/13/2018