Read through the steps 1-6 to understand the whole process of applying and being housed in our Program.

Make sure co-op housing is for you

Co-op housing is a long-term housing option that requires ongoing commitment as a co-op member, as well as the standard requirements of a tenant.

You will be required to attend an Information Session to help you decide if co-op housing is the right option for you, before making an application.

When co-ops have a vacancy, they interview suitable applicants to find new members who:

  • will play an active role in the running of the co-op
  • are good tenants and neighbours
  • best meet the selection criteria set by the co-op

Opportunities for membership may take several years, the Housing Program typically has 80 to 100 vacancies per year.

Find out more about Co-operative Housing, then click NEXT to find out more about the application process

Complete an expression of interest form

The first step in applying for co-op housing is to complete an Expression of Interest Form.The Expression of Interest Form asks for details about:

  • your household size
  • your income and assets (to check eligibility for the program)
  • the areas you are interested in living

CEHL uses the details in the Expression of Interest Form to notify you when a Co-operative Housing Information Session is being held in the areas you are interested in.

NOTE: Expression of Interest is not an application, you need to complete all steps 1-4 before an application is completed.

The Expression of Interest Form is in step 6 of 'How Do I Apply?'

Click NEXT to continue learning more about the application process before completing the online form.

Attend a co-operative housing information session

  • you have completed Expression of Interest Form

You will be invited to attend a Co-op Housing Information Session when applicant numbers in the areas you wish to live are low.

At an Information Session you will learn more about co-operative housing and be given two forms you will need to complete to submit your application.

  1. Application Form
  2. Self Assessment Form

If your contact details or circumstances change, it's important to let CEHL know, so we can update our records and contact you when an Information Session is on.

Submit a Co-operative Housing Application form

  • you have completed an Expression of Interest Form
  • you have attended a Co-op Housing Information Session and received the Application and Self-Assessment Forms

If you have decided co-op housing is a good fit for you, complete the Application and Self-Assessment Forms and send the forms to CEHL .

The Application Form should include:

  • details of every person who will be housed with you
  • information about each household members income and assets
  • up to four areas where you wish to live
  • a personal statement that includes
    • your tenancy history
    • your understanding of co-op responsibilities
    • your connections to the community
    • and any other information you'd like to share with co-ops

The Self-Assessment Form will help co-ops to understand:

  • how you can contribute to the co-op
  • how the co-op can best meet your housing needs

In an interview, co-ops will also consider other selection criteria such as your demographic fit with the co-op's needs and values you share.

Your Personal details are important

CEHL manages your personal information in accordance with Commonwealth and State privacy legislation. See our Privacy Policy for more details.

CEHL shares the information in your Application and Self-Assessment Forms with co-operatives seeking members that match your needs.

Make sure your phone number and email are up-to-date at CEHL, so if an opportunity comes up we can contact you as soon as possible.

Co-ops select their members

  • you have completed an Expression of Interest Form
  • you have attended a Co-op Housing Information Session
  • you have submitted an ApplicationandSelf-Assessment Form

When co-ops have a vacancy, CEHL sends details of eligible applicants to the Co-op Member Selection Committee.

You may be contacted from time to time by a co-op or CEHL to ask if you wish to be considered for an upcoming vacancy.

The co-op shortlists suitable applicants and invites them to an interview to discuss:

  • how they might meet the selection criteria and
  • help applicants decide if the co-op is a good match for them

Co-ops select the best-suited applicant and undertake reference checks.

Program Selection Criteria

Each co-op selects its own members in accordance with the Member Selection Policy following the Member Selection Procedures.

To be eligible for co-op membership, applicants must:

  • meet the approved income and asset requirements
  • be selected based on the Program Selection Criteria set by CEHL
  • and the criteria set by the co-op for the current vacancy

The preferred applicant is then asked to provide full household details and evidence of income and assets to prove eligibility.

Become a co-op member

  • you have completed an Expression of Interest Form
  • you have attended a Co-op Housing Information Session
  • you have submitted an Application Form and a Self Assessment Form
  • you have met the eligibility criteria

If you have been chosen as the most suited applicant and your eligibility is confirmed, you will be offered membership of the co-operative and tenancy in a co-op managed home!

Members of your new co-op will welcome you and help you learn skills to be an active member of your co-op.

You will be able to participate in the activities of the co-op, access CEHL's co-op resources, training and the CEHL Education Scholarship Program.

Complete the Expression of Interest Form

If you believe co-op housing is the right option for you, click on the button below to start the process . . .

Expression of Interest Form