Read through the steps 1- 6 to understand the whole process of applying for co-operative housing.

Make sure co-op housing is for you

  • Housing co-op members enjoy long-term tenancies, affordable rent and are part of a supportive community
  • Co-op housing requires ongoing commitment as a co-op member, along with the standard responsibilities of a tenant
  • To be eligible for co-op housing you will be required to register your interest on the Victorian Housing Register and attend a Co-operative Housing Information Session.

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, you will be asked about:

  • your household size
  • your income and assets (this is required to check your eligibility for the CEHL Co-op Housing 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 before an application is completed.

The link to 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-op 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, including:

  • how co-ops work, and the different co-op members roles
  • the co-ops' role as landlord
  • what skills you may be able to share or learn, by being a co-op member

If co-op housing is right for you, you will be given two forms at the Information Session you need to fill-in to complete 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.

Your personal details are important

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

CEHL shares the information in your Self Assessment Form 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.

Submit an application

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

After attending the Co-op Housing Information Session you will be provided with:

  • An Co-operative Housing Application Form
  • and a Self Assessment Form

In the forms you will be required to:

    Complete the forms and send to CEHL

    info@cehl.com.au or post to:

    CEHL, Level 1/112 Balmain Street, Richmond, Victoria, 3121


    If your details change, let CEHL know, so we can easily contact you when a vacancy occurs.

    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 Application and Self-Assessment Form

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

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

    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 for their co-op 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 are chosen as the most suited applicant and your eligibility is confirmed, you will be offered membership of the housing 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.

    Start the process. . .

    complete the Expression of Interest Form