Emeritus Professor Greg Patmore, The Co-operatives Research Group, The University of Sydney Business School

This paper provides a historical overview of housing co-operatives in Australia. It begins with a discussion of the main co-operative focus on housing in Australia, which was the formation of building societies to provide funding for the purchase of individual homes. It then looks at the history of Australian housing co-operatives in Australia highlighting the trends and forms of housing co-operatives. It concludes with a brief discussion of the implications for the present debates about affordable housing in Australia.

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December 2022