Welcome to Common Equity (Co-operative Housing) NSW Ltd

Common Equity seeks to assist low-income families and individuals to live better and obtain a brighter, secure future through access to housing they can afford. We offer rental accommodation in Sydney metro and select regional areas for people who are in need of low cost accommodation and who qualify for social or affordable housing.

Common Equity is a not for profit tier 2 community housing provider established in 2009 and operates the majority of its properties in the Co-operative Housing model. Common Equity has 33 Housing Co-operatives across NSW and offers accommodation in a variety of dwelling types and locations to almost 500 tenants.

A Housing Co-operative is formed by a group of people with a common interest to work together to maintain and manage housing. Members perform landlord roles (e.g. tenancy, rent, maintenance) and business roles (e.g. administration, bookkeeping). Membership requires ongoing commitment, including attending monthly and other meetings and actively participating in the management of the Co-operative. Each Co-operative manages its own member and tenant selection processes.

While we primarily support people who choose to live in Housing Co-operatives we also offer some rental accommodation in community properties to those who are seeking rental affordability outside a Housing Co-operative model.

How they work and whether they might suit you…More information
About Community Properties managed by CENSW as the landlord…More information

Latest News

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2017

Newcastle Community Forum – 1st November 2017

Newcastle Community Forum – 1st November 2017

Newsletter – Winter Edition 2017

Newsletter Winter Edition 2017
Check out the Winter Edition Newsletter which includes great stories, follow us on what CENSW has been up to. To view the Newsletter, please click here.

Newsletter April 2017

April 2017 Newsletter is here! Meet our new Finance Manager and say farewell to our EA, as well as the latest from the Jannali Developments!

BCCM – Reforms to Human Services; 2nd Stage of Human Service Inquiry

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January 2017 Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter is here!! Read about the 2016 AGM and meet the new Board Directors, take our quiz on 80s pop music and try your hand at the best basil pesto around!

Newsletter October 2016

October Newsletter 2016 is here. Read all about Common Equitys first ever City 2 Surf Race and about All Nations, the new Co-operative, plus so much more!!

2016 Financial Statement Report

The complete Financial Statements for the year ending 30 June 2016.

2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report is now available. This year has been a period of change for Common Equity with the completion of some major housing projects as well as a year full of achievements.

Newsletter July 2016

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In this edition of the newsletter we catch up on the latest developments at the Dunroamin’ Co-op and we bid a sad farewell to Phillip Gardiner, Finance Manager.

Newsletter – April 2016

Click Here to read In this exciting edition of the newsletter we get to meet the new CEO and say farewell to Robyn Cahoun. You also get to read all about the Co-op picnic day which […]

Submission by BCCM CEHL CENSW on Co-operative Housing- March 2016

‘Rewriting the Australian Dream – Co-operative housing’s role in delivering an effective housing system’

Newsletter – January 2016

In this exciting edition of the Newsletter we take a look at the recent AGM. We also have some exciting baby news to share with you and we take a look a the touching tribute […]

Please Help Us Plan for the Future – We Need Your Feedback

A consultation was held on Strategic Planning as part of the AGM on 28 November 2015.  All Co-operatives received a ‘Planning our Future’ Information Kit from CENSW about our 2016 strategic planning agenda ahead of […]

Annual Report 2015

The new look Annual Report for 2015 is now out. This year’s issue features Emoh Ruo and Ningana Co-operatives as well as highlights of CENSW achievements and future goals for advancing our understanding of tenant and […]

Newsletter – October 2015

The October issue of the newsletter is now available. This issue looks at how Co-operatives work within their local communities. We have also profiled Common Equity’s newest member Co-operative, Sedgwick Housing Co-operative. To read the Newsletter […]

BCCM Broadcast: Get Mutual is now live!

Today, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is proud to launch Get Mutual, a new online resource on setting up and running co-operatives. “At last, groups and individuals have a one-stop shop for free information […]

Tenant Survey

It’s tenant survey time and Co-operatives and tenants will soon receive a survey form if you have not already received one.
The feedback we receive from you is important and helps us to continue to provide […]

Newsletter – July 2015

Our quarterly newsletter covers topics such as Sector support, detailing the work Common Equity NSW is doing for the Co-operative Housing Sector, as well an update on the results of the “Meeting the Needs of […]

Architects of Change for Social Housing

Wednesday, 8 July 2015  – Media Release by Brad Hazzard, Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing

An inaugural advisory committee to help tackle one of the biggest challenges in NSW – reform of the […]

Newsletter – April 2015

Our quarterly newsletter covers topics such as Sector support; detailing the work Common Equity NSW is doing for the Co-operative Housing Sector.

In this edition of the newsletter we profile Care-n-Co Co-operative. We also feature a […]

John Mant Scholarship Programme

Common Equity ‘People Power’ has been a strong theme for the start of 2015. The Board has initiated a new programme, called the John Mant Scholarship Programme.  Named after the long time Board member, lawyer, […]

Upcoming Events

  1. Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    November 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm