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What is Ross House?

Ross House is the only self managed and community owned not-for-profit building in Melbourne, Australia and has been an important part of the social justice and environment community in Melbourne for over two decades.

Ross House is a place for community groups to grow, connect and evolve.The five-storey heritage listed Ross House building in Flinders Lane provides affordable, accessible office space to over 50 small not-for-profit groups working towards environmental and social justice.

Ross House also offers affordable meeting room hire and other resources to anyone who might like to use them.

Who can join the Ross House Association?

Membership is only open to organisations which are:

1. community and self-help groups: these are organisations where decisions are made by members. Some of these groups have members who share the same medical or social condition (self-help) or have the same concern (community groups).

2. small groups: with under 570hrs per week of paid staff and needing less than 135m2 of space.

3. groups collaborating for social justice and (or) environmental sustainability.

Individuals and businesses can become Ross House supporters.

How much does it cost to join?

Non profit organisations working towards environmental sustainability and (or) social justice goals can become a member of Ross House for $85 per year (excluding GST). If you are a for-profit group or an individual, you can become a Ross House supporter by making a tax deductible donation.

You can contribute to this unique social justice and environment movement by donating to the National Trust of Australia Ross House Heritage Appeal. This is a secure online donation site.

If you prefer to make a donation by cheque, please make it out to The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and send it to Ross House Association, 247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000.

What does membership involve?

Each member organisation delegates a member to represent itself at Ross House Association general meetings. The Association is managed by a committee elected from these representatives at the Annual General Meeting, usually held in October or November each year. A series of sub-committees deal with specific areas of responsibility. Any members of a Ross House Association member organisation can make a contribution to the management of the Ross House Association through these sub-committees.

There are also ad hoc opportunities to contribute and influence the Ross House Association through member’s consultations and short term task groups.

How do you get an office at Ross House?

All tenants of Ross House have to first be accepted as Ross House members (see who can join above). The activities of your organisation will then be assessed to see if they are appropriate for the building. The layout of the building makes confidentiality very difficult and noisy activities too disruptive.

The first step to becoming a tenant is to make an application for membership and then tenancy. Applications are considered by a sub-committee and then the committee of the Ross House Association. Both applications can be considered at the same time.

How do you book a room at Ross House?

To book a room at Ross House, you need to have a Ross House user account, which you can create via the website.

Once the account is created, you can select the day(s) and time(s) that you require via the live online booking portal.

Once the bookings have been added to your cart, you finalise payment via our secure PayPal system using a credit card or PayPal account. *Members and Tenants have a different payment method.

Confirmations and receipts will be emailed directly to the account holder.

For assistance or any questions you may, please contact the Front Desk on (03) 9650 1599 or



What do I do if I forget to pick up my swipe key?

Unfortunately the Ross House staff do not work on the weekend (or after 5pm) and therefore, you will be unable to get in to the building without a swipe key.

Please contact the Front Desk during business hours on (03) 9650 1599.