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Build-to-Rent Forum

Exploring multi-family occupancy as a new asset class. Registrations now open.

30 October 2017 | Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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Government/ Academia / NFP rates available – see pricing below


Build to Rent (also known as Multi-Family Occupancy) is a new housing model that could be the solution for the affordability crisis in Australia’s metropolitan areas. This model has taken off very well in the US and is showing a lot of progress in the UK, where it is a younger concept.

Essentially, Build to Rent allows companies that construct residential housing (usually apartment blocks) to retain ownership of them, once built. In current practice, these units would then be individually sold off to investors, who would then offer short term leases, with high weekly rental prices to gain a short term return on their investment. Build to Rent looks to change this attitude, by allowing the construction company to retain ownership of their building and become the landlord.

To offset the risk and initial cash injection needed to build a project, construction companies will offer 5-10 year leases to young families. The lengthy nature of the lease allows the construction companies to lower the rental prices, but still receive a valuable return. It is believed to be a win/win for constructors and renters and would offer a viable option for those looking to live in the expensive Sydney and Melbourne regions.

Furthermore, if it proves successful, there is an opportunity for Build to Rent/Multi Family Occupancy to be considered an asset class and therefore affect the Australian economy even more directly and involved both state and commonwealth governments.

This is a brand-new concept in Australia, with only 2 companies currently involved in such projects. This one-dayer is the only one of its kind in the country and aims to establish itself as the premier event in this fledgling infrastructure model.



8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

  • Examples of overseas practice (most prevalently in US and UK) and its application to Australia
  • Is regulation and taxation an impediment for Build-to-Rent to truly take off here?
  • Current appetite amongst investors to blaze a trail in this emerging asset-class
  • Will Australia follow others countries with a reasonable slow initial take-up, followed by a mass of projects being undertaken?


10:00 am

To date, there have been sound reasons why the multifamily real estate model has failed to gain traction amongst institutional developers and investors in Australia. However, the hatching of innovative lease frameworks and delivery models is paving the way for multi-family real estate development that is economically viable, and with this, new avenues are also emerging for enhancing housing affordability.

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

  • Is Build-to-Rent on the mind of treasurers around Australia?
  • What are the impediments in Australia for this innovative housing model to take-off?
  • Could this be the silver bullet for the housing crisis, offering a
    viable option for young Australian families?


11:30 am

  • An examination of examples from the American industry that are unlocking the power of Multi-Family Occupancy.
  • This presentation will discuss how the new delivery model innovates lease frameworks and also shifts the mindset on housing-affordability
  • How the demand for affordable inner-city dwelling from millennials is pushing the advancement of multi-family throughout the US

12:00 pm

  • An examination of overseas examples that are unlocking the power of Build-to-Rent
  • How cities outside of London (especially Manchester) are adopting and leading the way in Build to Rent projects
  • How Build to Rent has reinvigorated the British market, with 5,500 B2R projects underway in Manchester and 6,262 in London, as of March 2017
  • How Greystar have capitalised on the emerging housing model and their intentions for Australia

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

A discussion around Build-to-Rent from the companies currently practicing the newest tool in housing. Hear how Mirvac hopes to provide long-term cash flows through residential leases and ease the pressure on home-buyers in areas such as Sydney and Melbourne; where the median house price is as high as $1.1 million.

2:00 pm

  • Is this a step-forward for construction companies, being granted more control and return from their properties?
  • Does it lower risk, or is its fledging nature actually a greater risk from those who build housing?
  • What involvement and strategies do Australian companies currently have in Build-to-Rent?

2:30 pm

Network and refreshment break

3:00 pm

The demand for housing continues to outstrip supply and ‘Generation Rent’ is still on the rise. 28 percent of households in Sydney are now rented, up from 15% in 2004. To capitalise on this rise more and more developers are entering the private rented sector; what effect will we see in the sector due to this?


3:30 pm

Build-to-Rent: A view from a rating’s agency on this emerging asset class

4:00 pm

  • Is Build-to-rent the answer to Australia’s affordability crisis?
  • What options are there for young families in Sydney and Melbourne’s housing-markets?
  • Is this a quick-fix? Is Australia’s hostile housing situation more multi-facetted?

4:45 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:00 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
Package (One Day)$1295+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package (One Day)$695+GSTEarly Bird

Event Pricing

  • Early Bird Rate – Expires 30 September 2017
    – Standard Industry Rate: $1,095 + GST (SAVE $200)
    – Government/ Academia/NFP Rate: $595 + GST (SAVE $100)
  • Standard Registration Rate – from 1 October 2017
    – Standard Industry Rate: $1,295 + GST
    – Government/ Academia/NFP Rate: $695 + GST

International Speakers


David Woodward

President, Global Apartment Advisors, USA


Chris Key

Managing Director – Australia, Greystar, UK


Steve Lambert

Executive Director, NAB

Phil Ransom

Senior Adviser, Macquarie Capital

Tim Holstbaulm

Director - Site Sales, Captial Markets, Knight Frank

Luke Mackintosh

Partner, EY

Amy Brown

Partner- Infrastructure & Urban Renewal, PwC

David Woodward

President, Global Apartment Advisors, USA

Chris Key

Managing Director - Australia, Greystar, UK

Stuart Penklis

Head of Residential, Mirvac

Andrew Fawell

Director, Beller Property Group

Paul Savitz

Director - Research & Consulting, Knight Frank

Chris Bratchford

CEO - Housing, Mission Australia

Prof Chris Eves

Deputy Head – Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT

when & where

30 Oct 2017

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
27 O’Connell St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 (02) 8214 0000

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