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Build to Rent

Build to Rent Conference Exploring Multi-Family Occupancy as a new asset class

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The Build to Rent (Multi-family) sector is expected to take off in Australia.

In a win for developers, the NSW government recently announced land tax will be cut by 50% over 20 years.

The Build to Rent model is expected to diversify the existing housing mix, provide more affordable housing and benefit the growing number of Australian renters.

With further regulatory changes proposed, developers are seizing the opportunity to become first-movers in Australia’s up-and-coming asset class.

Investors, recognising the unique position of the Australian market, are seeking viable projects.

Learn more about navigating the changing landscape at Build to Rent.

The program will explore:

  • Where does the BTR opportunity lie in Australia? Why now?
  • Case studies of Australia’s first BTR apartments
  • How to finance BTR projects
  • Attracting investors
  • Understanding the different approaches of the states
  • Levers and factors for BTRs to flourish in Australia
  • Insights from BTR sectors overseas
  • The changing regulatory and taxation environment
  • Developing a strong BTR framework in Australia
  • What do renters want? Planning and designing for long-term renters

Who should attend:

  • Property developers
  • Constructors
  • Super funds
  • Investment banks
  • Institutional banks
  • Federal, state and local government planners
  • Treasury
  • Architects
  • Property lawyers
  • Community housing groups
  • Property organisations
  • Consultants
  • Housing academics

See below to review the 2020 conference agenda and speakers. On-demand playback of the 2020 event is also available to purchase.


The Hon. Rob Stokes MP

NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, NSW Government

Jessica Carmichael

Associate Director, Urbis

Anthony Garagounis

National Manager, Delivery - Build to Rent, Mirvac

Daryl Choo

Partner, Financial Services Tax, EY

Felicity Rourke

Partner, Allens

Luke Mackintosh

Strategy and Transactions, Real Estate Advisory Services Partner, EY Oceania

Mark Power

Senior Director, Qualitas

Professor Hal Pawson

Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre UNSW

Renee Wirth

Group Executive Director, Office of the CEO, SGCH

Ryan Rathborne

Associate Director and Co-Head Property, CEFC

Tim Chislett

Partner, Allens

Cameron Quinn

Associate Director - Partnerships, Assemble Communities

Keith Lucas

First Vice President, Sentinel Real Estate Corp.

Travis Knipe

CEO, StarRez

Damien Webb

Head of Income and Real Assets, Aware Super

Sarah Amos

Head of Commercial, Queensland Treasury

Tom Forrest

CEO, Urban Taskforce Australia

Puian Mollaian

Associate Director of Structured Transactions & Advisory Services, CBRE

Binuo Erth

Managing Partner, Vellum Group

Alex Deluca

Mechanical Project Engineer, Stantec

Dr Georgia Warren-Myers

Sustainability Lens Leader, Affordable Housing Hallmark, University of Melbourne

Julian Cabarrus

Director of External Affairs and Strategy, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia ASFA


All times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)


8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Jessica Carmichael, Associate Director, Urbis

9:00 am

Address from the Minister

The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, NSW Government

9:10 am

Q&A with the Minister

The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, NSW Government

Facilitated by: Luke Mackintosh, Partner, Real Estate Advisory, EY

9:30 am

  • Current state of the market
  • Population and demographic trends: the changing face of home ownership in Australia
  • The case for renting and the opportunity for developers
  • Valuations, modelling and appraisals
  • Underwriting rents where there is limited evidence
  • Comparisons with the PBSA sector

10:00 am

  • Key findings of the City Futures Research Centre 2019 report on Build to Rent prospects in Australia
  • What do we mean by ‘build to rent’?
  • Justified and unjustified claims on BTR
  • Implications of COVID housing market impacts
  • Possible design/ownership configurations for BTR
  • Policy reforms potentially impacting on BTR prospects

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

  • Exploring BTR as an emerging asset class in Australia: what makes a good BTR investment?
  • The appetite for involvement in BTR projects for superfunds and the broader investment community
  • Selectively creating profitable BTR projects and assembling well-performing portfolios
  • Further planning and tax changes needed
  • Foreign investors

11:40 am

  • Why Qualitas launched Australia’s first BTR Impact debt platform
  • Fund target market and loan structures
  • The importance of designing BTR projects that incorporate a high level of sustainability

12:10 pm

  • Loan origination and structuring
  • Not all markets are created equal – where in Australia is BTR attractive, and what are the key issues surrounding BTR transactions?
  • Lessons from the US and the UK, and applications in Australia

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

  • The role of BTR in affordable housing in Australia
  • Policy reforms required to enable more investment in affordable housing
  • Initiatives such as NSW’s Communities Plus program, and other states’ BTR investments to address social and affordable housing
  • Barriers and proposals to allow banks to lend to social housing providers on a larger scale


2:10 pm

While there has been some traction in the build-to-rent (BTR) sector, without fast and smart support from all levels of government across all jurisdictions – the broader economic opportunity of BTR could be lost. In this session we will cover:

  • What state governments have done to date
  • How to make the most of in a BTR development under current frameworks in Australia
  • What’s required in state planning and tax policies to accelerate BTR
  • Why we must strike now and the steps needed to unlock the full potential of BTR


2:40 pm

  • Modern methods of construction
  • Delivering a BTR project and commercial decisions
  • Low-cost, sustainable building materials and processes
  • Lessons and hurdles
  • What renters want

3:10 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:40 pm

  • Safety, wellness, connection, and community
  • Providing residents with exceptional experiences
  • Synergies between the PBSA and BTR sectors
  • Existing and emerging technologies

4:10 pm

  • Connectedness, carbon-friendliness and community
  • Embedding sustainability and liveability in design
  • Operating and maintaining a successful BTR development
  • Ensuring predictability and liveability for tenants

4:40 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

Jessica Carmichael, Associate Director, Urbis

4:50 pm

End of Event



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2020 On-Demand Access$395+GST

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