Get Inside Build-to-Rent’s Evolution in Australia


The number of completed build-to-rent units in Australia is set to double each year to 2025 as developers, backed by institutional investors, swoop on widening opportunities in the sector.

As traditional residential real estate come under pressures thanks to rising interest rates, housing affordability and a growing need for connectivity and flexibility, the changing face of home ownership is building the build-to-rent business case for property developers.

So what does the future hold for build-to-rent real estate and how can the industry further respond in a practical way?

The Urban Developer presents its annual conference dedicated to the development and investment of build-to-rent assets in Australia. 

Attendees will hear the latest in expert research, international and national developer perspective and take a look inside three projects defining excellence within the sector.

Click here to register.

What will be covered:

  • The drivers and performance of build-to-rent in Australia

  • Population and demographic trends

  • Operating platforms and target cohorts

  • The legal framework of developing build-to-rent assets

  • State governments legislation and opportunities

  • Valuation metrics for build-to-rent assets

  • Developer perspective on delivering new projects

  • Design, commercial and planning considerations

  • Project examples of excellence within the sector.



A keynote address about the factors that will influence the future performance of BtR across the Australian markets.

  • What is driving the appetite for build-to-rent?

  • What does the build-to-rent market look like now and into the future?

  • What does purpose-built build-to-rent look like in Australia?

  • Current state of play in the Australian build-to-rent market

  • Differences in how the Australian build-to-rent market will evolve

  • What’s next and where does the opportunity lie?

Presenter: Robert Papaleo—National Director, Build to Rent | Residential, Colliers



How the changing face of home ownership is building the business case for build-to-rent for property developers.

  • Population and demographic trends

  • Operating platforms and target cohorts, that is, standard, social, affordable (key worker-essential worker) and mixed

  • Valuations, modelling and appraisals

  • Underwriting rents where there is limited evidence

  • Build-to-rent—why now?

Presenter: Luke Mackintosh—Strategy and Transactions, Real Estate Advisory Services Partner, EY Oceania



Navigating the legal framework of developing, owning and operating build-to-rent assets in Australia.

  • State governments legislation so far

  • Government hurdles—tax, stamp duty, international investors

  • Investment hurdles—yields, construction costs, distressed operators

  • Opportunities under the current frameworks in Australia

  • What’s required in state planning and tax policies to accelerate build-to-rent

  • Future anticipated legal considerations.

Presenter: Jane Hodder—Partner, Real Estate, Herbert Smith Freehills



A discussion with the world’s leading build-to-rent owners and operators on their approach to delivering build-to-rent in Australia.


  • Chris Key—Managing Director, Greystar

  • Michael Streicker—President, Sentinel Real Estate

  • David Warneford—Country Head of Australia, Hines



How are these private developers stacking up their projects for success?


  • Jason Goldsworthy—Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, Novus

  • Rhys Williams—Co-Founder, UKO

  • Chrystan Paul—Chief Executive, Alt Living



The Tale of Two Towers | South Yarra by Greystar

Greystar’s South Yarra development includes two towers of build-to-rent and flex-housing, offering expertly managed apartments, workspaces, amenity and events spaces.

Presenter: James Pearce—Director, Fender Katsalidis Architects

Build-to-Rent: A Growing Property Opportunity Powered by Tech | 393 Macaulay Rd, Kensington

Having only recently launched, 393 Macaulay Rd is a prime example of purpose-built rental housing that was developed by Assemble Futures in response to the very real challenge of home ownership in Australian cities. A key technology at the heart of build-to-rent and 393 Macaulay Road is cloud-based electronic access control (EAC).

Presenter: Cedric Duigou—Accommodation and Hospitality Vertical Manager, Oceania, Salto Systems

Reinventing How People Rent in Our Cities | Southbank by HOME

HOME is Australia’s leading creator and operators of apartment communities exclusively for rent, and have recently opened the doors to Home Southbank, Melbourne’s first purpose-designed and operated build-to-rent building. 

Presenter: Christian Grahame—Head of HOME, HOME

The Urban Developer Build-to-Rent vSummit will be hosted virtually on Thursday, August 25. Click here for more information.


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