Housing future communities /

Minor concurrent session

Thursday 29 August 2019
3.30pm – 5.00pm

Build-to-rent: an affordable solution?

The build-to-rent model has succeeded in many other countries but is yet to take off in Australia. Could build-to-rent become an effective and appropriate pathway to increase housing supply in Australia, and does it have the potential to offer affordable housing options?



Mr John Nicolades
Chief Executive Officer. Bridge Housing Limited
John has led Bridge Housing Limited since 2006. Under his leadership, the organisation has grown from 650 to 3,500 properties; providing safe and secure affordable housing to more than 5,000 residents. He has successfully transformed Bridge Housing from a sma... view
Leigh Warner
Senior Director - Research, JLL
Leigh is a Senior Director of Research for JLL, based in Brisbane.  He leads JLL’s residential and alternative sectors research nationally, as well as overseeing Queensland research across all sectors and the firm’s macroeconomic research. Leigh is an experienced indust... view
Connie Kirk
National Executive Director, Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA)
As National Executive Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), Connie represents over 2,500 companies in advocating for cohesive infrastructure development, better linked population growth and industry job creation, and the development ... view
Janet Chappell
Housing Policy Manager, Landcom
Janet is the Housing Policy Manager at Landcom, the NSW Government’s land and property development organisation. She headed up research, development and adoption of Landcom’s housing affordability and diversity policy and developed a set of Housing Indicator tools to understa... view


Meredith Sussex AM
Board Director, Housing Choices Australia
Meredith Sussex is Chair of the Fishermans Bend Development Board in Victoria. She has also been a non-executive director of a number of Boards, including the Board of the Port of Melbourne. She lectures in the masters programme on urb... view