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Policy and partnering: time to rethink our approach to build-to-rent

New investment models and more government support for build-to-rent developments are needed to address the rising inaccessibility and unaffordability of rental housing in Australia.

Architect's rendering Oxford Properties' proposal at Pitt Street in Sydney.
An architect's rendering of Oxford Properties' proposal to be built above the Pitt Street metro station. Image: Oxford Properties

Ensuring a supply of affordable and accessible rental housing is a perpetual problem for governments of all stripes.

In Australia, there are currently more than 400,000 people on waiting lists for public housing across the country, and construction is struggling to keep up with demand. 

Pressure on affordable rental stock has been further exacerbated by the end of the COVID-related moratorium

on rent increases and evictions in recent weeks.