The future of renting: Opportunities and challenges

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

Our third AHURI Discussion Series event – The future of renting: Opportunities and challenges was held at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Tuesday 4 June 2019.

Presentations Audio

AHURI Discussion Series Photos

Event Overview

About the event

The private rental sector has grown by 36 per cent over the last ten years—twice the rate of household growth. More than a quarter of all Australian households—some 2.1 million households—are private renters.

This growth is set to continue as home ownership declines, particularly amongst younger and middle-aged Australians faced with rising house prices and a shrinking social housing sector.

The AHURI Inquiry into the future of the private rental market found the market is fragmenting as it grows. New markets are emerging such as large-scale student housing, new generation boarding houses, build to rent, and affordable rental provided by not-for profit organisations. Meanwhile, precarious and informal housing practices like room and short-stays rentals are becoming more commonplace.

Amidst this rapidly changing landscape, there is a growing recognition of the need to improve the housing experience for tenants and ensure greater standards of service provision. How should policy makers, real estate professionals, tenants and the community sector respond?

This engaging discussion event draws together a panel of thought leaders to explore key opportunities and challenges.

This event will be followed by informal networking drinks and refreshments.

Who should attend?

  • Policy-makers from the housing, planning, infrastructure, finance and human service sectors
  • Community sector leaders and practitioners
  • Private sector leaders and innovators




Registration and refreshments


Welcome by Host

Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI Limited


Research presentation

Dr Chris Martin, UNSW City Futures Research Centre


Peter Davidson, Principal Advisor, ACOSS

Andrew Hansen, National Manager of Operations, Mirvac

Dr Chris Martin, UNSW City Futures Research Centre

Eliza Owen, Research Analyst, Domain

Leo Patterson Ross, Senior Policy Officer, Tenants' Union NSW


Closing by Host

Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI Limited


Networking and refreshments

Venue information

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000

Event times

Registration opens at 3:45pm for a 4:15pm program commencement.
The program concludes at 6:30pm.

Directions to the Australian National Maritime Museum

The venue is located in Darling Harbour, a pleasant 15 minute stroll across Pyrmont Bridge from the centre of Sydney’s CBD, or a 10 minute walk from Sydney Fish Market.

Google Map of area

Getting there

  • Train – a 20 minute walk from Town Hall Station. You can also connect with the L1 Light Rail at Central Station to arrive just across the road from the museum.
  • Bus – The 389 from Bondi Junction stops at the front door.
  • Light Rail – Take the L1 light rail from Central Station, or from Dulwich Hill through the inner west, to Pyrmont Bay stop, right across the road from the museum.
  • Car – Parking available at:
    Harbourside Car Park, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont
    Star Casino Car Park, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont (7am - 6.30pm)

The details

Date: Tuesday 4 June 2019

Time: Registration 3:45pm for 4:15pm start | Program 4:15pm - 6:30pm

Venue: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

Registration terms and conditions

Payment is due at least 7 days prior to the event. If you nominate to pay via bank transfer and payment is not received by the event date, you will not gain admittance.
Refund amounts and deadlines for cancellation of registration are stipulated below.
Transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable. The full name and details (including email, position title, work mobile, work address and dietary requirements) of the person that will replace you must be advised in writing via email.
If you register and then find you are unable to attend the event, please email us prior to the event day.

Non-attendance: No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the event. If your payment is outstanding at the time of the event and you do not show up to the event, you will still be required to pay the registration fee.

Refund policy

90% if cancelled by 17 May 2019
70% if cancelled by 28 May 2019
no refund if cancelled after 28 May 2019