Boosting housing supply in NSW

We are delivering a build-to-rent program with projects in the South Coast and Northern Rivers regions, supporting the NSW Government’s commitment to boosting housing supply and delivering more secure and affordable housing for regional NSW.

The build-to-rent projects we are leading will increase the supply of rental housing in two regional areas where people are feeling the stresses of rising rents and limited housing availability.

Build-to-rent housing is designed and built to provide long-term rental homes, typically in the form of apartments which provide people with secure tenure and stable rents.

We are aiming to complete the two build-to-rent projects in 2026, ready for residents to move in. The build-to-rent housing will be managed by a government agency or community housing provider.

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Build-to-rent projects

South Coast project

We are delivering 60 build-to-rent apartments in Bomaderry, north of Nowra, that will provide future renters with easy access to transport and other amenities.

Northern Rivers project

We are delivering around 50 build-to-rent apartments in East Lismore, close to shops, education, open space and other community infrastructure. 

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Build-to-rent is purpose-built housing designed for rent, rather than sale. It is designed and built specifically for long-term renters to provide secure housing, typically in the form of apartments.

In Australia, build-to-rent is predominantly owned, managed, and operated by institutional investors as long-term assets, with revenue generated through the lease of the dwellings over time.

Housing affordability and availability is one of the biggest pressures facing NSW residents. The NSW Government is investing in the delivery of secure housing assets to boost supply in key regional areas with economies impacted by low housing availability. 

The pilot projects will evolve into a program funded by the NSW Government to secure homes for hard-working people in regional areas experiencing housing stress. The program is founded on the principle of recouping costs and returning a profit over time to reinvest into more housing.

More than one-third of households renting in regional NSW are experiencing rental stress, leaving a large portion of the population vulnerable to changes in interest rates, wages and rental prices.

While build-to-rent is very common in European and North American cities, it is only just taking hold in Australian cities. However, investors have not yet ventured into regional areas, which is why the NSW Government is backing build-to-rent in regional NSW. 

The two pilot projects will deliver supply into regional housing markets and increase affordability in areas feeling the combined stresses of rising rents and lack of housing availability.

As a NSW Government owned development organisation, Landcom is well suited to coordinate planning, approvals and construction of these projects. The NSW Government is funding development and will retain ownership of the housing, which will be managed by a suitable government agency or a community housing provider. 

The build-to-rent projects in the South Coast and Northern Rivers regions are pilot projects to provide long-term rental housing in regional areas impacted by low housing supply and/or low rental vacancy rates. Landcom is seeking to deliver a sustainable and replicable build-to-rent model that will support the rollout of more regional build-to-rent projects in the future.

Subject to approvals, Landcom is aiming to complete the two build-to-rent projects in 2026, ready for residents to move in.

The build-to-rent properties and tenancies will be managed by a government agency or community housing provider. Details will be made available closer to project completion.  

Yes. The extent of affordable rental housing at each site will be subject to development feasibility considerations which are being confirmed through the planning process. 

We are currently planning for at least 20% affordable rental housing at our Bomaderry project.

Affordable housing is designated for those on very low, low, and moderate household incomes, including the key workers who keep our cities and towns moving, such as retail and childcare workers, nurses and teachers. Affordable housing is priced so these households can meet their other essential living costs, such as food, clothing, transport, medical care and education. Housing is usually considered affordable if it costs less than 30% of gross household income.


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