Demonstration Housing

Through the Demonstration Housing project, the ACT Government is engaging with the community and industry stakeholders to deliver a housing demonstration project that supports best practice design, including:

  • excellence in design quality
  • carbon neutral buildings
  • medium density infill
  • innovative planning and engagement approaches
  • innovative housing projects and typologies
  • close partnership with industry bodies and
  • options for public and affordable housing

Increased housing choice is an integral part of the ACT Government's priority of urban renewal that creates viable, safe and attractive communities. This project aims to showcase how we can deliver a compact and active city through innovative planning, design and delivery.


Twenty proposals showcasing a range of housing types and models including co-housing, micro homes, compact units and affordable housing were selected to progress to the next stage of the Demonstration Housing project. These projects aim to deliver innovation in delivery, tenure and building typology in Canberra's suburbs.

Proposals are from a range of applicants including individuals, architects, community and social housing providers and developers.

At this stage, thirteen of the 20 proposals already have a site that they own or are purchasing:

Proponent Housing Type Suburb location
Architect Terrace and micro homes Forrest
Developer Prototype of accessible micro-apartments West Belconnen
Individual Demonstration of a manor house Griffith
Architect Medium density infill, affordable housing units Dickson
Architect Aging in place townhouses. Forrest, O’Connor, Chifley
Developer Tri-occupancy made up of two townhouses with additional adaptable unit. Weston
Individuals Downsizers, unit titling of dual occupancy. Lyneham
Developer partnership Terrace and apartment campus community. Bruce
Organisation Compact dwellings Lyneham
Individual Co-housing Ainslie

Five proposals have requested assistance from the ACT Government to find a site. Sites that are offered to proponents will be sold at full market value. These proposals are:

Proponent Housing Type Potential location
Developer Build to rent (50%), owner occupier 50% Watson
Organisation Co-housing Watson or Lyneham
Organisation Small scale co-housing Ainslie
Developer Demonstration precinct Kingston
Architect/Real Estate agent Build to rent micro units and apartments Belconnen Town Centre
Community housing provider Affordable micro units and apartments Inner North/Mawson


The application process for the project is being run in two stages. The first stage, an Expression of Interest (EOI), closed in May 2018 and assessed the market interest, capability and experience of applicants. Applicants included architects, designers, planners, developers, community and social housing providers, builders, community organisations and individuals.

The EOI received 27 proposals, of which 20 were selected to progress to the next stage of the process.

The second stage of the process is a Request for Proposal (RFP), which requires further detail on the Demonstration Housing concept, financial capacity, further refined plans and a stakeholder and community engagement strategy for the proposal.

The Housing Choices Collaboration Hub assisted in the development of the second stage RFP evaluation criteria – specifically: improving building quality; preserving the garden city character; retaining trees and vegetation to mitigate heat island effect; and encouraging universal design.

There are two types of proposals – those who have a site and those who are requesting to purchase a site from the Territory.

Projects with a site

Applicants were sent a Request for Proposal in early September 2018, and an information session about the RFP was held on 13 September for all Proponents. The RFP closed on Monday 28 January 2019.

Projects without a site

EPSDD is working with applicants without a site to identify suitable Territory land which may be sold at market value if they are successful in the Stage 2 RFT. The RFT will be sent to these applicants in early 2019 once sites have been agreed.

All successful Stage 2 Proposals will be required to present their project to the National Capital Design Review Panel (NCDRP) and receive endorsement from the panel prior to submitting a Development Application.

Request for Proposal Addenda (for Projects with a Site)

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