Demonstration Housing

The ACT Government is committed to the planning and delivery of housing that supports a vibrant, compact and sustainable city. It is important that Canberra, as the nation's capital, takes a national leadership role on housing design and delivery. Our city's growth and demographic changes highlight the need to take a closer look at how our current housing strategy responds to those changes.

Demonstration Housing Precincts provide an opportunity to showcase innovative housing design and delivery in real world examples, including:

  • infill compact housing
  • small houses
  • co-housing
  • mixed-tenure
  • design-led
  • long-term rental housing.

The Government is now seeking innovative development proposals that target a number of demonstration areas, including:

  • environmental performance
  • innovative design
  • innovative delivery or tenure
  • affordability.

The expression of interest (EOI) will be run in two stages. The first stage is currently open and aims to assess the market interest, capability and experience of suitably qualified and experienced applicants to provide proposals for Demonstration Housing Projects which meet some or all of the project objectives specified by the Legislative Assembly. Applicants may include architects, designers, planners, developers, community and social housing providers, builders, community organisations and individuals.

After assessing proposals received from the Stage 1 EOI, the Directorate will refine the requirements for the next stage of the process. Stage 1 EOI does not require detailed plans to be prepared. Proposals that already have a site, and those for which a site has not yet been identified will be accepted. The Stage 1 EOI should include the information required as outlined in the returnable schedules. A list of Territory owned sites which may be considered for sale to successful Applicants will be advised as part of the Stage 2 process. It is intended that Demonstration Housing Projects will be distributed across districts in the ACT.

A range of incentives for Demonstration Housing Projects will be considered by Government. Expressions of Interest must identify any particular assistance that would be required from Government to ensure project viability. This could include exemptions from specific Territory Plan controls, identification of appropriate sites, or assistance with industry expertise and project coordination.

Expressions of interest for stage one close 17 May 2018.

Expression of interest documents

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