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Formed in May 2022, the Student Accommodation Council gives a voice to the critically important purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector which provides homes for over 76,500 students per year, a figure that continues to grow. 

Providing vibrant and connected housing options for students underpins Australia’s largest service export – international education. Ensuring a strong pipeline of beds also reduces pressure on the broader residential rental market by providing a safe, student-only housing choice.

Our advocacy priorities are to remove the barriers to growth in this alternative residential asset class and grow the sector Australia-wide.

Better investment frameworks will ensure that PBSA in Australia can continue to garner international interest and house the next generation of leaders.

Torie Brown
Student Accommodation Executive Director
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Supply – Work with governments and the sector to increase the supply of PBSA in Australia, unlocking the rental market and providing safe and professionally managed housing options for students.

Growth – Support the PBSA sector by removing barriers to growth like foreign investor taxes and charges.

Education – Increase awareness about the important economic, social and wellbeing impacts of the sector amongst policy makers, investors, educational institutions and the public.

Unity – Work with the entire education supply chain to strengthen relationships between institutions, accommodation providers and all levels of government. 

Consistency – Provide consistent regulatory frameworks for PBSA providers across Australia, ensuring an even playing field that encourages investment regardless of jurisdiction.


Historic focus on student accommodation welcomed

The Student Accommodation Council has welcomed the government’s historic recognition in the Budget of the critical role purpose-built student accommodation sector (PBSA) plays in providing a first-class experience for international students but warned against forcing universities to compete directly with the private market.

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The role of our Division Council is to best represent the interests of all members across the Student Accommodation sector. Council members are nominated by industry peers and elected for a two year term, with the President also securing a position on the National Board. Division Councils are responsible for driving the Property Council’s agenda specific to the Division, and leveraging the Property Council’s campaigns and initiatives to achieve targeted results. The Division Council meets monthly and the current representatives commenced their tenure in April 2023. 

Not a member yet?

The Student Accommodation Council represents the interests of 11 member companies. Between them, these companies own and manage more than 60,000 beds across Australia with current assets worth more than $20 billion.

We welcome membership from organisations who own, build, invest in or manage purpose-built student accommodation.

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