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The Australian Financial Review Property Summit is the preeminent gathering of the commercial property’s most influential leaders and insiders to dissect the issues facing the sector and identify the opportunities in real estate investment.

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Office subleasing activity in Sydney is expected to increase over the next few months.

Navigating Australia’s dynamic property markets

What rising interest rates mean for the commercial and residential property markets

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Join Australia’s most influential property leaders, investors, commentators and disruptors to discuss the current state of play in housing and commercial markets.



Office subleasing activity in Sydney is expected to increase over the next few months.

Navigating Australia’s dynamic property markets

What rising interest rates mean for the commercial and residential property markets


Exclusive Subscriber Offer - AFR Property Summit

Financial Review subscribers receive a 15% discount on in-person tickets to this event on September 19, 2022.

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Exclusive Subscriber Offer - AFR Property Summit

AFR subscribers receive a 15% discount on in-person tickets to our agenda-setting event on December 1, 2021

The view from the top floor of the property industry

Leaders in the sector talk to property editor Nick Lenaghan about omicron, getting back to the office, the power of privatisation and greening their industry.

Tech is the existential threat facing the property sector

Who knows the most about real estate customers? It is not the landlords, or the agents or managers. It is Facebook or Microsoft.

  • Robert Harley

December 2021

Immigration can help revitalise the country’s CBDs, property executives say.

Kick-start migration to support economic recovery, CEOs urge

Even with a better-than-expected third-quarter economic performance, a resumption of immigration and an end to lockdowns are crucial, property executives say.

  • Michael Bleby, Lucas Baird and Nick Lenaghan

Speed up supply to address housing affordability: property CEOs

Accelerating planning approvals and land releases could help alleviate worsening housing affordability, property executives say.

  • Nila Sweeney
CEO AirTrunk, Robin Khuda, speaking at the Financial Review Property Summit in Sydney. 1st December 2021 Photo: Janie Barrett

Local investors not ‘bold enough’ when it comes to alternative assets

Alternative assets can offer big returns, but one entrepreneur says Australian investors have a tendency to focus on risk rather than opportunity.

  • Martin Kelly
Costs are going up: Harry Triguboff speaking on Wednesday.

Rising costs a risk for developers and builders: Triguboff

Building companies need to give themselves a bigger buffer to account for higher costs and project delays, the veteran developer says.

  • Michael Bleby
Jonathan Hannam says the greater data smarts of big tech operators represent a threat to property operators.

Property sector warned to prepare for big tech disruption

As the property sector looks to embrace data analytics to plan a COVID-19 recovery, concerns are growing that big tech companies could swoop in and cut their lunch.

  • Paul Smith
Focusing on going green: Tony Lombardo at the AFR Property Summit

Embrace green buildings or lose tenants and investors: Lendlease

CEO Tony Lombardo says anyone who hasn’t moved on to developing sustainable building is in trouble.

  • Larry Schlesinger
Charter Hall Office CEO Carmel Hourigan told The Australian Financial Review Property Summit that it was not seeing employers seeking to exit the CBD.

CBD offices making a comeback post-pandemic

Landlords and architects have said demand is on the rise for commercial office space, with the CBD returning as the site to establish companies’ identities.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Structural tax cuts will boost produc

Lockdown ended and Melburnians went shopping

Scentre Group boss Peter Allen says foot traffic at his shopping centres in Victoria has bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.

  • Lucas Baird
Global supply chain problems are flowing through to more demand for warehousing.

Two years for supply chains to unclog, but stockpiling to stay

The boss of industrial property giant ESR says his sector’s boom will continue on the back of higher inventory levels in warehouses and surging e-commerce demand.

  • Martin Kelly
‘No one’s too big to be privatised’: Charter Hall boss David Harrison on Wednesday.

Property CEOs vulnerable to takeover by flood of private capital

CEOs representing about $44b in market value of real estate investment trusts agree that underperforming assets are at risk of being taken private.

  • Michael Bleby, Larry Schlesinger and Martin Kelly

November 2021

Lendlease’s chief operating officer and head of Americas Denis Hickey sees opportunity in the supply-chain crisis.

Lendlease sees endless opportunities in Google, supply crisis

The search giant, logistics problems and getting people back into offices are key areas occupying the property company’s head of Americas.

  • Matthew Cranston

September 2020

LOGOS' John Marsh: We have been beneficiaries of the ecommerce boom.

E-commerce driving demand for longer warehouse leases

LOGOS co-founder John Marsh says a trend to emerge during the COVID-19 crisis is the demand for longer, more secure rental agreements.

  • Larry Schlesinger
Dexus chief executive Darren Steinberg and Brookfield managing partner Sophie Fallman were panellists at the Financial Review Property Summit on Tuesday.

Why property chiefs want a return to CBDs

The red-hot topic of ending or scaling back work from home generated the most passionate responses at the annual Australian Financial Review Property Summit.

  • Tony Boyd
Australia has globally attractive cities to invest into.

Time to get the offices and malls busy again

The longer that CBDs and suburban malls remain subdued, the more damaging and lasting the recession will be.

  • The AFR View

Property titans differ on the future of cities

Not even leaders of the property industry agree on the future of our post-COVID-19 world of work.

  • Michael Bleby
Canadian asset manager Brookfield's head of real estate in Australia Sophie Fallman.

Property leaders urge CEOs to lead return to the office

The country's biggest office and retail landlords have implored both the business sector and governments to get their staff back working in offices to help reignite the economy in its CBD heartland.

  • Nick Lenaghan, Larry Schlesinger and Michael Bleby

Top property stocks face buyout threat

Negativity over office towers and retail malls could ultimately be the catalyst for major corporate action.

  • Nick Lenaghan
Gilbert and Tobin's special counsel Nicola Clayton told the Summit that there is a spirit of collaboration between lenders and borrowers regarding valuations.

Property lenders tout pandemic collaboration

Australia's largest property lenders say it would be a mistake to sit on their hands, even in such an uncertain environment.

  • Jonathan Shapiro
UBS head of real estate Australasia Tim Church addressed The Australian Financial Review Property Summit on Tuesday afternoon.

Investment banks to 'step up' M&A financing in 2021

Investment banks with a balance sheet at their disposal will play a bigger role in post-pandemic property merger and acquisition activity says UBS' Tim Church.

  • Tim Boyd
Peter Allen says says rent relief "can't last forever".

Time for landlords to wind back rental support: Scentre's Allen

Scentre Group chief executive Peter Allen says the substantial level of support landlords have provided tenants cannot continue forever.

  • Larry Schlesinger