Smith Street Build-to-Rent project

An innovative project to deliver new social and affordable housing in partnership with WA’s community housing sector.

The Department of Communities is seeking to establish an innovative Build-to-Rent housing development in partnership with a community housing provider (CHP) or CHP-led consortium to deliver social, affordable and market rental housing on a government-owned site.

In a WA first, the successful CHP will provide integrated asset and tenancy management services under a Ground Lease for a period of up to 49 years.

Lot 501 Smith Street, Highgate – the site of the former public housing apartment complex known as Stirling Towers – has been selected as the prime location to deliver this innovative housing opportunity.

Located approximately two kilometres from the Perth CBD, the site offers an excellent opportunity to deliver a residential development close to public transport, schools and tertiary education facilities, retail and entertainment offerings and other key amenities.

A procurement process is underway to identify a suitable partner to deliver this innovative new housing project and undertake the ongoing tenancy and property management.

This project is a key component of the WA Government’s Housing Diversity Pipeline of sites identified to deliver social housing stock in the short to medium term.

Further information will be made available on this page as the project progresses.

Media statement

Pilot Build-to-Rent development proposal for Stirling Towers

See also

Smith Street Build-to-Rent Information Memorandum

Housing main page


Page reviewed 9 August 2022