This exciting new course has been designed to strengthen the capacity of planners to negotiate affordable housing agreements.

This new intensive half day course provides fundamental training that will equip participants with skills and knowledge to successfully negotiate voluntary affordable housing outcomes.
Better understand property development economics analysis in considering any planning decision
Develop key questions and understanding to engage in conversation about the development prospects for a specific site
Build your knowledge of the factors that determine if a development project is financially viable
Understand the planning choices available to allow the inclusion of affordable housing in a specific development
Improve your ability to negotiate with developers


Please contact if you are interested in attending this event. 


Course Details and Framework


8:15am: Registration / Tea and Coffee
8:30am: Property Economics - Session 1
10:30am: Morning Break
11:00am: Property Economics - Session 2
12:15pm: Affordable Housing - Session 3
1:00pm: Concludes


Property Economics

• Property Development – an opportunistic business
• Commercial awareness
• Financial Analysis in Property Development
• Making Financial Decisions
• Property Risk
• Feasibility Analysis
• Negotiating with Developers

Affordable Housing

• What is affordable housing and the current legislation
• How can this fit into the commercial property development world?
• Different affordable and social housing types and who the housing is targeted at
• Case Studies - Lessons - hard learnings

Our Property Development Economics and Affordable Housing Course

The intensive introductory course is an initiative of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and will provide a basic understanding of property development economics, negotiating with developers, commercial application and much more to assist in delivering successful affordable housing outcomes in residential development.

In line with the Victorian Government’s initiative to encourage the voluntary provision of affordable housing from the private sector, this course has been developed by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Victoria Division) to deliver targeted and informative content with real world case studies.

Course Presenters

Rob Taber – UDIA Course Facilitator
Winner of UDIA Distinguished Service Award
DELWP UDIA Course Presenter of Property Economics Content
Dip CE, BE(Hons), M Eng Sc, MBA

Rob has almost 30 years’ experience in land development including senior roles at the Urban Land Corporation (now Places Victoria) and Villawood Properties. These roles involved all facets of the development process from acquisition, feasibility, funding, planning approvals and delivery through to sales and settlement. This also included pioneering the development of contaminated land on such projects as Albion Explosives Factory (Cairnlea estate) and the South Melbourne Gasworks.

Prior to this Rob undertook the design and construction of a range of large engineering structures including bridges, water treatment plants, major dams and industrial buildings. This involved the project management of several major projects such as the MCG light towers.

Rob is the UDIA 6-Day Property Development Program Facilitator and presenter of content on commercial awareness, property economics and project management.

Karen Janiszewski – Founder, Urbanxchange
DELWP UDIA  Course Presenter of Affordable Housing Content
Bachelor of Science (Building), Graduate Diploma of Property,
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Karen has a long and successful history in affordable housing and is also an experienced property developer. Karen works on strategic property development and asset management outcomes. Having worked extensively with State and Local Governments, developers, financiers, and not-for-profits including community housing providers, Karen brings sound commercial judgement and a unique perspective to the challenges, drivers and constraints faced by each of these industries.

With over 30 years in the property development and construction markets, and building and graduate diploma qualifications, Karen knows how to initiate positive change in the management and delivery of projects. She has managed hotel, commercial and residential developments, and teams on project acquisitions and tenders. She was the Director of Affordable Housing at Lend Lease Communities and has also held the role of Project Director of Kensington Banks. Karen is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and sits on several private, government and not-for-profit boards.

Karen facilitates affordable housing outcomes across the housing industry continuum and draws on a breadth of experience in the property development and construction markets.

Karen has a significant track record in the conceptualisation, planning and delivery of large and complex mixed-use developments. In seeking successful affordable housing outcomes for any development, Karen accepts the industry challenge to deliver:

• Affordable housing that will cover many tenures, community rental, and private rental, innovative financing, low cost purchase and purchase. A broad variety of tenures allows greater access to a range of household types and incomes.

• Integrated affordable housing into broader areas that will deliver greater community diversity. Thus, in the long term, assisting in the creation of a ‘high quality sustainable community’ which is integrated in an economic, social and physical sense.

• The provision of high-quality homes that will deliver diversity and housing choices to the community.

Karen works with developers, government financiers and community housing providers, and understands the key drivers for each of the segments.

Cancellation policy

Any cancellations must be requested in writing; no refunds will be given to cancellations made less than seven (7) business days prior to the starting date. 

Terms and conditions

Payment is required prior to the starting date. UDIA (Victoria) reserves the right to alter speaker/s or timings of the program or cancel the event in its entirety. Your registration is accepted on the basis of these conditions. The information you provide in the registration process will be stored in UDIA Victoria’s database and you will be subscribed to our email alerts. If you do not wish your details to be made available to external parties, we ask that you notify us by a written request to . UDIA (Victoria) may take photos and/or video during the program. These images and footage may be used in future promotions that include but are not limited to website, direct mail, marketing collateral, email, sales documents and other uses by UDIA (Victoria). Should a registered participant seek to be excluded from such future uses of images, you must register your request with the UDIA staff member on the day of the designated event.