Three suburbs in the Australian Capital Territory have emerged as the nation’s leading housing markets, according to the latest analysis of population growth and building approvals.

In the 2014 edition of its Population & Residential Building Hotspots report, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) has identified more than 40 ‘hot spots’ around Australia – localities in which the dollar value of new dwellings approved for construction during 2012/13 amounted to at least $100 million and which saw proportional population increases during that year which exceeded the national average of 1.8 per cent.

In terms of rankings (according to population growth), the Australian Capital Territory dominated the list, with Crace, Boner and Casey taking out the top three spots with population growth of 58.1 per cent, 43.3 per cent and 40.6 per cent respectively.

With eight individual markets in the Top 20, meanwhile, Victoria performed well, while Western Australia had four (all in the Top 10) and New South Wales and Queensland managed three and two respectively.

Of particular interest in major cities was the strength of inner Melbourne (ranked fourth), where the HIA noted that a whopping $385 million in dwelling approvals and 22.7 per cent population growth augured well for the revitalisation of the nation’s second largest city.

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Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett said markets in the ACT and Victoria had defied gloomy predictions, and that while no markets in Tasmania or South Australia had made the Top 20, "the gradually improving situation in both markets means that we can look forward to them battling it out at the national level in the near future."

Garrett welcomed the spread of the hotspots across geographic regions, and said overall momentum in residential construction started last year and has continued into 2013/14.

“New dwelling commencements in Australia rose to 162,000 during 2012/13, an increase of 11.7 percent,” he said. “The HIA Hotspots report shows that the expansion in activity has been quite broad based, with a good showing by most states in the nation’s hottest local markets.”

“Further strong growth during 2013/14 means that we can look forward to the Hotspots club gaining more new members in the next report.”

  • Last time I looked Tasmania was still part of Australia, but unfortunately not on your map

  • Andrew Heaton
    Andrew Heaton
    Industry Journalist
    2 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Ashton,

    Thanks for your comment. The image containing the hotspots map was provided to Sourceable and others by Housing Industry Association with their media release, and we simply put it up as it was given to us by HIA.

    I can only assume the reason HIA have included only the mainland here is that the mainland is where all of the hotspots are located at the moment. I'm sure they did not intend to imply that Tasmania was any lesser part of Australia than anywhere else and certainly, Sourceable had no intention of leaving that impression in our use of their image.

    Tasmania certainly is, and hopefully always will be, part of our great nation.

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