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The HIA Economics Group

HIA Economics provides HIA members, industry and media with a trusted source of economic data, analysis and commentary relating to the Australian housing industry’s activity and trends. Our team of highly experienced economists are a reliable source of information on industry conditions, emerging trends, future scenarios, policy advice and more.

We can help you with:

  • Latest papers and releases on the Australian housing industry outlook
  • Strategic reviews and business plans
  • Board papers and impact statements
  • Company budgets
  • Tailored market research
  • Reports and business decisions
  • Presentations and briefings

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  • Tim Reardon

    Tim Reardon

    Chief Economist

    Tim Reardon has an extensive background in economics and industry policy.  He was the Executive Director of the National Generators Forum, representing electricity businesses through the introduction and repeal of the Carbon Price. He was also responsible for policy for the Federal Chamber of Automotive industries. Tim has also worked for the HIA as the Executive Director (Tasmania) and in Government Relations before joining HIA Economics in 2017.

  • Geordan Murray

    Geordan Murray

    Senior Economist

    Geordan Murray joined the HIA Economics team in 2010. He came to the HIA with a broad background in finance and economics, having gained experience in the banking industry and as an investment analyst. He has an honours qualification from Deakin University in Melbourne, where his research included analysis of the dynamics of Australian housing prices.

    Within the Economics team Geordan plays a key role in the development, analysis and modelling of housing policy options, manages HIA’s residential building forecasting program, and is the author of a number of the group’s publications. He regularly assists HIA members with their information requests and data requirements, and plays a key role in the delivery of dedicated research projects for clients of Australian Construction Insights (ACI) - the economic consultancy arm of HIA Economics.

  • Diwa Hopkins

    Diwa Hopkins

    Senior Economist

    Diwa graduated from the Australian National University in 2010 with a combined Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Economics.  During her studies she gained experience in policy research in the area of trade and international affairs with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Diwa continued with a policy focus in the area of remote public housing in her role as a graduate with the Northern Territory’s Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services.  As a graduate, she also completed statistical work on NT social housing under the Council of Australian Governments’ National Affordable Housing Agreement. 

    Diwa joined the HIA in late 2011 and her responsibilities extend across the full range of member services and research, and publications which the HIA Economics provides. She also acts as a point of contact for HIA members on economic and housing issues.

  • Thomas Devitt

    Thomas Devitt


    Tom joined HIA Economics as Economist in 2018 and assists in the research and analysis of housing market trends and forecasts for the purpose of informing policy debate and HIA’s advocacy agenda.

    After obtaining his degree in Economics (Honours) and Commerce at the University of Western Australia in 2010, he spent most of the next eight years working as an economist for private sector consultancies. During this time, he worked on projects engaging with and providing advice to all levels of government, as well as private sector clients and the community sector. His project experience spans across a range of economic development areas, including the tourism and accommodation sector, the property sector, agriculture, environmental sustainability, and social policy.

    Tom is an avid follower of economic developments in Australia around the globe. On the domestic front, Tom’s areas of interest include tax policy, urban development and the role of monetary and fiscal policy in addressing Australia’s multi-speed economy. On the international front, his areas of interest include financial crises, and trends in globalisation, economic inequality and frictions in global trade. Tom is also an active member and media liaison for the Economic Society of Australia.

  • Angela Lillicrap

    Angela Lillicrap


    Angela graduated from the University of Canberra in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, majoring in economics. After finishing her degree she spent two years in the United Kingdom working at a fin-tech company which specialized in providing investment platforms to major financial institutions. She gained experience in the banking and financial industry specializing in asset reconciliations and CASS (client assets) regulations enforced by the Financial Conduct Authority. Having lived and worked overseas in both France and the U.K, Angela has a keen interest in world politics. In her spare time Angela also runs a small business as a scuba diving instructor. This is fuelled by her passion for the ocean and environmental sustainability.

  • Kirsten Lewis

    Kirsten Lewis

    Economics Coordinator

    Kirsten Lewis joined the HIA Economics Group in 2004 and is the first point of contact with the HIA Economics for a large number of HIA members and wider industry participants and is well known in this regard.

    Kirsten has responsibility for a wide range of regular HIA member requests and data updates, and coordinates the large suite of Economics publications together with the Economics website. Kirsten has extensive experience overseeing survey-based research projects, both internally and for the purposes of tailored market research.