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The HIA Economics Group

HIA’s Economics Group 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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To contact the HIA Economics Group please call 02 6245 1393 or email

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  • Harley Dale

    Harley Dale

    Chief Economist - National Office

    Harley Dale has over 20 years experience as an economist and has held a wide variety of roles across New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.

    After beginning his career as an international economist specialising in East Asia, Harley has for the past 15 years focused primarily on Australia's construction industry, especially the residential sector. He brought up ten years at HIA in September 2013 and has held the position of HIA Chief Economist since November 2007.

    Harley manages the HIA Economics Group, a team which strives to continually deliver prompt and reliable member service in addition to pursuing a wide-ranging housing policy research agenda.

    Harley is a highly regarded public speaker on the residential construction industry and is a regular media commentator on housing-related issues. Harley is a member of the Construction Forecasting Council of the Australian Construction Industry Forum, the Economics and Taxation Committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Advisory Board of the Centre for Best Practice Building Control. Outside of work commitments Harley holds the position of Treasurer on the board of PIYE Incorporated, a charity organisation founded in Sydney which funds community development projects in Kenya.

  • Shane Garrett

    Shane Garrett

    Senior Economist

    Over the last decade, Shane Garrett has worked as an economist in Ireland, the UK and Australia. This has included a variety of roles including forecasting, research, consultancy and the provision of expert advice in the housing sector. Shane has worked across organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Key projects worked on include the forecasting of the international economy and of housing market indicators across several economies. He has also been involved in the assessment and appraisal of policy measures in the residential property sector, such as tax measures and social housing programs.

    As Senior Economist in the HIA Economics Group, Shane is responsible for the production of HIA economics reports and briefings for members. He conducts in-depth analysis of housing market policy and data with a view to developing evidence based proposals regarding better outcomes for the residential construction industry. He acts as a point of contact with HIA members on economic and housing issues. Shane regularly delivers presentations to HIA members and industry stakeholders across Australia in order to communicate the current economic trends affecting the housing market and discuss important issues affecting the industry.

    Shane’s qualifications include a Bachelor degree in Economics and Mathematics and a Masters in Business Economics. Both qualifications were obtained from University College Cork in Ireland.

  • Geordan Murray

    Geordan Murray


    Geordan Murray joined the HIA Economics Group as an economist in 2010 with a background in finance and economics. Geordan graduated from Deakin University in Melbourne in 2006 having completed a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Applied Science. In 2007, he continued his Commerce studies at the Honours level and completed a thesis entitled “Australian House Price Dynamics: The Role of Financial Wealth” which investigated relationships between the housing market and financial markets. It was during this time that he developed a keen interest in the economic, demographic, and policy issues relating to Australia’s housing industry.

    Geordan manages the HIA Economics Group’s economic and industry forecasting program, authors a number of the Group’s publications, provides presentations to HIA members and industry stakeholders and acts as a point of contact for HIA members.

  • Diwa Hopkins

    Diwa Hopkins


    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 Group provides. She also acts as a point of contact for HIA members on economic and housing issues.

  • Kirsten Lewis

    Kirsten Lewis

    Economics Group Co-ordinator

    Kirsten is the first point of contact for HIA members, media and industry seeking information and advice from the HIA Economics Group. She has responsibility for a wide range of regular HIA member requests and data updates, and coordinates the Group’s publications. Kirsten has extensive experience overseeing survey-based research projects, both internally and for the purposes of tailored market research.