{{ propApi.closeIcon }}
Our industry
Our industry $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Economic research & forecasting Economics Housing outlook Tailored market research Economic reports & data Inspiring Australia's building professionals Business & digital Products & innovation Projects HOUSING Online The only place to get your industry news Media releases Member alerts Submissions See all
Business support
Business support $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Become an apprentice host Hire an apprentice Why host a HIA apprentice? Apprentice partner program Builder & manufacturer program Industry insurance Construction legal expenses insurance Construction works insurance Home warranty insurance Tradies & tool insurance Planning & safety solutions Building & planning services How can safety solutions help you? Independent site inspections Solutions for your business Contracts Online HIA Tradepass HIA SafeScan Advertise jobs Trusted support & guidance Contracts & compliance support Professional services Industrial relations Member savings Toyota vehicles Fuel savings Handy pay See all
Resources & advice
Resources & advice $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Building it right Building codes Australian standards Getting it right on site See all Building materials & products Concrete, bricks & walls Getting products approved Use the right products for the job See all Managing your business Dealing with contracts Handling disputes Managing your employees See all Managing your safety Falls from heights Safety rules Working with silica See all Building your business Growing your business Maintaining your business See all Other subjects COVID-19 Getting approval to build Sustainable homes See all
Careers & learning
Careers & learning $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
A rewarding career Become an apprentice Apprenticeships on offer Frequently asked questions Study with us Find a course to suit you Qualification courses Learning on demand A job in the industry Get your builder's licence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Find jobs
HIA community
HIA community $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Join HIA Sign me up How do I become a member? What's in it for me? Mates rates Get involved Become an award judge Join a committee Partner with us Our initiatives GreenSmart Kitchen, bathroom and design hub Get to know us Our members Our people Our partners Support for you Charitable Foundation Mental health program
Awards & events
Awards & events $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Awards Awards program People & Business Awards GreenSmart Australian Housing Awards Awards winners Regional Award winners Australian Housing Award winners 2023 Australian Home of the Year Enter online Industry events Events in the next month Economic outlook National Conference Events calendar
HIA products
HIA products $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
Shop @ HIA Digital Australian Standards Contracts Online Shipping & delivery Purchasing T&Cs See all Products Purchase NCC 2022 Building codes & standards Economic reports Hard copy contracts Guides & manuals
About Contact Newsroom
$vuetify.icons.faTimes
$vuetify.icons.faMapMarker Set my location Use the field below to update your location
Address
Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.text}} {{region}} Change location
{{propApi.title}}
{{propApi.successMessage}} {{region}} Change location

$vuetify.icons.faPhone1300 650 620

Queensland shakes off COVID to have the strongest construction market

Media release

Queensland shakes off COVID to have the strongest construction market

Media release
Queensland continues to have the strongest residential market in the country as the state avoided lengthy lockdowns that occurred along the rest of the east coast.

The HIA Housing Scorecard report presents analysis which ranks each of the eight states and territories based on the performance of 13 key residential building indicators against their decade average covering, detached and multi-unit building activity, renovations, housing finance, and rates of overseas and interstate migration. 

“Demand for new detached and multi-unit construction has remained strong even with lockdowns. It appears that the more time people spend in lockdown, the higher demand is for detached housing and renovations activity. As a result, building activity is booming in every market. Queensland has continued to capitalise on these shifting trends and its low COVID infections to have the strongest residential construction market in the country,” added Ms Lillicrap.

“Renovations activity in Queensland, both approvals and actual expenditure, is booming. HomeBuilder, low interest rates and a shift to lower density housing and a desire for more space is driving renovations activity across the country. 

“Queensland has also benefitted from an influx of residents from Sydney and Melbourne which has helped to offset the loss of overseas migration which is a key driver for housing demand.

“The only area in which Queensland underperformed, relative to other jurisdictions, was detached home commencements. The state ranked second last on this indicator despite detached commencements still being exceptionally strong, up by 26.6 per cent on the decade average.

“New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria have all climbed up the rankings despite lockdowns impacting work on the ground.

“Despite a resurgence in residential construction in Western Australia, the state has fallen to seventh position in the Scorecard. The mining boom is still included in Western Australia decade average making it hard for the state to crack the top four places of the Scorecard.

“Overall, Western Australia’s score has more than doubled from 24 points in December 2018 to 51 points in this Report, highlighting how much the state’s housing market has improved.,” concluded Ms Lillicrap.

Residential market analysis
Market analysis

For copies of the publication contact Kirsten Lewis at k.lewis@hia.com.au

For more information please contact:

Angela Lillicrap

Economist

Thomas Devitt

Economist
Latest articles
View all news $vuetify.icons.faArrowRight
22 Feb
Land Development Pre-DCR Clearance Process

New fast-tracked process to access land titles earlier for eligible developments.

22 Feb
2024-2025 Northern Territory Pre-Budget Submission

HIA submitted the Northern Territory pre-budget submission to the NT Chief Minister.

21 Feb
Mulch sold in ACT confirmed to contain bonded asbestos

Following on from the discovery of traces of bonded asbestos in garden mulch that has been distributed in Sydney, samples tested in Canberra by WorkSafe ACT have also proved positive for the substance.

21 Feb
Future of local government review

On 20 January 2024 HIA made a submission to the Tasmanian Government on the Future of Local Government Final Report.

QLD Claim for Extension of Time (Pad of 20)

Builders who want an extension of time for completing work will need this Queensland Claim for Extension of Time pad, which includes 50 sheets. This product complies with Queensland legislation as the builder must advise the clien...

QLD Minor Works Contract (under $3K) (Pad of 20)

This contract is suitable for minor projects up to a value of $3300, such as a patio or shed installation, which doesn't require building approval. It’s available in a handy tear-off pad of 20. This is a hard copy document and wil...

QLD Progress Claim Certificate (Pad of 20)

The Queensland Progress Claim Certificate (pad of 20) provides an efficient way for a builder to claim payment from a client or financial institution. This is a hard copy version of the certificate and will be mailed to you once ...

QLD Variation Document (Pad of 25)

The Queensland Variation Document Pad (of 25) details changes or variations to works requiring an update to the contract between builder and owner. It can also be used for variations between builder and sub-contractor. This is a ...