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The ABS released preliminary data on Construction Work undertaken across all states and territories for the March quarter of 2022.
“Activity early in the year was held back by the staff absences associated with the COVID-19 Omicron outbreak and the extended leave many Australians took over the summer holiday period,” added Mr Devitt.
“There is still an enormous pipeline of work to complete across all regions.
“At the end of 2021, there were 75.7 per cent more detached homes under construction than pre-pandemic. The volume of detached homes approved but not yet commenced was also at a record high.
“These figures represent not just the HomeBuilder boom, but also the ongoing demand for housing during the pandemic as Australians sought more space and amenity in their living environment.
“As highlighted in HIA’s latest Outlook Report, released yesterday, this strong ongoing demand has occurred at the same time as significant constraints on materials, land and labour. This has resulted in rapid increases in the cost of construction and extended construction time frames.
“This will sustain elevated levels of building activity through to December 2023 and beyond, even with interest rates on the rise.
“The value of multi-unit construction increased by 2.6 per cent in the March 2022 quarter, though this is still well down from the peak of the previous cycle.
“Affordability issues in the detached market, as well as an acute rental shortage and the return of overseas migrants, students and tourists, should increasingly shift demand back towards higher density living.
“With detached home building remaining at capacity during 2023 and the volume of multi-unit commencements increasing, the shortage of building materials, land and labour will continue to be the main pinch point for the industry,” concluded Mr Devitt.
"A slow return of overseas migration is easing the adverse impact of a loss of workers from Australia’s two largest states,” stated Tim Reardon, HIA’s Chief Economist.
The Victorian Government has announced a further lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in relation to vaccination requirements.
The Certificate of Occupancy requirements for Class 1 buildings were suspended on 16 December 2021 to run until 30 June 2022.
This infosheet provides an overview of what cost plus contracts are, how they are used and how to avoid common issues. HIA has a Tasmania Cost Plus Contract for sale available for purchase through Contracts Online.