In the pipeline 2022

 

As identified by the just released HIA New Home Sales Report, "new home sales in the first three months of 2022 remained exceptionally strong, down by 2.8 per cent on the previous quarter, but still remaining well above pre-pandemic levels. Despite a difficult start to the year, with staff absences associated with the Omicron outbreak and extended holiday leave, new home sales continue to sustain levels usually associated with government stimulus. This demand continues to be driven by a shortage of homes and an acutely tight rental market that has resulted in rapid house price and rental price growth. Tighter lending conditions have had minimal impact on the market to date.

Most states saw an increase in sales in March 2022. New South Wales and Western Australia saw declines, though New South Wales has still been leading the nation, with a significant amount of latent demand remaining unsatisfied after HomeBuilder. The volume of work under construction and approved but not yet commenced will continue to keep builders busy across Australia, supporting strong levels of employment into 2023. Even as borders re-open and the functioning of supply chains improves, the salient constraint on builders this year will continue to be the availability of land, labour and materials. Shortages of shovel-ready land are especially likely to weigh on new home sales in the coming months as the pool of available land has been exhausted. Add to this another strong result for the value of renovations approved and the key indicators point to a strong project pipeline for 2022 and beyond."

Dahlsens will continue to monitor supply chain challenges and costs closely. We are working around the clock to leverage our buying power in order to supply as many customers as possible and to minimise price impacts from our suppliers. We are confident that we are well placed to meet demand particularly for framing timber, however, we do forecast shortages of LVL as a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The strength of our key suppliers and majority Australian made products play an important role in our ability to meet customer demand.

We ask that forward orders are placed by our customers as soon as requirements are known to assist us to support you.

For your information, below is a compilation of news and updates compiled from referenced sources.

Scroll down for HIA Building Approvals Data, February 2022

 

INDUSTRY NEWS IN REVIEW

In the news: What's in the Federal Budget for builders?

Master Builders Victoria (MBV) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that it will be expanding its First Home Guarantee Scheme to help thousands more Victorians enter the property market. 

MBV believes the scheme’s extension is another step in addressing housing affordability and will help more Victorians build and own their own home. 

The Federal Government also announced last night it would commit an additional $2 billion in funding to NHFIC to support the delivery of affordable housing. 

Meanwhile, MBV has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s $365.3 million investment to support an extra 35,000 apprentices and trainees get into work, especially considering current skills shortages, including bricklayers, carpenters, and concreters. 

MBV also supports the new Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Scheme from 1 July 2022, which will help address skills shortages by supporting employers and apprentices in priority occupations such as bricklayers, cabinet makers, carpenters, wall and floor tilers and roof plumbers. 

$954 million will be provided over five years to support this. To encourage more women into trades, the Federal Government will provide $38.6 million over the next four years to allow additional support to women who commence trade occupations that are higher paying on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.  

Article from 30th March 2022 Master Builders Association READ MORE

In the news: Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement Wage Subsidy

MBV welcomes the announcement from The Australian Government to extend the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) and the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) wage support initiatives that support the recruitment of apprentices and trainees.  

Enrolments for the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement wage subsidy, which provides employers with 12 months of wage subsidy support, are being extended to the end of the 2021-22 financial year (June 30 2022). 

Employers who take on an apprentice or trainee before June 30 will be able to have their wages subsidised by 50% for the first year - up to a maximum of $28,000. The wage subsidy will be reduced to 10% in the second year and 5% in the third year.  

Article from 5th April 2022 Master Builders Association READ MORE

In the news: PEFC ruling on conflict timber to affect Australia for years to come

The decision by the world’s largest international forestry certifier to designate all timber originating from Russia and Belarus as ‘conflict timber’ banning this timber from being used in PEFC-certified products will have real and significant potential to impact on Australia’s construction needs in the decades to come. Source: Timberbiz

South Australian Forest Products Association CEO, Mr Nathan Paine said that with around 25% of Australia’s timber imports originating from Russia and former the Soviet Union or Russian-occupied countries of Belarus, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this ban in addition to future instability in the region will have a detrimental impact on using imports to meet South Australia’s constructions needs.

Article from 9th March 2022 Timberbiz READ MORE

Ministerial Media Release: New program aims to speed up regional NSW housing projects

The NSW Government announced $1m funding for the establishment of a panel of planning consultants to help manage development applications for new homes across regional NSW. The panel, with support from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, was created in response to recommendations proposed by the Regional Housing Taskforce. Regional councils will now be able to nominate development applications that deliver regional housing, through a formal Expression of Interest process, which will be assessed by an evaluation panel for the flying squads to action.

NSW Government 2nd March 2022 READ MORE 

New Policy: Victorian Government sets Gender Equality targets for new public sector projects

Effective 1 January 2022, The Victorian Government’s Building Equality Policy (BEP) mandates female employment targets on all new publicly funded projects worth $20 million or more. With $765m already committed to the ‘Big Housing Build’ across regional Victoria and another $485m not yet committed to local government areas through the Minimum Investment Guarantee, now is the time to develop your Gender Equality Action Plans if you’re planning on targeting public sector housing projects in 2022 and beyond.

Building Equality Policy Victorian Government READ MORE

New Program: Rebates for building 7 Star Homes Program

Sustainability Victoria's 7 Star Homes is a new program that works with businesses and individuals across the building and construction supply chain to increase capability and capacity for delivering energy-efficient homes.

With proposed changes to the National Construction Code forecast for 2022, the 7 Star Homes program accelerates the transition to 7-star homes by:

  • $4,000 rebates per home, for up to 4 homes built, to assist with upgrade costs
  • as-built verification assessment to ensure homes are built to achieve the same efficiency rating as designed
  • 6-to-7-star training, online and in person, to support the design process and to upskill employees
  • exclusive sales and marketing training designed especially for selling energy-efficient homes.

Updated 15th March 2022 READ MORE

Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004: New rights and protections to labour hire workers in Victoria 

Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 came into effect in Victoria on 22 March 2022 and have extended the definitions of 'employer' and 'employee' to ensure labour hire workers are considered employees of their host employer for the purposes of the OHS Act.

Worksafe Victoria has published guidance to support the amendments and to help employers familiarise themselves with their new duties. New Worksafe Victoria materials are also being prepared to support the amendments.

Updated 30h March 2022 READ MORE

In the news: Building The Good Life: RAI’s keys to addressing regional housing affordability issues

Incentives for country tradies and more diverse housing should combine with loan guarantees to boost affordable housing supply away from our capital cities, a new report recommends.

The Regional Australia Institute’s ‘Building The Good Life’ paper calls for a diverse approach to regional housing that ensures locals aren’t left behind amid mass migration to the regions.

It comes as the federal government matches Labor’s Regional First Home Buyer Support Scheme, which will give extra assistance to 10,000 families a year in regional areas.

Article from 29th March 2022 Realestate.com.au READ MORE

In the news: Lending for a new home remains well above pre-COVID levels

The number of new loans for the construction or purchase of new homes in Australia lifted by 1.7 per cent in February.

“This leaves the number of loans for new homes up by 11.4 per cent on pre-COVID levels,” said Mr Devitt.

“The value of lending fell by 3.7% in February but remains well above the value of lending in previous years.

“The pandemic trend of homebuyers seeking more space and amenity continues to be reflected in the data almost a year after the end of the HomeBuilder grant.

Article from 1st April 2022 HIA READ MORE

In the news: Victoria breaks building permit records in 2021

More than 12,700 building permits were issued in 2021, the first time domestic permits have topped 100,000 in a calendar year in Victoria.

Victorian Building Authority (VBA) data shows 127,792 building permits, worth $44.6 billion were issued in 2021, an increase of more than 14,000 (or 12.66 per cent) from the previous year.

The cost of domestic building permits issued increased by more than $4.3 billion, up from 96,367 in 2020 to 109,367 in 2021.

Article from 1st February 2022 Inside Construction READ MORE

In the news: Mildura, Ballarat, Bendigo: How development has changed regional Vic

If you didn’t see it, you wouldn’t believe it. Stunning aerial photographs reveal just how much country Victoria has changed in the past decade.

Victoria is pegged as the fastest growing state in Australia with aerial photos released from Nearmap showing why.

Since 2011 the state has recorded one million new residents and is expected to add another million by 2026.

And now people are leaving the city to move to fringe suburbs or to regional Victoria.

The latest Future Victoria predictions show that by 2056 regional Victoria’s population will expand from 1.5 million in 2018 to 2.2 million in 2026.

These images, courtesy of Nearmap, reveal the stark changes seen in regional areas and showcase a decade of growth.

Article from 29th January 2022 Herald Sun READ MORE

STATE & REGIONAL HOUSING APPROVALS

Housing Approvals data provided by HIA, January 2022

(scroll down the lists below to find regions in Victoria and New South Wales)

Vic and NSW - Single Detached Houses Approvals 

Location State Feb-22 Feb-21 % Difference
Month
Rolling
12 Months
Previous Rolling
12 Months
12 Month
Variance
Victoria VIC 3358 4328 -22.41% 46389 41701 11.24%
Ballarat VIC 136 222 -38.74% 1821 1642 10.90%
Baw Baw VIC 73 85 -14.12% 934 686 36.15%
Bendigo VIC 79 165 -52.12% 1451 1428 1.61%
Campaspe VIC 6 23 -73.91% 164 202 -18.81%
Geelong VIC 205 277 -25.99% 2302 2221 3.65%
Gippsland - East VIC 33 53 -37.74% 491 472 4.03%
Gippsland - South West VIC 68 114 -40.35% 1037 961 7.91%
Grampians VIC 18 33 -45.45% 203 206 -1.46%
Greater Melbourne VIC 2221 2698 -17.68% 30873 27582 11.93%
Latrobe Valley VIC 29 42 -30.95% 502 456 10.09%
Melbourne - Inner VIC 34 35 -2.86% 379 323 17.34%
Melbourne - Inner East (Boroondara, Manningham, Whitehorse) VIC 69 48 43.75% 758 637 19.00%
Melbourne - Inner South (Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Stonnington - East) VIC 60 64 -6.25% 608 595 2.18%
Melbourne - North East (Banyule, Darebin - North, Kinglake, Whittlesea) VIC 275 390 -29.49% 3999 3467 15.34%
Melbourne - North West (Keilor, Macedon Ranges, Moreland - North, Sunbury, Tullamarine) VIC 272 347 -21.61% 4156 4017 3.46%
Melbourne - Outer East (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehore - East, Yarra Ranges) VIC 74 103 -28.16% 1132 1041 8.74%
Melbourne - South East (Cardinia, Casey-North, Casey-South, Dandenong, Monash) VIC 476 601 -20.80% 6484 5618 15.41%
Melbourne - West (Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton - Bacchus Marsh, Wyndham) VIC 895 996 -10.14% 12448 10988 13.29%
Mildura VIC 31 32 -3.13% 315 333 -5.41%
Mornington Peninsula - Frankston VIC 66 114 -42.11% 909 896 1.45%
Murray River - Swan Hill VIC 7 18 -61.11% 144 154 -6.49%
Shepparton VIC 30 52 -42.31% 551 466 18.24%
Surf Coast - Bellarine Peninsula VIC 165 171 -3.51% 2051 1646 24.61%
Upper Goulburn Valley VIC 50 53 -5.66% 630 417 51.08%
Wangaratta - Benalla VIC 14 27 -48.15% 340 294 15.65%
Warrnambool VIC 21 26 -19.23% 332 400 -17.00%
Wellington VIC 23 40 -42.50% 329 298 10.40%
Wodonga - Alpine VIC 36 79 -54.43% 676 704 -3.98%
New South Wales NSW 2505 2575 -2.72% 31364 27627 13.53%
Albury NSW 61 66 -7.58% 578 533 8.44%
Bathurst NSW 23 31 -25.81% 258 280 -7.86%
Central Coast NSW 44 115 -61.74% 970 847 14.52%
Coffs Harbour NSW 18 34 -47.06% 304 356 -14.61%
Dapto - Port Kembla NSW 9 38 -76.32% 310 415 -25.30%
Dubbo NSW 34 40 -15.00% 351 294 19.39%
Gosford NSW 19 34 -44.12% 347 283 22.61%
Goulburn NSW 24 39 -38.46% 326 217 50.23%
Greater Sydney NSW 1378 1441 -4.37% 17996 16336 10.16%
Griffith NSW 21 19 10.53% 182 120 51.67%
Kiama - Shellharbour NSW 37 29 27.59% 496 481 3.12%
Lake Macquarie NSW 39 56 -30.36% 1072 942 13.80%
Lower Hunter NSW 69 76 -9.21% 966 773 24.97%
Maitland NSW 75 64 17.19% 932 867 7.50%
Newcastle NSW 14 30 -53.33% 280 363 -22.87%
Orange NSW 36 6 500.00% 324 239 35.56%
Port Macquarie NSW 44 55 -20.00% 504 382 31.94%
Port Stephens NSW 41 36 13.89% 437 252 73.41%
Rest of NSW NSW 1127 1134 -0.62% 13368 11291 18.40%
Richmond - Tweed NSW 54 92 -41.30% 992 813 22.02%
Shoalhaven NSW 51 75 -32.00% 631 582 8.42%
South Coast - Batemas Bay, Bega, Merimbula NSW 35 32 9.38% 406 390 4.10%
Southern Highlands NSW 32 22 45.45% 303 189 60.32%
Sydney - Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury NSW 191 151 26.49% 2179 1750 24.51%
Sydney - Blacktown NSW 230 271 -15.13% 3378 3347 0.93%
Sydney - City and Inner South NSW 6 7 -14.29% 98 102 -3.92%
Sydney - Eastern Suburbs (Bondi, Coogee, Randwick) NSW 25 13 92.31% 161 134 20.15%
Sydney - Inner South West NSW 69 102 -32.35% 995 977 1.84%
Sydney - Inner West (Canada Bay, Leichhardt, Strathfield) NSW 25 25 0.00% 309 295 4.75%
Sydney - North Sydney (Chatswood, Hornsby, Mosman) NSW 71 44 61.36% 569 458 24.24%
Sydney - Northern Beaches (Manly, Pittwater, Warringah) NSW 22 42 -47.62% 450 424 6.13%
Sydney - Outer South West (Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly) NSW 136 178 -23.60% 1654 2206 -25.02%
Sydney - Parramatta NSW 69 90 -23.33% 855 844 1.30%
Sydney - Penrith, Richmond, Blue Mountains NSW 90 72 25.00% 1037 1009 2.78%
Sydney - Ryde NSW 47 26 80.77% 512 333 53.75%
Sydney - South West (Bringelly, Fairfield, Liverpool) NSW 325 279 16.49% 4482 3381 32.56%
Sydney - Sutherland NSW 28 26 7.69% 347 229 51.53%
Tamworth NSW 24 30 -20.00% 275 241 14.11%
Taree - Gloucester NSW 26 28 -7.14% 369 239 54.39%
Wagga Wagga NSW 40 50 -20.00% 549 482 13.90%
Wollongong NSW 9 19 -52.63% 229 225 1.78%
Wyong NSW 25 81 -69.14% 623 564 10.46%
Australian Capital Territory ACT 125 133 -6.02% 1724 1307 31.91%

 

Vic and NSW - Units and Apartment Approvals 

Location State Feb-22 Feb-21 % Difference
Month
Rolling
12 Months
Previous Rolling
12 Months
12 Month
Variance
Victoria VIC 3860 1544 150.00% 25319 19553 29.49%
Ballarat VIC 18 18 0.00% 140 157 -10.83%
Baw Baw VIC 4 0 79 3 2533.33%
Bendigo VIC 0 1 -100.00% 83 40 107.50%
Campaspe VIC 2 0 13 7 85.71%
Geelong VIC 25 90 -72.22% 422 326 29.45%
Gippsland - East VIC 3 0 13
Gippsland - South West VIC 16 5 220.00% 37 39 -5.13%
Grampians VIC 0 0 33 12 175.00%
Greater Melbourne VIC 3719 1373 170.87% 23792 18529 28.40%
Latrobe Valley VIC 0 0 22 45 -51.11%
Melbourne - Inner VIC 1804 262 588.55% 7193 5851 22.94%
Melbourne - Inner East (Boroondara, Manningham, Whitehorse) VIC 331 131 152.67% 2920 1890 54.50%
Melbourne - Inner South (Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Stonnington - East) VIC 419 119 252.10% 3118 2365 31.84%
Melbourne - North East (Banyule, Darebin - North, Kinglake, Whittlesea) VIC 606 81 648.15% 2535 1672 51.61%
Melbourne - North West (Keilor, Macedon Ranges, Moreland - North, Sunbury, Tullamarine) VIC 188 79 137.97% 1269 1004 26.39%
Melbourne - Outer East (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehore - East, Yarra Ranges) VIC 76 58 31.03% 1347 970 38.87%
Melbourne - South East (Cardinia, Casey-North, Casey-South, Dandenong, Monash) VIC 123 185 -33.51% 2081 1904 9.30%
Melbourne - West (Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton - Bacchus Marsh, Wyndham) VIC 116 411 -71.78% 2604 2431 7.12%
Mildura VIC 0 0 17 20 -15.00%
Mornington Peninsula - Frankston VIC 56 47 19.15% 725 442 64.03%
Murray River - Swan Hill VIC 0 0 24 6 300.00%
Shepparton VIC 7 0 78 14 457.14%
Surf Coast - Bellarine Peninsula VIC 30 53 -43.40% 211 254 -16.93%
Upper Goulburn Valley VIC 4 0 32 25 28.00%
Wangaratta - Benalla VIC 15 0 85 14 507.14%
Warrnambool VIC 2 0 93 11 745.45%
Wellington VIC 0 0 24 2 1100.00%
Wodonga - Alpine VIC 7 2 250.00% 30 6 400.00%
New South Wales NSW 2596 2112 22.92% 30904 23862 29.51%
Albury NSW 2 6 -66.67% 40 22 81.82%
Bathurst NSW 2 10 -80.00% 28 80 -65.00%
Central Coast NSW 71 16 343.75% 572 344 66.28%
Coffs Harbour NSW 8 24 -66.67% 179 93 92.47%
Dapto - Port Kembla NSW 4 8 -50.00% 255 264 -3.41%
Dubbo NSW 0 4 -100.00% 73 52 40.38%
Gosford NSW 65 4 1525.00% 387 192 101.56%
Goulburn NSW 12 2 500.00% 71 77 -7.79%
Greater Sydney NSW 2188 1752 24.89% 25192 19766 27.45%
Griffith NSW 2 2 0.00% 26 16 62.50%
Kiama - Shellharbour NSW 50 157 -68.15% 601 528 13.83%
Lake Macquarie NSW 39 16 143.75% 510 316 61.39%
Lower Hunter NSW 18 8 125.00% 139 70 98.57%
Maitland NSW 28 12 133.33% 369 342 7.89%
Newcastle NSW 26 27 -3.70% 723 485 49.07%
Orange NSW 2 2 0.00% 66 37 78.38%
Port Macquarie NSW 14 23 -39.13% 222 200 11.00%
Port Stephens NSW 16 7 128.57% 345 69 400.00%
Rest of NSW NSW 408 360 13.33% 5712 4096 39.45%
Richmond - Tweed NSW 32 4 700.00% 331 315 5.08%
Shoalhaven NSW 30 20 50.00% 212 251 -15.54%
South Coast - Batemas Bay, Bega, Merimbula NSW 4 0 46 107 -57.01%
Southern Highlands NSW 2 0 272 15 1713.33%
Sydney - Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury NSW 8 17 -52.94% 2353 743 216.69%
Sydney - Blacktown NSW 170 245 -30.61% 3879 2704 43.45%
Sydney - City and Inner South NSW 4 708 -99.44% 1999 2966 -32.60%
Sydney - Eastern Suburbs (Bondi, Coogee, Randwick) NSW 30 16 87.50% 731 319 129.15%
Sydney - Inner South West NSW 135 135 0.00% 1966 2622 -25.02%
Sydney - Inner West (Canada Bay, Leichhardt, Strathfield) NSW 12 28 -57.14% 1059 700 51.29%
Sydney - North Sydney (Chatswood, Hornsby, Mosman) NSW 340 34 900.00% 909 1139 -20.19%
Sydney - Northern Beaches (Manly, Pittwater, Warringah) NSW 8 104 -92.31% 281 383 -26.63%
Sydney - Outer South West (Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly) NSW 100 22 354.55% 806 707 14.00%
Sydney - Parramatta NSW 676 132 412.12% 5583 3141 77.75%
Sydney - Penrith, Richmond, Blue Mountains NSW 463 51 807.84% 815 622 31.03%
Sydney - Ryde NSW 60 78 -23.08% 1959 1020 92.06%
Sydney - South West (Bringelly, Fairfield, Liverpool) NSW 45 71 -36.62% 1161 1524 -23.82%
Sydney - Sutherland NSW 66 95 -30.53% 1119 832 34.50%
Tamworth NSW 24 4 500.00% 110 45 144.44%
Taree - Gloucester NSW 5 4 25.00% 60 10 500.00%
Wagga Wagga NSW 6 6 0.00% 89 57 56.14%
Wollongong NSW 60 4 1400.00% 489 435 12.41%
Wyong NSW 6 12 -50.00% 185 152 21.71%
Australian Capital Territory ACT 422 270 56.30% 3899 3680 5.95%

 

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