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Housing development data provides information on the number and location of existing dwellings, vacant residential land, and recent residential development across all land within metropolitan Melbourne.

The data can be used to investigate residential change including the growth of housing stock, changes in housing density, and housing change in planning zones.

There is now 10 years of Housing development data. Data is prepared for all individual lots across Melbourne where there is an existing dwelling or the lot is located in a land use planning zone that provides for residential uses.

Housing outcomes in established Melbourne

The Housing outcomes in established Melbourne 2005 to 2016 report outlines land use and planning outcomes across established Melbourne and shows the success of long term strategic planning in directing new housing and density.

Some findings are:

  • New housing and increased densities are being successfully directed to the areas with the best access to jobs, services and transport.
  • Reforms to the business/commercial zones in 2012-13 have resulted in significant housing development in commercial/mixed use locations.
  • Heritage controls are effective in both limiting demolitions and housing growth in heritage areas.

A summary presentation of key insights in the report is also available.

Revision: Table 2 in the report and corresponding table in the summary presentation were revised in April 2018.

Housing development summary reports

Summary reports of housing development across Metropolitan Melbourne for 2005 to 2016 derived from the Housing Development Data.

Each region report contains the Local Government Areas in that region.

Plan Melbourne region Included Local Government Areas
Eastern Region Knox
Yarra Ranges
Inner Metro Region Melbourne
Port Phillip
Inner South East Region Bayside
Glen Eira
Northern Region Banyule
Southern Region Cardinia
Greater Dandenong
Mornington Peninsula
Western Region Brimbank
Hobsons Bay
Moonee Valley

GIS data

Data for metropolitan Melbourne (31 Local Government Areas) can be downloaded through Data Vic.

Both files are available in a number of spatial formats and explanation of the attributes used in the data is available in the data dictionary.

The Project layer depicting housing activity over the years from 2005 and 2016 shows twelve years of development activity.

The Stock layer for calendar year 2016 shows the number of dwellings on a lot as at 2016.

Page last updated: 01/07/24