Melbourne Property Stats

Why invest in Melbourne and or Victoria

Property Update December 2019 : Melbourne median house value surpasses $850,000 and Outer suburban Melbourne values continue to increase year on year, over the past 5 years, with each of these financial years seeing a progressively faster rate value of growth. Inner suburbs whose properties sit significantly above the median value, where less people can afford to buy and live, these values peaked in 2018 and started to drop to more realistic market values through to 2019 but once again growing with a growth of 3.7% for the past quarter. Melbourne is a very hard market to read but having the strongest population growth and primarily an under supply, shows no sign of insatiable demand for dwellings to own or rent slowing down primarily in the outer and emerging suburbs and satellite cities on the back of a very strong population growth.

Victoria Population Growth 2016

Property doomsayers predicted Melbourne to be the worst performing city and Victoria to be the worst performing State in Australia.    WRONG and if you continue to listen to the so called ‘experts’ it is at your own peril.

“Did you know that by comparison, only a small fraction of overall property in Victoria actually dropped in value during 2019/2019, when the overwhelming majority of property has and continues to rise in value!” Read more here

“More homes required for Melbourne’s growing population!”

63,000 new dwellings required per year over the next 35 years; this is massive demand !

 Victoria in the Future 2016 blog here

Figures and Statistics – past and present

Melbourne home values continue to rise, this healthy market performance is underpinned by the strong population growth Melbourne is undergoing with around 153,000 new residents every year and on the back of a sound economy & creating new jobs.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 30 March 2019″Melbourne our fastest-growing Capital, population growth of 2.1% in 2018/19, now an estimated 4.9 million residents in Greater Melbourne.”

“Revised to 10 million residents by 2051 requiring 2.2 million new dwellings with a growth of 108,000 in the year to last June!”

According to new figures released by the Victorian government, Victoria is the fastest growing state in Australia and our population is expected to rise to over 10 million by 2051. The report on Victoria’s population and household projections to 2051, Victoria in Future 2018, indicates upward trends in migration, birth rates and life expectancy. No Australian city has experienced growth of this scale before changing Melbourne forever.

“The figures show strong population growth across the state will continue,” said Danni Addison, Victorian Chief Executive of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

“Melbourne’s population is set to double within 15 years, meaning we need new housing to accommodate the growth” … can you now see your investment potential?

Australia’s fastest growth city with Geelong in second place with only 4 cities outside of Victoria being Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Sydney taking the balance of the growth.

Population Growth places upward pressure on housing supply and pricing. Affordability is affected but current owners benefit

Migration the main factor with 3 in every 8 residents settling into Melbourne or inner Victoria, ie. 75% of the nations population growth is coming into Victoria. In the year to June 138,000 new residents settled into Victoria. The migration boom is transforming the city with the second wave of large-scale migration primarily from India and China expecting to continue well into the future

Renewed population growth will also come from Victoria’s high Gen Y’s in their 20’s and 30’s adding to the highest birth rate in Australia suggesting a lot of babies will be born here in the next 15 to 20 years adding to the increase of the new wave of population growth breaking over Victoria/Melbourne

Effective Infrastructure Planning requires major review and investment to provide services for this growing population. Adequate planning and approvals for new dwellings (estimated at over 65,000 per annum) needs to be provided and built to house this population as every suburb within 10km of the core now has more people living in it than there were 2, 3 or 5 years ago. An astounding statistic you would agree

The Bureau estimates refute claims that Melbourne’s growth is concentrated in a few areas. Of 66 suburbs or groups of suburbs it identifies within 10km of the city, all but nine grew by at least 10 per cent in the decade – and 26 grew by at least 20 per cent. That trend has been under way for some time, and is now accelerating. Since 1991, the inner area of Melbourne has added about 300,000 people, increasing its population by 40 per cent

Just over half the growth in the past decade took place in suburbs more than 20 km from the GPO. The Bureau’s estimates show a growing proportion of it is in outer western and northern suburbs such as Point Cook, Craigieburn and South Morang, but with the south-eastern tail still wagging strongly in Cranbourne and Pakenham

For homebuyers, that’s where the affordable housing is, and they have no choice but to accept higher transport costs and travel times as the price of being able to own their own home. Transport infrastructure requires major investment to service both inner Melbourne and outer Melbourne Suburbs taking residents to their place of work and play

Did you know “as Melbourne’s population grows our apartment market matures. Demand for apartments within the inner and middle suburbs is inevitable. Property constantly adjusts to establish a healthy balance between supply and demand.”

Download full report here

Victoria 10 million residents by 2031 read here

Economic Indicators

Certain regional locations in Victoria and certain suburbs in Melbourne are far from flat and certainly higher all round than this time last year :

  • Population growth in Melbourne highest in Australia and up by 95,700 residents
    • Retail spend also below national average of 2.9% being 0.8%
    • Victoria is a mid-sized economy larger than Singapore, New Zealand and most of South East Asia
    • Providing for 22% of Australia’s total GDP Victoria’s Economic growth increasing by an average of 2.4% annually over last 10 years to June 2014

 Summary : No indication of any property boom, indicators towards steady consistent moderate improvements; higher growth and higher rental yields in Regional Victoria preferably on a Rail Link, over inner Melbourne suburbs


Most asked question is, “Should I invest in a House or an Apartment?”

Driven by affordability, preferences, low ongoing maintenance, close proximity to work and lifestyle choice … most people prefer to live withing 8 – 10km of a CBD.

With median house prices as high as they are in these inner suburbs, the affordability of the majority lies within being able to Rent or Own a property valued between $450,000 to $750,000

Leaving little choice but to occupy an Apartment. High competition for the same dwelling leads to stronger capital growth and increased rental yields within this high competition belt

The old adage of Land improves in value whilst buildings depreciate is no longer applicable in most world cities based on the above

 RENT : although there is a significant difference in House Prices compared to Apartments in the inner suburbs, there is a far stronger rental yield on apartments over homes giving the investor a significantly higher return on their investment over the period one holds the property!

Regional Victoria

Did you know that suburbs or towns with rail links continue to outperform those without?

  • Average Growth Rates in Australia
    • On Tram route 6.2%
    • On Train route 6.4%
    • With both Train and Tram 6.3%
      • No train 5.7%
  • On a property valued at $500k, at a difference of 6.4% over a 10 year period
    • this equates to a difference of almost $64,000 better off

Regional Victoria continues to astound the so called property experts by often outperforming inner Melbourne Suburbs in both Capital Growth and also Rental Yields + lower vacancies

What to look for are regional towns that :

  • Experiencing steady population growth
  • Has multi-faceted economies
  • National business located within the town
  • New job creation or a short commute to other job nodes
  • On train lines direct to Melbourne providing safe and quicker commutes
  • Attracting new industries and or new head offices
  • Has motorways or new motor links saving commuting time
  • Have investment into
    • Infrastructure (Hospitals, Education (school, tafe or uni), rail and road
    • New industries (manufacturing and or service)
  • Being an alternative lifestyle to Melbourne
  • Has affordable housing and lifestyle but easy access to job nodes
  • Undergoing extensive property development
  • Self sustaining population not relient on any one industry to keep it’s economy alive in difficult times
  • Significant investment by Industry and or Government

Read more on Australian migration to towns and satellite cities due to infrastructure investment, new jobs and population growth for lifestyle here


What makes investment sense includes :

Strong Fundamentals such as; Affordable, Lifestyle, Location, Infrastructure, Population Growth, Job market / Employment node,  strong Demand and higher Rental Yields



  • Alternative lifestyle to what Melbourne offers
  • Large national companies
  • Relative close proximity to Melbourne
  • Will be closer with the new $5bn Regional Rail Link directly into the centre of Melbourne ensuring quick and safe commutes
  • Quality highway to Melbourne
  • Affordable housing and lifestyle
  • New Hospital Project valued $630 mil
  • New residential projects
  • Other new infrastructure and retail development
  • Growing population sitting at 100,000
  • more

A substantial city with population growth plus a multi faceted economy with an affordable lifestyle and good proximity to Melbourne



  • Median house price mid $200,000’s
  • Growing population sitting at 96,000
  • Alternative lifestyle to what Melbourne offers
  • Affordable housing and lifestyle
  • Strong rental returns
  • Will benefit from the $5bn Regional Rail Link
  • Quality highway link to Melbourne
  • Strong education centre
    • 2 x Universities
    • TAFE
    • Government and Private Schools
  • Wind Farms
  • Recognised Cancer Hospital
  • Diverse Economy with national companies
  • more
    including new IBM Information Tech Hub

A substantial city with population growth plus a multi faceted economy with an affordable lifestyle and good proximity to Melbourne



  • Quality alternative lifestyle to what Melbourne offers
  • Highly affordable housing and lifestyle on the Bellerine Peninsula
  • Lifestyle includes immediate access to the bay and very near to surf beaches
  • $5 bn new Regional Rail Link project
  • New Geelong Ring Road saving commute times
  • Upgrade to Avalon Airport on the cards to become a second international airport
  • Multi-faceted growing economy
  • Strong Education industry
  • more

Geelong in the past was very reliant on car manufacturing yet today is a stronger having a variety of industries successfully underpinning its economy thus less exposed to the likes of Ford closures – also new Rail Link will improve commute times to Melbourne or other job nodes



  • Median house price mid $270,000
  • Very affordable housing plus quality lifestyle in close proximity to wave beaches
  • Growing job market
  • Growth regional centre for East Gippsland area – nearby to Bairnsdale and Paynesville
  • Average capital growth 8% pa for last 10 years, could accelerate with new industries coming on board
  • $1.1bn Gas Processing Plant just outside of Sale
  • $65 mil TAFE Campus attracting lecturers, students and employees
  • $185 mil Royal Australian Airforce expansion
  • Growing population located 280km east of Melbourne

About to command more attention with the imminent launch of the massive ($4.4 bn BHP Bass Strait Gas Project) processing plant in Sale. History shows that major infrastructure announcements and commencement of these projects reflects strongly in capital growth and increased rental yields


Albury Wodonga

  • Made up of 2 cities on either side of the Murray river where both cities have proactive and strong councils attracting business into the area
  • Has a growing population
  • Attracted International and National Businesses
  • Strategically located between Victoria and NSW and close enough to 3 major cities being Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne
  • New industry and infrastructure projects
  • Major Woolworths distribution centre and other logistic centres due to strategic location
  • Varied industries including defense, tourism, ATO, government administration services, etc
  • Affordable lifestyle
  • Very affordable homes median price early $300’s
  • Stronger than average rental yields around 6 – 7%
  • New residential property development

Spurred on by strategic location (NSW & Vic) with easy access to Canberra, Sydney or Melbourne by road or rail.  A growing population and economic diversity of the local economy, with a quality lifestyle and affordable homes



  • Median House price at an affordable $450,000
  • Average growth rate 6.5% achieving steady growth every year for last 10 years
  • Low vacancy rate of 2%
  • Located alongside the upgraded Monash Freeway
  • Having both government and private hospitals
    • Casey Government
    • New Private hospital project
  • Strong Education
    • Private and government schools
    • TAFE campus
    • Monash University

Berwick offers the opportunity where Hospitals and Universities are clustered together providing immense job opportunity in the area putting pressure on demand for accommodation by students, employees, lecturers and medical staff



  • Median House price $330,000 in Frankston South and $260,000 in North Frankston
  • Efficient rail links to CBD
  • Free flowing motorway link to Melbourne on the Monash freeway
  • New Peninsula Link improving commute times
  • Close to Hastings which will undergo a massive port upgrade
  • A very affordable Bayside Lifestyle
  • Capital growth around 7%
  • New projects in infrastructure and housing close to being launched – upgrade to Hastings Port

    • Hastings could become a major port for Melbourne which will positively impact on the whole Mornington Peninsula
  • Frankston is the centre of manufacturing/industrial activities and attracts a wide business market into Frankston

An under rated  good performer in the Melbourne market


Epping LGA

  • Suburbs include : Epping, Lalor, South Morang, Craigieburn and Thomastown
  • Median house price early $300,000’s
  • Rail link to Melbourne including upgrade to join South Morang to the network
  • Upgrade to motorway link
  • Hospital expansion project
  • New fruit and vegetable markets
  • New job opportunities in the area
  • Strong population growth into these northern suburbs
  • Multiple job node opportunities
  • Located on the Western Ring Road and the Hume Freeway
  • Attracting tenants to new Industrial Parks in the region creating jobs
  • Strong retail precincts such as Epping Plaza

Current future potential based on new growth and new housing estates being affordable, located on train links with easy access to Melbourne via freeways or local job opportunities on the back of Industry Expansion


Waurn Ponds

  • Regional Geelong
  • Affordable housing
  • Median house price $460,000
  • Serviced by  Geelong Ring Road
  • Has a successful Deakin University Campus in high demand
  • Solid median house growth averaging 7% over the last 3 years
    • 11% growth in past 12 months
  • New $65 mil major retail project

Affordable housing in close proximity to Geelong and the Geelong Ring Road having all the advantages that Geelong residents receive


“Where ever one chooses to Invest, an investor (or owner occupier needs to undertake their own due diligence and be selective as growth is not evenly spread across Melbourne metropolitan or regional areas”


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