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Monitoring development and auditing housing

City monitoring tracks the supply of new residential, commercial and visitor accommodation providing accurate data on the growth and distribution of development within the City of Sydney's local area each year.

In 2015, the City started a yearly audit of all local residential housing.

The City's monitors are your best source of information on the status of residential, commercial and visitor accommodation projects. You can download the most recent monitors and housing audit or you can access our archive of previous issues.

Auditing local housing

We audit all housing in the local area including residential buildings, dwelling structures, tenures and types. We report at the end of each financial year.

The City’s community strategic plan (Sustainable Sydney 2030) contains 10 strategic directions. Strategic direction 8 – housing for a diverse population – aims for a wider range of housing so people who provide vital city services can afford to live in the local area.

The City’s local area has a rapidly growing population and we support increased dwelling numbers. The population in the local area is anticipated to reach approximately 270,000 by 2031, and over 280,000 by 2036.  The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ estimated resident population for the City’s local area at June 2015 was 205,339 (ABS, 3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014-15, released 30 March 2016).

In the City’s community strategic plan, according to target 3 by 2030 there will be at least 138,000 dwellings in the city, including another 48,000 dwellings compared to the June 2007 data baseline, requiring an increased diversity of household types such as more families.

The figures quoted in the plan relate to private dwellings as defined by the ABS, which applies to all housing except boarding houses (class 1B and class 3), student accommodation and residential care services such as aged-care facilities.It includes social (including public) housing, affordable rental housing and privately owned or rented housing.

The June 2007 baseline figure for these dwellings was 89,749 private dwellings, sourced from the 2006 ABS census of population and housing and the 2007 floor space and employment survey.

At June 2016, there were 105,860 private dwellings counted in the City of Sydney local area.  There were a further 11,569 non-private dwellings counted. 

The housing audit data is sourced from our floor space and employment survey and yearly updates from statistics such as demolished dwellings and changes of use. These yearly statistics include:

  • current dwelling stock (buildings and dwellings)
  • private dwellings
  • non-private dwellings
  • number of dwellings by village area
  • building structure
  • dwelling structure including net yearly increase
  • dwelling type (tenure) including net yearly increase. 

Monitoring residential housing

Our residential monitor provides information on the supply of new housing in the local area including the growth and distribution of residential development which informs Council and the public of residential pattern changes.

Information on residential projects is mapped, tabulated, graphed and described based on the status of developments at the end of the reporting period.

Developments are grouped by the following categories:

  • Completed – residential developments that have completed construction within 5 years of the report date.
  • Commenced – residential developments that are currently under construction but have yet to be completed at the report date.
  • Approved – residential developments that have been approved by relevant authorities but have yet to start at the report date.
  • Lodged – residential developments that have been submitted for approval but have not yet been approved by the relevant authority at the report date.

The number of rooms in boarding houses, aged-care facilities and student accommodation developments are also reported in the residential monitor.

The total number of dwellings completed, under construction and approved are included in the summary of residential activity, however only residential developments of 5 units or more are tabulated in the village sections.

Issues 1 to 35 cover central Sydney and Ultimo/Pyrmont precincts. Issues 36 to 50 and monitors from June 2014 report data for the whole local area.

Monitoring commercial development

Our commercial development monitor provides up-to-date information on commercial development in the local area, which complements the residential monitor.

The commercial development monitor reports on 2 separate areas:

  1. The combined village areas of CBD and Harbour and Chinatown and CBD South.
  2. The remaining 8 village areas combined.

Information on commercial projects is mapped, tabulated, graphed and described based on the status of developments at the end of the reporting period. Developments are grouped by the following categories:

  • Completed – commercial developments that have completed construction within 5 years of the report date.
  • Commenced – commercial developments that are currently under construction but have yet to be completed at the report date.
  • Approved – commercial developments that have been approved by relevant authorities but have yet to start at the report date.
  • Lodged – commercial developments that have been submitted for approval but have not yet been approved by the relevant authority at the report date.

Trends in approvals, completions, office vacancies and absorption of office space are also provided.

Monitoring visitor accommodation

The visitor accommodation monitor provides up-to-date information on the supply and demand for visitor accommodation in the local area.

Updated periodically, the monitor provides details of hotel and serviced apartment projects in the local area according to their approved, commenced or completed status.

Trends in the total stock of accommodation, occupancy rates and overseas visitors to Sydney are also provided.

Last updated: Thursday, 13 October 2016