In FY2015 a record 211,860 new homes were built, up 13% on the previous record of 187,000 set in 1994.

 

The Housing Industry Association is tipping that new home starts will exceed 200,000 again in FY2016.

 

“Momentum is clearly with the eastern seaboard markets, including some renewed promise for the the south-east corner of Queensland,” the HIA said. “NSW is the strongest housing market in Australia, followed by Victoria.”

 

The nation’s biggest brick-maker, Brickworks, has kept all its factories running over the holiday season and recommissioned mothballed plants to ensure it has enough bricks to meet demand on Australia’s east coast.

 

Building materials suppliers such as Brickworks, CSR and Boral had record earnings in 2015.