Small Area Dwelling Stock Removals

Experimental estimates of the number of dwelling stock removals in Victoria by Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)



Dwelling stock statistics are currently only available from the Census of Population and Housing every five years. More frequent estimates of dwelling stock are valuable for economic and housing policy development and evaluation, and informing planning and service provision decisions. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is currently developing a methodology for the production of quarterly estimates of small area dwelling stock for release in 2022. 

The newly developed statistics will contain quarterly estimates of dwelling additions, removals, and stock based on the most recent Census of Population and Housing.

The purpose of this article is to present an experimental method for estimating stock removals. Dwelling stock removals have been estimated in Victoria from the September 2016 quarter to the June 2021 quarter by Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2). Victoria was selected as it had the highest number of demolition approvals for all the states and territories across this period. The data are comprised of:

  • realised demolitions (demolitions as they occur following an approval); and
  • unplanned stock losses (dwellings destroyed due to natural disasters) from the 2019-20 bushfire season.

Experimental estimates of small area additions to stock (dwelling completions) from the September 2016 quarter to the June 2021 quarter are available in Building Activity, Australia. These estimates of small area completions have been modelled using state level dwelling completions, which are produced from the Building Activity Survey.

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Key statistics

  • There were 36,712 total dwelling stock removals across Victoria from the September 2016 quarter to the June 2021 quarter.
  • The majority of these (36,358) were dwelling demolitions, while 354 occurred as a result of bushfires in 2019-20.
  • 88% of stock removals occurred in Greater Melbourne, whilst 12% occurred in the Rest of Victoria.
  • The SA2s with the largest numbers of stock removals in Victoria were Heidelberg West, Bentleigh - McKinnon, and Brighton.

State results

The graph below depicts quarterly dwelling stock removals in Victoria.

Stock removals in Victoria peaked in the March 2020 quarter, and were lowest in the March 2021 quarter. The March 2020 quarter includes the stock loss attributed to the Black Summer bushfires in Victoria.

Small area results

The table below shows the top ten Victorian SA2s with the largest number of total stock removals between the September 2016 quarter and the June 2021 quarter. The number of dwelling completions is given alongside stock removals. Net additions are given by the subtraction of stock removals from completions. All of the SA2s with the highest numbers of total stock removals are in the Greater Melbourne area.

Areas with highest number of dwelling stock removals from September 2016 quarter to June 2021 quarter
Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)Stock removalsCompletionsNet additions
Heidelberg West5241,5811,057
Bentleigh - McKinnon4421,7801,338
Brighton (Vic.)429830401
Balwyn North428822394
Bentleigh East (North)4031,073670
Mount Waverley - South394798404
Ashwood - Chadstone3911,251860
Pascoe Vale3891,4531,064
Keilor East3871,082695
Glen Waverley - West3861,5341,148

The following table shows stock removals, completions and net additions between the September 2016 quarter and the June 2021 quarter for the Victorian SA2s impacted by the 2019-20 bushfire season. 

Areas impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires
Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)Stock removalsCompletionsNet additions
Bruthen - Omeo76282206


Realised demolition approvals

Unplanned stock losses


Data downloads

Total stock removals in Victoria by SA2, September quarter 2016 to June quarter 2021

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