Top 13 Property Developers in Australia: The Definitive Guide

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Buying off-plan or new property is the first choice among many foreign investors in Australia.

In fact, established properties are only available to local citizens and temporary residents, unless you get approval from the FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board).

The government introduced new buying regulations as late as 2015, to reduce the influx of foreigners (especially from China), and to protect the local market.

As the trend becomes obvious and we see a higher demand for off-the-plan property, I decided to write this article where I list some of the biggest residential property developers in Australia.

1. Metricon Homes

Metricon has been ranked as the biggest residential developer in Australia by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) since 2011. In 2017, it retained its top position with 4,365 starts, more than any other developer.

Metricon Homes was established in 1976 and the head office is located in Melbourne.

Property types

Metricon builds mostly single and double-story homes. In addition, they offer services like knocking down old properties for rebuilding purposes, build display homes for investors and customize apartments according to your living style.

You can also find home and land packages, where you simply buy a block of land with different interiors and exteriors offered. Later, they build a house based on the design you select.

Current projects

Metricon Homes builds individual homes instead of projects. You can explore different designs on their website, like Amalfi, Allure, Dromana, and more than 80 other designs.

Future projects

You can find multiple packages on their website, including single and double-story homes in different locations, as well as home and land packages.

Prices & areas

Based on the prices quoted on their website, you can find a home and land package in all major cities of Australia. Prices range from around $200,000 to $1,800,000, depending on location, land size, and the design you choose.

They are currently building homes in South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.

2. Dyldam Developments

Dyldam Developments is another big developer in Australia and was ranked as the second biggest property developer by HIA in 2017, with 3,605 starts. Now it’s ranked as the biggest apartment developer in the country.

Dyldam Developments was founded in 1969 by Naim Khattar and Joseph Khattar.


Property types

Almost all of the latest constructions are medium and high-rise apartment buildings within and around Sydney.

In addition to residential apartments, they also develop commercial, retail, and mixed-use projects.

Current projects

  • Parkton
  • Layine
  • Virtu
  • Infinity
  • Somerset
  • Viewpoint

Future projects

  • South Quarter Precinct
  • Solstice
  • 142 Macquarie Street
  • George Street
  • Viaggio
  • Denier Park
  • Novita
  • Lexington

Prices & areas

For information about the prices of their projects, you can send them an email by visiting their website.

3. ABN Group

ABN Group was the third biggest property developer in Australia in 2017, with almost 3,500 starts.

It was founded in 1978, while the head office is located in Perth, WA.

The company offers a wide range of services, including the development of properties along with home financing. For each service, the group assigns many of its own subsidiaries, like Dale Alock Homes, The Maker, ABN Realty, Parcel Property, and Bluebay Home Loans.

Property types

The property development arm of ABN Group, Dale Alock Homes, builds individual homes instead of residential projects and apartments. But you can also find a few projects under the brand name Parcel Property.

In addition, they offer house and land packages where you can choose a location, land area, and design. After, they build your property accordingly.

Current projects

You can find a wide range of property designs on their websites, including Akoya, Alba, Aria, Argyle, and many more.

Projects under the Parcel Property brand include:

  • Craigie Apartments
  • Como Apartments
  • Duncraig Apartments
  • Vista Apartments

Future projects

Most residential projects are under the brand name Parcel Property or Dale Alock Homes. Below are two examples:

  • Vivo Apartments
  • Sorrento Apartments

Prices & areas

ABN Groups develop properties in Western Australia and Victoria.

  • Houses and land packages that range from $300,000 – 800,000, according to their website
  • The house and land package in Perth for APG designs is available from $400,000
  • The house and land package in Melbourne under Homebuyers Center package is available from a bit more than $300,000

4. Brookfield Multiplex

Brookfield Multiplex is an international construction contractor and property developer, based in Sydney. The company was founded by John Roberts in 1962.

It’s currently owned by Brookfield Business Partners, which is an asset management company headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

In addition to Australia, the company operates in India, Canada, the Middle East, and in Europe.

With 3,112 starts in 2017, it’s ranked the 4th largest residential developer in Australia by HIA.

Property types


They focus mostly on high-rise apartment buildings but also develop mixed-use projects, commercial projects, educational projects, and sports projects.

Some examples worth mentioning are Wembley Stadium in London, the University of Glasgow, and many of the skylines in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

Current projects

  • Gallery House, Brisbane
  • Melbourne Square
  • 447 Collins Street
  • Collins Square Tower, Melbourne

Future projects

Both hospitals, universities, parks, commercial, and residential complexes are currently under construction or planned for the future.

Some examples are:

  • Commercial Tower, 300 George Street, Brisbane
  • Brisbane Casino Towers
  • Australia 108, Melbourne
  • Australis Melbourne Apartments, Melbourne

5. Meriton Apartments

Founded in 1963, Meriton apartments is a big property developer in Australia that focuses on high-rise serviced-apartment towers. It was ranked as the 5th biggest property developer in 2017 by HIA, having almost 3,000 starts.

Meriton Apartments is owned by Harry Triguboff, who is also ranked as the second richest person in Australia by Forbes. Meriton has won numerous awards in the past and was ranked the 11th best company in the IBISWorld’s Top 500 companies, in 2014.

The same as it goes with many other big property developers, Meriton Apartments also owns a subsidiary, Meriton Suites.

Property types

As the name reflects, Meriton Apartments focuses on high-rise serviced apartments. In the last few years, Meriton has started to focus more on recreational and retail projects.

Current projects

  • The Gallery – Polo Collection
  • Symphony
  • Spectrum
  • The Gallery – Coco Collection
  • The Gallery – Mint Collection

Future projects

  • Pagewood Green – Dahlia
  • Lighthouse
  • Vida

Prices & areas

Most of the Meriton projects are centered around Sydney and Gold Coast.

  • The price of an apartment in The Retreat in the Sydney Olympic Park is around $600,000
  • The price of an apartment in Spectrum in Mascot, NSW is around $700,000
  • The price of an apartment in the Symphony on Epsom Road, Zetland, NSW is around $1,000,000

6. MJH Group

MJH Group is a big property developer in Australia and owns a multiple number of subsidiaries. It was ranked as the 6th largest residential developer by HIA in 2017 with almost 3,000 starts.

Originally founded as a private investment and management consulting firm in 1998, the firm later expanded into real estate as well.

The company owns a number of subsidiaries, such as Hayman Homes, MJH Multi-Residential Projects, Mojo Homes, Wilson Homes, and more.

Property types

Include all types of properties such as commercial property, townhouses, retirement villages, and government buildings.

Most of their residential projects are townhouses under the MJH Multi brand, but other brands like Mojo Homes, Wilson Homes and Hayman Homes build individual houses.

Current projects

Current projects under the MJH Multi brand are listed below

  • Glenhaven Green
  • The Ponds
  • Macarthur Gardens Medium Density Housing

The Hayman Homes and other similar brands offer home designs and construction of individual homes based on the design selected. In addition, they also offer house and land packages.

Future projects

  • Azure Townhomes
  • The Gallery

Prices & areas

  • The house and land package offered by the Hayman Homes for Bishampton Estate is available for around $600,000
  • The house and land package for Essington Rise is available for around $500,000
  • The Hayman Homes also offer 25 designs that cost between from $200,000 – 400,000

7. Henley Properties

With almost 2,500 starts in 2017, Henley Properties ranked 7th in the list of the biggest residential developers in Australia by HIA in 2017.

Henley Properties was established in 1990 in Victoria, later they extended their business to cover the whole of Australia.

Property types

Henley properties develop individual houses based on the home designs available on their website. They also offer house and land packages.

Prices & areas

  • The house and land package Nova 19 at Clyde North, Meridian is available for a bit more than $500,000
  • The house and land package Ava 16 at Craigieburn, Aston is available for a bit more than $500,000
  • The house and land package Ashbury 29 at Cranbourne West, Lochaven is available for around $700,000

8. Simonds Group

Simonds Group Limited consists of two businesses, Simonds Homes and Builders Academy Australia.

Simonds Homes was the 8th largest residential developer in Australia in 2017 according to HIA. It was established in 1949 by Gary Simonds making it one of the oldest developers.

Simonds Group Limited is currently headquartered in Victoria.

Property types

They develop mostly detached homes in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland.

They also build individual homes and offer house and land packages. You can choose from 60 different home designs available on their website.

Prices & areas

  • The house and land package Rathdowne in Wallan is available for around $400,000
  • The house and land package Nicholson in Wallan is available for around $400,000
  • The house and land package Windsor in Doreen is available for around $600,000

9. Burbank Homes

Founded in 1987, Burbank Homes is awell-known home developer in Australia. The company primarily builds homes in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and North-South Wales.

It’s owned by the Burbank Group which is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Property types

Burbank Homes offers individual homes based on the designs available on their website. Recently, they’ve started to build apartment projects and townhouses.

In total, there are more than 2,500 land and house packages available on their website.

Current projects

  • Mosaic Apartments Dandenong
  • Greentree townhouses
  • Forte

Prices & areas

  • The house and land package Clifton 130 in Bonshaw is available for around $300,000
  • The house and land package Alphington 158 in Delacombe is available for around $325,000

10. GJ Gardner Homes

Founded in 1983, GJ Gardner Homes is an international property developer that operates in Australia. They develop properties all over Australia and were ranked as the 10th biggest developer by HIA, with almost 2,000 starts in 2017.

The company has built more than 34,000 houses in the last three decades.

Property types

GJ Gardner develops individual houses and also offers house and land packages.

Prices & areas

  • The house and land package Stillwater 231 in Hobart West is available for around $700,000
  • The house and land package Carlton in Hobart West is available for around $320,000
  • The house and land package Oakdale 320 in Warragul is available for around $615,000

11. Stockland

Stockland Corporation Limited is one of the biggest and oldest property developers in Australia, founded in 1952.

Property types

Stockland develops different types of properties including malls, retirement villages, industrial estates, and housing estates. The head office is based in Sydney.

They currently own and manage more than 40 shopping centers in Australia and have built more than 65 residential communities, along with 16 commercial projects, 62 retirement villages, and 13 industrial centers.

Most of their residential projects are townhouses, but you can also find a few apartment projects.

Current projects

  • Altrove
  • Merrylands Court
  • Elara
  • Aura

Future projects

  • McKeachie’s Run
  • Toowong

Prices & areas

  • The house and land package in their upcoming McKeachie’s Run project is available for around $525,000
  • The house and land package in Augustine Heights is available for around $550.000
  • The land lot in Aura is available for around $325,000

12. Poly Australia

Poly Australia is a large property developer headquartered in Sydney. It’s also an international company with projects in China, the US, and the UK.

It was founded in 1992 and offers a wide range of real estate services, including construction, property management, hotel management, real estate development, building design, and more.

Property types

They’ve built more than 330 residential projects, 70 office towers, 14 shopping centers, 18 hotels, and 5 resorts so far.

Their residential projects include apartment buildings and residential house and land projects along with mixed-use projects.

Current projects

  • Grove Place
  • Poly Horizon
  • Claremont Manar
  • Tilia by Poly

Future projects

  • Bankstown
  • Kogarah

13. Frasers Property

Founded in 1924, Frasers Property is one of the biggest and oldest property developers in Australia. It’s the real estate arm of its parent company, Frasers Centrepoint.

The head office of Frasers Property is in Rhodes, New South Wales. The parent company (Frasers Centrepoint) also operates in Singapore.

Even if their commercial and residential projects are limited to Australia and Singapore only, their hospitality arm develops and manages hotels and resorts in 80 countries across the globe.

Property types

They’ve developed residential, commercial, industrial, and retail property in Australia.

Residential projects include apartments and homes & land projects.

Current projects

  • Hamilton Reach
  • Fairwater
  • Brookhaven
  • Coorparoo Square
  • Tailor’s Walk

Future projects

  • Ed. Square
  • The Waterfront
  • The Gallery
  • Berwick Waters
  • Burwood Brickworks

Prices & areas

  • The price of an apartment in Encompass Carlton in Carlton, VIC starts from around $450,000
  • The price of an apartment in Found in Carlton, VIC starts from around $425,000 and the price of a townhouse in the same project starts with a bit more than $1 million
  • The price of a terrace home in Cova in Hope Island, QLD starts from around $460,000

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