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Metricon is the nation’s top home builder. Image: supplied.
  • Metricon took the top spot, nationally
  • Is the sixth year in a row Metricon has done so
  • BGC remained top builder in WA

The Housing Industry Association has released its Top Home Builders list for 2020/21. The report ranks Australia’s largest 100 residential builders by the number of homes commenced each year.

It goes without saying, a boom year led to some interesting results.

“The past year has been a remarkable year for home building. We are seeing a record number of detached homes commence construction while at the same time, apartment construction is in the midst of a significant slump,” said HIA Chief Economist, Tim Reardon.

“The majority of builders increased their number of dwelling starts in 2020/21 compared to the previous year. Those that didn’t were more likely to be in the multi-unit market,” added Mr Reardon.

Moving up from fourth in the 2019/20 report, the second most active builder in 2020/21 was ABN Group with 5,345 starts. They were followed by MJH Group with 4,548 starts.

The largest apartment builder in the 2020/21 list was Hutchies, who ranked as the 5th most active builder overall. They are one of only three apartment builders in the top 20 this year.

The minimum number of homes to make it onto the list rose from 108 to 125, Mr Reardon noted it was the highest number in the 28 years that the report has been released.

“The top 100 builders grew their market share from 40% last year to 44% in 2020/21. This suggests that larger builders were able to expand their capacity to build faster than smaller builders,” concluded Mr Reardon.


metricon construction site
Metricon construction site. Image: Supplied.

Taking out the nation’s top spot for the sixth year in a row is Metricon. The company topped the list with 6,052 starts in the 2020/21 period, with homes constructed across Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia.

Mario Biasin, Metricon CEO. Image: Supplied.

“The Federal Government’s HomeBuilder scheme, lower interest rates, and increased consumer desire to live in new homes, many away from high-density areas, have facilitated a huge surge in demand for new detached homes,”

Metricon CEO Mario Biasin

This year, Metricon has grown from 604 site starts in Queensland in 2019/20 to 1,177 in 2020/21, representing a 95% year on year growth in the Sunshine State.


BGC housing group team and ceo michael bartier
BGC Team. Image: Supplied.

In Western Australia, BGC has maintained its top ranking as the state’s largest builder.

Previously placed seventh, nationally, BGC has risen to fourth overall, starting 4,205 homes in the 2020/21 period. That’s a near doubling compared to 2019/20, when they commenced 2,332 homes.

WA-based builder ABN Group did 3,150 in Western Australia, so came in second in the state, but were placed second overall in the country.

Michael Bartier
Michael Bartier, BGC Housing Group Executive General Manager. Image: Supplied.

“This level of success would simply not have been possible without our supportive customers and all BGC Housing Group staff, trades, suppliers who have worked incredibly hard through the pressures of Covid-19 and the stimulus.”

Michael Bartier, BGC Executive General Manager

“It has been a busy year for all of us, and this is a wonderful way to see everyone’s hard work acknowledged.”

National Top 20

Rank Company Starts
2020/21 2019/20 2020/21 2019/20
1 1 Metricon Homes 6,052 4,534
2 4 ABN Group 5,345 3,247
3 5 MJH Group 4,548 2,761
4 7 BGC Housing Group 4,205 2,332
5 2 Hutchies 3,015 3,820
6 6 Simonds Group 2,719 2,395
7 14 AHB Group 2,688 1,397
8 9 GJ Gardner Homes 2,611 1,913
9 10 Henley Properties 2,129 1,817
10 17 Silvestro Building Group (SBG) Pty Ltd 2,055 1,251
11 15 Hickinbotham Group of Companies 1,976 1,349
12 Redink Homes Pty Ltd / 101 Residential Pty Ltd / B1 Homes Pty Ltd 1,803 741
13 12 Porter Davis Homes 1,734 1,493
14 11 Carlisle Homes Pty Ltd 1,734 1,495
15 18 Burbank Group 1,604 1,114
16 Mirvac Group 1,560 290
17 Clarendon Residential Group 1,500 954
18 16 Creation Homes Group 1,474 1,259
19 Meriton Apartments 1,412 962
20 19 Coral Homes 1,359 1,098

Source: Housing Industry Association.

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