Master Builders Launches 'is Anybody Listening?' Campaign

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‘Is Anybody Listening?’ - Master Builders launches $500,000 Housing Affordability Campaign

The Master Builders Association of Victoria today launched its $500,000 housing affordability

advertising campaign – ‘Is Anybody Listening?’

The two-week campaign will include ads on prime-time television, commercial radio, in the

metropolitan press, on the internet and on motorised ‘Vespa Billboards’.

The campaign aims to promote community activism about Victoria’s worsening housing affordability


Association Executive Director Brian Welch said Victorians were fed up with politicians claiming to be

concerned about housing affordability.

“It’s every Victorian’s right to be able to affordably buy or rent a home,” he said.

“Over the past 15 years, Melbourne’s median house price has sky rocketed from $129,000 to

$468,500 – up 263 per cent!

“Unless Victoria’s housing affordability crisis is addressed soon, home ownership will only be a dream

for the wealthy.

“This campaign is a call to action. We are asking Victorians to contact their local politicians and ask

them what they are doing to address the housing affordability crisis.

“We need Victoria’s political parties to develop comprehensive strategies to ensure families are able to

secure their part of the Great Australian Dream.

“The community wants action on Victoria’s deteriorating housing choices – Is anybody listening?”

Master Builders campaign website provides info about our campaign

and the causes of Victoria’s housing affordability crisis.


Over the past 15 years:

The median Melbourne house prices has increased from $129,000 to $468,500 – up 263%.

The median Melbourne unit price has increased from $115,000 to $417,300 – up 263%.

The median Melbourne house price has increased from 2.9 times Melbourne’s household

income to 5.8 times.

The size of a typical Melbourne home loan deposit has more than tripled from $12,900 to


The median Melbourne lot price has increased from $55,000 to $179,500 – up 226%.

All statistics courtesy of Victorian Valuer-General, REIA and ABS. 

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