Apartments more popular than homes SOAC2012
The number of Australians who prefer to live in apartments over suburbs is increasing, particularly in the large cities. According to the latest data from the State of Australian Cities 2012 report (SOAC2012), attached dwellings comprise nearly 30% of Australian homes.
In Canberra, 70% of approvals for new housing are for attached dwellings. Approvals for apartments have been outnumbering those for houses for quite some time in Sydney and Darwin. Analysts say that the same trend is expected to occur in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Apartment living comes with different sets of rules, including everyday items like getting all of your utilities connected, including the National Broadband Network (NBN). Connecting to the NBN can be a more difficult process which requires coordination between residents, owners, property managers, authorised representatives, and technicians.
Recently, NBN has initiated a project though to make it easier for apartment dwellers to install broadband connections in their homes. The roll out is available whether one is a resident of a self-managed building, or a member or non-member of Strata Community Australia (SCA). To begin the process, you need to log in and provide relevant information on the NBN website. This will initiate steps that make it easier for NBN and its contractors to liaise with the building’s representatives for access to the building to do installation work.
Image from front page of SOAC2012 report