Here’s how APRA have affected investor loans | State by State roundup

With owner-occupier loans teeing off, a quick look around the traps at where the macroprudential measures taken by APRA to cool property investment loans are taking the most effect.

Over the past two months investor loans have slowed almost right across the board in original terms.

In New South Wales investor loans have slowed from $6.6 billion at their June peak to $5.5 billion in August, though still remaining up by +20 per cent year-on-year.

Home loans have surged to unprecedented heights in this state which will remove the sting from the tail

In Victoria investment loans have ticked back over the past two months from $3.7 billion to $3.1 billion, although volumes do remain +14 per cent higher than one year ago.

In Queensland investor loans are down from $1.9 billion to $1.6 billion, but on a 12mMA basis have hit their highest level since April 2008.

Partly anecdotally, some inner Brisbane property markets have been performing well of late (ex-high density).

Investor loans in South Australia have been junked from above $0.5 billion back to $391 million, and the 12mMA trendline is now heading down.

The trendline for investment loans is also now pointing south in the resources state of Western Australia.

In just two months investor loans in Tasmania have dropped like a stone

This could prove to be volatility, but the trendline has certainly turned south.

It may be the case that with the market having been so flat in Tasmania for so long, there is insufficient equity available for investors to stump up the more stringent deposit requirements.

The ACT has also seen a very significant decline in investment loans in just two months after a decent run-up.

And while “property bust” seems to be one of the most overused terms in online media today, looking at the data tumbling out of Darwin it may well prove to be a very apt description for what Darwin is heading towards.

Nationally the mining bust is well underway, and once the Ichthys construction phase largesse winds up what follows is likely to be a sharp property correction for the Top End…or possibly worse.

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Pete Wargent


Pete Wargent is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and has a Financial Planning Diploma. He’s achieved financial freedom at the age of 33 - as detailed in his book ‘Get a Financial Grip – A Simple Plan for Financial Freedom’. Pete now manages his investment portfolio, travels and works as a consultant in the finance industry from time to time. Visit his blog

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  1. October 17, 2015 @ 12:28 pm Gary

    Hello, can you please tell me, are these loan figures based on the state of the owner or the state of the investment property?


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