Attached dwelling commencements - townhouses, units, and apartments - were up by 21 per cent from the first quarter of calendar year 2015, leading to just shy of 230,000 dwellings commenced in the year to March 2016, also a record.
As you can see in the chart above, annual house commencements have already passed their peak for this cycle, with Sydney in particular constructing fewer detached dwellings through the cycle as the harbour city becomes more dense - building up, not out - while on the other hand Melbourne continues its heroic sprawl.
Why? Because on average it's much faster to build a house on a shovel-ready block of greenfield land (perhaps only a few months) than it is to deliver a block of apartments on a brownfield site, which could chew up a period of several years from approval to completion.
The outcome of this is an epic supply bottleneck.
There are now more dwellings stuck in the "under construction" phase than we have ever witnessed before: a thunderous total of 218,262 dwellings, more than 150,000 of which are attached dwellings.
If you can see a lot of cranes on the city horizon, this is why!
In other words, lots and lots of apartment projects are underway but not yet finished.
Because the record high volume of units and apartments under construction are slower to come online than houses, the assumptions reported by The Australian have been over-egged when compared to the number of actual completions by some 85,000 dwellings.