Auction volumes rose across the combined capital cities this week with 2,170 homes taken to auction, increasing on the 845 auctions held over the Easter week. The higher volumes saw an improvement in the preliminary auction clearance rate with 79.9% of homes selling, up on the 79.4% preliminary figure last week, which revised down to 77.1% at final collection on Wednesday.

Capital City Auction Statistics (Preliminary)


Over the same week last year, it was not only Easter which dampened auction activity, but also the imposition of social distancing measures which included the banning of on-site auctions. Under these conditions, a lower 634 auctions were scheduled and only 30.6% cleared with 56% withdrawn.

Weekly Clearance Rate, Combined Capital Cities

In Melbourne, 1,035 auctions were held across the city this week returning a preliminary auction clearance rate of 77.2%. The week prior saw a lower 211 auctions held and a final auction clearance rate of 73.5% and one year ago 88 auctions were held and 20% sold.


Sydney recorded a preliminary auction clearance rate of 82.8% this week as volumes rose. There were 814 auctions held across the city, up on the Easter week’s 404 auctions held when an 82% success rate was achieved according to final figures. One year ago, 413 auctions were held and a 32.1% clearance rate was recorded.

Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra all recorded preliminary auction clearance rates above 80% this week, Canberra was the better performer with a 90.1% preliminary result.  In Perth and Tasmania, 50% or less auctions were successful over the week.

Sub-region auction statistics