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Our History

Established at a state level in 1962, the Institute evolved to become a national body with a number of state-based divisions in 1970.

The national body was originally based in Sydney within the NSW office, and in 2008 the UDIA National office was established in Canberra to focus on influencing Federal Government decisions regarding the urban development industry of Australia.

In 2020, the UDIA National Office located to Barangaroo in Sydney.

For some 60 years UDIA has played a significant role in Australia’s urban development landscape, both in helping to shape the process and in winning recognition of land development as a major component of the economy.

UDIA has evolved to become one of the country’s most successful and credible industry bodies, a non-profit organisation representing all segments of the development industry.

The UDIA successfully serves a diverse membership, working on behalf of a great range of organisations and individuals working within the development industry.