Bert Dennis Bio


Dip CE, CE, MIEA, CPEng (Ret.)


Bert Dennis has been part of Victoria’s property industry for more than 50 years. He has been an influential figure in that time, actively serving the wider industry in a variety of different capacities and promoting affordability in housing.

Bert is a qualified civil engineer.  He started a consultancy practice with a partner in 1960 when aged 24, and from there he quickly branched into other fields. 

He and his family 100 percent own the Dennis Family Corporation. The company is currently developing residential communities in Victoria and South East Queensland and constructing approximately 1,000 homes per annum in Victoria and southern New South Wales.  The Dennis family also has investments in commercial real estate and has a joint venture partnership to build retirement villages.

The Dennis Family Corporation was awarded the Australian Family Business of the Year, Second Generation, in 2001.

In addition to authoring many papers on the land and housing industry, Bert has served on numerous Federal, State and Local Government committees.  He has been the State and National President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and was awarded Life Membership of both UDIA Victoria and UDIA National. 

Bert has also been a major contributor to the Property Industry Foundation (PIF), serving as a Director nationally for over two years from August 2008 and Chairman of PIF (Vic) from its formation in June 2008 until October 2010.  He remained on the PIF (Vic) Board of Advisers until his retirement in 2011.  Additionally, Bert was Founding President of the Australian Population Institute until December 2004 and continues his involvement as a Committee member.

The Sir Phillip Lynch Award, the HIA’s highest acknowledgement, was awarded to Bert in May 2003 in recognition and appreciation of outstanding service to the Australian Housing Industry. 

In January 2005, Bert was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) for service to the housing industry, to the community through contributing to the debate on urban planning and for his support of charitable organisations.

In May 2010, Bert received the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association’s highest honour, the Richard J Evans Award, in recognition of outstanding service to the industry.

Independent of his substantial contribution and high standing within his professional domain, Bert has also been a Director of the Leukaemia Foundation of Victoria and Chairman of its Accommodation Committee. He was also formerly a Director of the Kooyong Tennis Foundation.

Bert is joined in the company by his four adult children and several of his eleven grandchildren.