8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2008  
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DWELLING UNIT COMMENCEMENTS ORIGINAL


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES

Dec qtr 08
Sep qtr 08 to Dec qtr 08
Dec qtr 07 to Dec qtr 08
no.
%
%

New private sector houses
23 464
-7.2
-16.0
New private sector other residential building
9 204
-21.6
-25.8
Private sector conversion, etc.
190
-22.8
-62.4
Public sector dwellings
721
-37.0
-18.7
Total dwelling units
33 578
-12.6
-19.5

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced fell 12.6% in the December quarter 2008, to 33,578.
  • New private sector house commencements fell 7.2%, to 23,464. Commencements fell in all states and territories other than Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
  • New private sector other residential building fell 21.6%, to 9,204. This follows a revised rise of 0.4%, to 11,738 in the September quarter.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced fell 37.0%, to 721. Commencements rose in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, original