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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/06/2009   
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Mar qtr 09
Dec qtr 08 to Mar qtr 09
Mar qtr 08 to Mar qtr 09

New private sector houses
19 486
New private sector other residential building
7 453
Private sector conversion, etc.
Public sector dwellings
Total dwelling units
28 007

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced fell 15.9% in the March quarter 2009, to 28,007.
  • New private sector house commencements fell 15.5%, to 19,486. Commencements fell in all states and territories other than New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
  • New private sector other residential building fell 20.2%, to 7,453. This follows a revised fall of 22.6%, to 9,344 in the December quarter.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced rose 15.3%, to 822. Falls in Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory were more than offset by gains in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, original

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