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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/03/2012   
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DWELLING UNIT COMMENCEMENTS ORIGINAL


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES

Dec qtr 11
Sep qtr 11 to Dec qtr 11
Dec qtr 10 to Dec qtr 11
no.
%
%

New private sector houses
22 793
-3.1
-7.8
New private sector other residential building
10 883
-14.8
-17.4
Private sector conversion, etc.
362
11.7
32.6
Public sector dwellings
636
-50.9
-61.2
Total dwelling units
34 674
-8.6
-12.9

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced fell 8.6% in the December quarter 2011, to 34,674.
  • Tasmania (16.7%) and New South Wales (8.6%) were the only states to experience an increase in dwelling unit commencements this quarter. The largest decreases were seen in Queensland (-22.5%), the Northern Territory (-21.7%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-18.0%).
  • New private sector house commencements fell 3.1% to 22,793.
  • New private sector house commencements rose in the Northern Territory (42.3%), the Australian Capital Territory (18.5%), Tasmania (7.8%) and South Australia (2.2%) while New South Wales (-6.7%), Western Australia (-4.2%), Queensland (-4.1%) and Victoria (-3.4%) experienced falls.
  • New private sector other residential building fell 14.8%, to 10,883. This follows a fall of 8.6% in the September quarter.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced fell by 50.9% to 636.
  • Public sector dwelling unit commencements fell in Victoria (-80.5%), Northern Territory (-64.6%), Queensland (-61.1%) New South Wales (-47.2%), and Western Australia (-17.2%) while Tasmania (342.9%), the Australian Capital Territory (41.2%) and South Australia (23.0%) experienced rises.
Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, original


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