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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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Dec qtr 11
Sep qtr 11 to Dec qtr 11
Dec qtr 10 to Dec qtr 11

New private sector houses
22 793
New private sector other residential building
10 883
Private sector conversion, etc.
Public sector dwellings
Total dwelling units
34 674

  • 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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