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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2012  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/06/2012   
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Mar qtr 12
Dec qtr 11 to Mar qtr 12
Mar qtr 11 to Mar qtr 12

New private sector houses
18 327
New private sector other residential building
8 803
Private sector conversion, etc.
Public sector dwellings
Total dwelling units
27 826

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced fell 24.6% in the March quarter 2012, to 27,826.
  • No state or territory experienced an increase in dwelling unit commencements this quarter. The largest decreases were seen in the Australian Capital Territory (-50.9%), New South Wales (-46.7%), the Northern Territory (-27.8%) and Tasmania (-24.0%).
  • New private sector house commencements fell 21.5% to 18,327.
  • New private sector house commencements fell in all states and territories. The Northern Territory (-39.3%), New South Wales (-32.0%) and Victoria (-30.7%) experienced the largest falls.
  • New private sector other residential building fell 31.0%, to 8,803. This follows a fall of 3.3% in the December quarter.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced fell by 25.9% to 460.
  • South Australia experienced the largest number of public sector dwelling commencements (170), followed by Western Australia (142), while the Northern Territory had no public sector dwelling commencements this quarter.
Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, original

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