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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/03/2007   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 06
Sep qtr 06
to Dec qtr 06
Dec qtr 05
to Dec qtr 06
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
37 357
-1.2
-0.5
New private sector houses
26 277
1.1
3.9
New private sector other residential building
9 931
-6.4
-9.5

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
37 413
-0.8
5.5
New private sector houses
26 110
-0.6
5.4
New private sector other residential building
10 123
-1.8
5.7

Dwelling units commenced - Total
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell by 1.2 % in the December quarter 2006.
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements rose by 1.1% in the December quarter 2006.
  • The trend for new private other residential building commencements fell by 6.4% in the December quarter 2006.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total number of dwelling units commenced fell by 0.8% in the December quarter 2006.
  • New private sector house commencements fell by 0.6% in the December quarter 2006.
  • New private other residential building fell by 1.8% in the December quarter 2006.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2007 20 June 2007
June 2007 13 September 2007



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This publication provides an early indication of trends in the number of dwelling units commenced. The data are estimates based on a response rate of approximately 90% of a sample of building jobs collected in the Building Activity Survey. More comprehensive and updated results will be released in Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 19 April 2007.



SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

The seasonally adjusted and trend series have been revised as a result of the annual review of concurrent seasonal factors. See paragraphs 9 to 16 of the Explanatory Notes.

DATA NOTES

Seasonally adjusted numbers of dwelling unit commencements in the Northern Territory are being released for the first time. These numbers should be used with caution. For further information, see paragraph 13 of the Explanatory Notes.


With the inclusion of the Northern Territory seasonally adjusted data in 8750.0 there is an additional series in the Electronic table no. 2, Dwelling unit commencements, states and territories.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or James Inglis on Adelaide (08) 8237 7645.


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