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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2005  
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 05
Sep qtr 05 to Dec qtr 05
Dec qtr 04 to Dec qtr 05
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
37 058
-3.1
-4.6
New private sector houses
25 553
-0.5
0.7
New private sector other residential building
10 268
-8.7
-13.0

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
35 846
-7.5
-8.4
New private sector houses
25 060
-2.9
-2.6
New private sector other residential building
9 617
-16.6
-16.6

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 3.1% in the December quarter 2005.
  • New private sector house commencements fell 0.5% in the latest quarter.
  • The trend for new private other residential building commencements fell 8.7% in December 2005 and is now showing falls for the past three quarters.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 7.5%, to 35,846, in the December quarter 2005. Falls were recorded in all states.
  • New private sector house commencements fell 2.9%, to 25,060.
  • New private other residential building fell 16.6%, to 9,617, in the December quarter 2005. This is the lowest level since the June quarter 2001.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2006 22 June 2006
June 2006 14 September 2006



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 21 April 2006.



SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, September quarter 2005 (cat. no. 8752.0), released on 20 January 2006:

  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2005 has been revised upwards by 193 (+1.6%).

The seasonally adjusted and trend series have been revised as a result of the annual review of concurrent seasonal factors. See paragraphs 9 to 15 of the Explanatory Notes.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Tamra Guiver on Adelaide (08) 8237 7655.



DWELLING UNIT COMMENCEMENTS ORIGINAL


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES

Dec qtr 05
Sep qtr 05 to Dec qtr 05
Dec qtr 04 to Dec qtr 05
no.
%
%

New private sector houses
25 979
-5.5
-2.4
New private sector other residential building
10 538
-11.9
-16.6
Private sector conversion, etc.
230
-68.1
-42.6
Public sector dwellings
845
-26.5
-33.4
Total dwelling units
37 592
-9.0
-8.1

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced fell 9.0% in the December quarter 2005, to 37,592.
  • New private sector house commencements fell 5.5%, to 25,979. Commencements rose in New South Wales (+1.5%), South Australia (+5.9%) and the Northern Territory (+2.0%), and fell in all other states and territories.
  • New private sector other residential building fell 11.9%, to 10,538. Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory recorded rises.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced fell 26.5%, to 845.
Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, original



DWELLING UNIT COMMENCEMENTS STATES & TERRITORIES


NEW SOUTH WALES
Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, NSW



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements has fallen for the past seven quarters.



VICTORIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Vic.



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements is now showing falls for the last two quarters.



QUEENSLAND

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Qld.



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements has fallen this quarter, after two quarters of increase.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, SA



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements is now showing falls for the past two quarters.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, WA



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements has risen for the past four quarters.



TASMANIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Tas.



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements has fallen for the past six quarters.



NORTHERN TERRITORY

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, NT



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements has risen for the past two quarters.



AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, ACT



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements has fallen for the past two quarters.

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