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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/06/2011   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

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

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
38 570
-1.9
-8.1
New private sector houses
22 784
-4.8
-19.3
New private sector other residential building
13 805
5.3
24.0

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
39 578
3.1
-12.9
New private sector houses
23 124
-1.9
-18.2
New private sector other residential building
14 550
14.7
36.0


Dwelling units commenced
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend estimates
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced




MARCH KEY POINTS


DWELLING UNITS COMMENCED
  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 1.9% in the March quarter 2011 following a fall of 2.6% in the December quarter 2010.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced rose 3.1% in the March quarter which follows a fall of 4.0% in the December quarter.


NEW HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 4.8% in the March quarter following a fall of 5.4% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 1.9% in the March quarter following a fall of 6.7% in the December quarter.


OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend estimate for new private sector other residential building commencements rose 5.3% in the March quarter following a rise of 4.9% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building rose 14.7% in the March quarter following a rise of 6.1% in the December quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2011 14 September 2011
September 2011 13 December 2011



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 20 July 2011.


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, December quarter 2010 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 19 April 2011:
  • the total number of dwellings commenced in Australia during December quarter 2010 has been revised upwards by 546 (+1.4%).
  • the number of new private sector houses commenced in Australia during the December quarter 2010 has been revised upwards by 275 (1.1%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the December quarter 2010 has been revised upwards by 253 (+2.0%).


DATA NOTE

Widespread flooding in the eastern states, particularly Queensland, and other natural disasters have not adversely affected the quality of estimates in this release. However, these events may have had an impact on the level of dwelling commencements in the March quarter of 2011.


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