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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Sep 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/12/2005   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

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

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
38 769
-0.1
-3.4
New private sector houses
25 970
1.3
-1.6
New private sector other residential building
11 454
-2.1
-5.9

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
38 035
-5.0
-4.4
New private sector houses
25 780
-2.2
-0.4
New private sector other residential building
10 849
-11.6
-12.0

Dwelling units commenced - Total
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced



SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell marginally (-0.1%) in the September quarter 2005.
  • New private sector house commencements rose 1.3% in the latest quarter.
  • The trend for new private other residential building commencements fell 2.1% in September 2005 and is now showing falls for the past six quarters.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 5.0%, to 38,035, in the September quarter 2005.
  • New private sector house commencements fell 2.2%, to 25,780.
  • New private other residential building fell 11.6%, to 10,849, in the June quarter 2005. This is the lowest level since the December quarter 2001.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2005 21 March 2006
March 2006 22 June 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 20 January 2006.



SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, June quarter 2005 (cat. no. 8752.0), released on 14 October 2005:

  • the number of private sector new houses commenced in Australia during the June quarter 2005 has been revised upwards by 294 (+1.1%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the June quarter 2005 has been revised upwards by 222 (+1.9%).


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

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

New private sector houses
27 351
4.5
-0.6
New private sector other residential building
11 017
-8.7
-12.7
Private sector conversion, etc.
682
38.3
-26.6
Public sector dwellings
1 097
20.2
-0.4
Total dwelling units
40 148
1.3
-4.8

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced rose 1.3% in the September quarter 2005, to 40,148.
  • New private sector house commencements rose 4.5%, to 27,351. Commencements rose significantly in Queensland (+17.1%), Western Australia (+21.6%) and the Northern Territory (+45.7%), but fell in all other states and territories.
  • New private sector other residential building fell 8.7%, to 11,017. Only Victoria and the Northern Territory recorded rises.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced rose 20.2%, to 1,097.
Graph: ORIGINAL ESTIMATES



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 six quarters.



VICTORIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Vic.



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements is now showing rises in the last two quarters, after five quarters of decline.



QUEENSLAND

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Qld.



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements is now showing small rises in the last two quarters, after four quarters of decline.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, SA



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



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, WA



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements is now showing strong rises for the past three quarters.



TASMANIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Tas.



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements is now showing declines over the past five quarters.



NORTHERN TERRITORY

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, NT



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements is now showing a small rise in the latest quarter.



AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, ACT



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements is now showing a fall in the latest quarter.

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