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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, January 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/03/2013   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Jan 13
Dec 12 to Jan 13
Jan 12 to Jan 13
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
13 339
1.1
15.9
Private sector houses
7 431
-0.4
-0.8
Private sector dwellings excluding houses
5 703
3.0
47.8
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
12 920
-2.4
9.9
Private sector houses
7 484
3.2
-2.1
Private sector dwellings excluding houses
5 251
-9.1
34.9


Dwelling units approved
Graph: Dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved
Graph: Private sector houses




JANUARY KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for total dwellings approved rose 1.1% in January and has risen for 12 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 2.4% in January and has fallen for two months.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 0.4% in January and has fallen for four months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses rose 3.2% in January after falling for three months.


PRIVATE SECTOR DWELLINGS EXCLUDING HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses rose 3.0% in January and has risen for four months..
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses fell 9.1% in January after rising for two months.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building approved rose 1.2% in January and has risen for 12 months. The value of residential building rose 1.3% and has risen for eight months. The value of non-residential building rose 1.0% and has risen for three months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved rose 6.6% in January after falling for three months. The value of residential building fell 1.7% after rising for two months. The value of non-residential building rose 20.9% after falling for two months.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2013 4 April 2013
March 2013 2 May 2013
April 2013 30 May 2013
May 2013 4 July 2013
June 2013 30 July 2013
July 2013 2 September 2013



DATA NOTES

A number of time series spreadsheets, as well as tables 13, 14 and 16 from this publication, contain 'np' (not available for publication) annotations. This is due to confidential data being contained in these series.

Since July 2011 new or reviewed ABS geographic and building type classifications were introduced into Building Approvals statistics. As of this release, historical Building Approval estimates from July 2001 onwards have been revised to reflect these changes. The current version of these classifications used in this process are:

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), 2011 Edition (cat. no. 1270.0.55.001)

ABS Functional Classification of Buildings 1999 (Revision 2011) (cat. no. 1268.0.55.001).

In addition to updating classifications from July 2001 onward, the ABS also undertook a major audit of data provision in Building Approvals during 2012. This audit identified a number of reporting issues and systematic reporting anomalies in some constituencies. As a consequence, revision and correction of data from historical periods also going back to July 2001 has been undertaken in this release. The aggregate impacts of these revisions are discussed below in REVISIONS THIS MONTH.

All data from July 2001 onwards has now been coded to Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) geography based on the 2011 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Revised data from July 2001 are included in this release for all building approvals series at the Australia, State/Territory, Greater Capital City Statistical Area, and Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2). Historical SA2 data can be downloaded as SuperTable data cubes except for Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The ABS intends to release revised estimates at the Local Government Area (LGA) level and SA2 Excel data cubes later this year. SA2 and LGA level SuperTable data cubes are currently unavailable for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, these will be released as "Additional Information" to the ABS website as soon as available.


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

See DATA NOTES above for major sources of revisions. The inclusion of previously missing data, deletions where duplication had occurred, and late reportage of approvals from recent months resulted in a net upward revision over the period from July 2001 to December 2012, of:
      17,368 dwellings to the estimate of the number of dwelling units approved;
      $5.0b to the estimate of the value of total residential building approved; and
      $4.5b to the estimate of the value of total non-residential building approved.

Revisions to the total number of dwelling units approved

2001-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
Total

NSW
309
322
859
740
963
1 371
1 091
718
588
6 961
Vic.
-71
4
25
6
26
625
-18
-42
147
702
Qld
42
350
221
245
616
2 470
2 021
547
145
6 657
SA
413
92
100
37
194
313
465
89
-
1 703
WA
141
31
48
74
128
290
149
102
40
1 003
Tas.
14
14
34
22
68
122
35
18
-
327
NT
-
1
-
-
5
8
-6
-
13
21
ACT
-
-
-4
-
-3
-1
-
2
-
-6
Total
848
814
1 283
1 124
1 997
5 198
3 737
1 434
933
17 368
Contribution to total dwellings from revisions (%)
1.0
0.5
0.8
0.7
1.5
2.9
2.2
1.0
1.0
0.9

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)



Revisions to the total value of building approved

2001-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
Total
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

NSW
155.4
124.2
498.6
515.5
537.6
814.5
1 003.7
439.4
117.5
4 206.4
Vic.
-12.6
1.4
8.4
-5
7.6
197.5
4.8
15.6
359.9
577.6
Qld
35.3
147.3
215.8
167.5
309.4
974.6
805.6
230.3
11.2
2 896.9
SA
94.7
30.3
34.2
18.5
191.4
122.3
195.7
68.6
39.3
795.0
WA
47.2
11.8
22.8
72.4
111.6
133.7
50.4
89.9
319.0
858.7
Tas.
8.6
23.8
17.8
15.5
29.6
54.5
15.8
6.5
-
172.1
NT
0.1
0.2
-
-2.3
9.1
3.4
-9.6
-
5.2
6.1
ACT
-
-
-0.9
32.1
-0.4
-15.7
1.4
1.1
-
17.5
Total
328.7
339.0
796.5
814.1
1 195.9
2 284.8
2 067.8
851.3
852.2
9 530.4
Contribution to total value from revisions (%)
0.7
0.5
1.2
1.0
1.7
2.6
2.6
1.1
2.3
1.2




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