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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/06/2007   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Mar qtr 07
Dec qtr 06
to Mar qtr 07
Mar qtr 06
to Mar qtr 07
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
38 523
1.0
3.0
New private sector houses
26 367
0.4
4.7
New private sector other residential building
10 867
2.0
-0.8

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
38 639
1.3
-0.3
New private sector houses
26 127
-0.9
2.7
New private sector other residential building
11 139
5.3
-6.8

Dwelling units commenced - Total
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced



MARCH KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced rose 1.0% in the March quarter 2007. This follows a revised increase of 0.2% in the December quarter 2006.
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements rose by 0.4% in the March quarter. This follows a revised increase of 0.7% in the December quarter 2006.
  • The trend for new private other residential building commencements rose 2.0% in the March quarter 2007. This follows a revised fall of 1.3% in the December quarter 2006.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total number of dwelling units commenced rose 1.3% in the March quarter 2007. This follows a revised increase of 0.6% in the December quarter 2006.
  • New private sector house commencements fell by 0.9% in the March quarter 2007. This follows a revised increase of 0.1% in the December quarter 2006.
  • New private other residential building rose 5.3% in the March quarter 2007. This follows a revised increase of 1.4% in the December quarter 2006.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2007 13 September 2007
September 2007 17 December 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 17 July 2007.



DATA NOTES

As a survey of approved building jobs, outcomes from the Building Activity Survey are subject to the accuracy of Building Approvals information used in preparing the collection. Some errors have been identified in Building Approvals information for a number of regions in Australia over recent years. Adjustments were made to the affected Building Approvals series and revisions were incorporated into the March 2007 issue of Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0), released on 8 May 2007.


As a result of the changes in the Building Approvals series there will be corresponding revisions to other building series. These changes will be incorporated in the March 2007 issue of Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0), to be released on 17 July 2007.



INQUIRIES

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