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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, May 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/07/2006   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

May 06
Apr 06 to May 06
May 05 to May 06
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
12 357
0.4
-7.8
Private sector houses
8 722
0.6
-1.8
Private sector other dwellings
3 366
-
-20.5
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
12 729
3.3
-11.7
Private sector houses
8 858
2.8
-3.1
Private sector other dwellings
3 673
10.0
-25.6

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

Dwelling units approved, Total number
Graph: Number of dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved, Total number
Graph: Private sector houses approved



MAY KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend estimate for total dwelling approvals rose 0.4% in May 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 3.3%, to 12,729, in May 2006.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector house approvals rose 0.6% in May 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved rose 2.8%, to 8,858, in May 2006.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved was flat in May 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved rose 10.0%, to 3,673, in May 2006. This follows a fall of 13.9% in April 2006.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate for the value of total building approved rose 0.8% in May 2006. The value of new residential building rose 0.7%, while the value of alterations and additions fell 0.7%. The trend for the value of non-residential building approved rose 1.4% in May 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total building approved rose 8.4%, to $5,154.2m, in May 2006. The value of new residential building approved rose 7.4%, to $2,593.1m. The value of alterations and additions fell 1.6%, to $438.4m, while the value of non-residential building rose 12.1%, to $2,122.7m (see Data Notes).


NOTES

REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to Total Dwellings in this issue are:

2004-05
2005-06
Total

NSW
219
58
277
Vic.
11
37
48
Qld
151
220
371
SA
-
-28
-28
WA
32
2
34
Tas.
-
-
-
NT
-
2
2
ACT
-
38
38
Total
413
329
742



DATA NOTES

Seasonally adjusted and trend estimates have been revised in this issue as a result of the annual reanalysis of seasonal factors.


This year's annual seasonal reanalysis includes some changes to the method of aggregation used for seasonal adjustment. In particular, this affects the non-residential value time series. Although these series are highly volatile they contain some seasonal variation, therefore, they have been seasonally adjusted. For further details of these changes, please contact timeseries@abs.gov.au or telephone (02) 62526345.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Paul Pamment on Adelaide (08) 8237 7499.



VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend for the value of new residential building has shown small rises over the last six months.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of alterations and additions to residential buildings fell 0.7% in May 2006.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of non-residential building rose 1.4% in May 2006, and is now showing small rises for the past three months.

Graph: NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING



DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

The trend for total dwelling units approved is now showing small rises over the past three months.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend for private sector houses approved has risen for the last five months after falls in the previous six months.

Graph: Private sector houses approved



PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend for private sector other dwellings approved has been in general decline since May 2005, although the rate of decline has slowed significantly over recent months.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 0.4% in May 2006. The trend rose in Victoria (+0.3%), Queensland (+1.5%), South Australia (+2.1%) and Western Australia (+0.7%), but fell in New South Wales (-0.7%), the Northern Territory (-8.4%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-2.9%). The trend was flat in Tasmania.


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.6% in May 2006. The trend rose in New South Wales (+1.2%), Victoria (+0.4%), Queensland (+1.1%) and Western Australia (+1.6%), but fell in South Australia (-0.4%).

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 484
2 859
2 408
689
2 231
224
51
109
10 055
Total dwelling units (no.)
3 107
3 738
3 371
939
2 746
231
71
245
14 448
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
45.5
43.7
38.2
22.8
36.7
54.5
41.7
73.0
39.8
Total dwelling units (%)
54.3
46.9
43.4
-22.9
35.3
50.0
-1.4
100.8
37.6

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 285
2 655
2 126
624
1 850
na
na
na
8 858
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 553
3 317
3 180
899
2 299
202
na
na
12 729
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
0.7
20.3
-0.8
-7.9
-9.3
na
na
na
2.8
Total dwelling units (%)
6.1
21.5
8.5
-34.0
-8.4
8.0
na
na
3.3

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 271
2 439
2 154
641
1 903
na
na
na
8 722
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 392
3 132
3 119
940
2 313
204
87
166
12 357
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
1.2
0.4
1.1
-0.4
1.6
na
na
na
0.6
Total dwelling units (%)
-0.7
0.3
1.5
2.1
0.7
-
-8.4
-2.9
0.4

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
na not available



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED


STATE TRENDS


NEW SOUTH WALES

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW



The trend for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales has been in decline for the past fifteen months. The trend estimate for private sector houses has shown small rises for the last four months.



VICTORIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - VIC


The trend for total dwelling units approved in Victoria is now showing small rises for the last six months. The trend for private sector houses now shows small rises for the last two months.



QUEENSLAND

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld



The trend for total dwelling units approved in Queensland has risen for the last five months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last six months.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA



The trend for total dwelling units approved in South Australia has risen for the last five months. The trend for private sector houses has been in a slow decline for the last sixteen months.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia has risen for the last ten months, although the rate of growth has slowed over recent months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last eleven months.

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