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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Apr 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/06/2005   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Apr 05
Mar 05 to Apr 05
Apr 04 to Apr 05
no.
% change
% change

Trend

Total dwelling units approved
12,606
-0.3
-14.1
Private sector houses
8,527
-0.1
-9.6
Private sector other dwellings
3,847
0.2
-22.1

Seasonally Adjusted

Total dwelling units approved
12,559
1.8
-15.3
Private sector houses
8,542
0.2
-12.0
Private sector other dwellings
3,793
9.6
-22.7

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

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



APRIL KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend for total dwelling approvals fell marginally (-0.3%) in April 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 1.8%, to 12,559, in April 2005.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate of private sector house approvals was relatively flat for the fifth consecutive month in April 2005 (-0.1%).
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.2%, to 8,542, in April 2005.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate of private sector other dwellings approved was relatively flat (+0.2%) in April 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved rose 9.6%, to 3,793, in April 2005. This follows a fall of 21.2% in March.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved fell 0.8%, to $4,506.7m, in April 2005. The value of new residential building approved fell 4.1%, to $2,290.4m, while the value of alterations and additions rose 1.5%, to $431.8m.


NOTES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Time series spreadsheets will be released in Excel format for the first time with the June 2005 issue of this publication on 3 August 2005. A concordance between the current Lotus 1,2,3 spreadsheets and the proposed Excel spreadsheets is available in Information Paper: Changes to Ausstats Tables for Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0.55.001).

REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions have been made to total dwelling units in this issue:

2003-04
2004-05
TOTAL

New South Wales
97
78
175
Victoria
-
-
-
Queensland
20
27
47
South Australia
3
-106
-103
Western Australia
2
12
14
Tasmania
-
-
-
Northern Territory
-
-
-
Australian Capital Territory
-
-24
-24
TOTAL
122
-13
109



DATA NOTES

Estimates have been included in this issue for the municipalities of Campbelltown and Hornsby in New South Wales which were unable to report all building work approved in their municipalities this month.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or David Finlay on Adelaide (08) 8237 7431.



VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of new residential building is showing falls for the past three months after three months of rises. The trend fell 0.9% in April 2005.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of alterations and additions to residential building was flat in April 2005, after five months of growth.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building is now showing four months of growth, rising 3.8% in April 2005.

Graph: Trend value of non-residential building approved



DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

For the fifth consecutive month the trend estimate for total dwelling units approved was relatively flat. This follows a general decline starting in October 2003.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved was relatively flat for the fifth consecutive month.

Graph: Private sector houses approved



PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved has grown for the past five months, with the rate of growth slowing in recent months. The trend rose 0.2% in April 2005.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved was relatively flat (-0.3%) in April 2005. The trend fell in Queensland (-3.7%), Tasmania (-3.3%), Northern Territory (-7.4%) and Australian Capital Territory (-10.3%), but rose in all the other states.


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved was relatively flat in April 2005. The trend fell in New South Wales (-0.6%), Queensland (-1.2%) and Western Australia (-0.8%), but rose in Victoria (+0.5%) and South Australia (+0.3%).

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

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,424
2,626
1,766
625
1,435
177
43
130
8,226
Total dwelling units (no.)
2,922
3,487
2,508
795
2,071
195
52
136
12,166
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-0.7
6.4
-11.8
-12.2
-6.8
-8.3
10.3
25.0
-3.1
Total dwelling units (%)
5.6
3.7
-9.8
-24.9
7.0
-10.6
-29.7
-11.7
-1.5

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,495
2,513
1,954
730
1,476
na
na
na
8,542
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,091
3,374
2,696
900
2,091
222
na
na
12,559
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-2.3
3.9
6.7
12.5
-16.3
na
na
na
0.2
Total dwelling units (%)
12.2
1.8
3.7
-9.6
-6.0
9.4
na
na
1.8

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,534
2,461
1,867
671
1,658
na
na
na
8,527
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,211
3,249
2,643
890
2,166
208
63
175
12,606
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-0.6
0.5
-1.2
0.3
-0.8
na
na
na
-0.1
Total dwelling units (%)
0.2
0.9
-3.7
2.3
1.9
-3.3
-7.4
-10.3
-0.3

na not available



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATE TRENDS


NEW SOUTH WALES

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales rose for the sixth consecutive month, with growth slowing in recent months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing consecutive monthly falls starting in September 2003.


Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW



VICTORIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Victoria rose 0.9% in the latest month, the third consecutive rise. The trend for private sector houses is showing rises for the past four months.


Graph: Dwelling units approved - Vic




QUEENSLAND

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Queensland is showing a general decline over the last nineteen months. The trend for private sector houses has also fallen over the last seventeen months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld




SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia shows rises for the past five months. The trend for private sector houses is now relatively flat.


Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA




WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia shows rises for the past six months after five months of decline. The trend for private sector houses now shows falls for the past two months after six months of growth.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA


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