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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, May 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/07/2012   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

May 12
Apr 12 to May 12
May 11 to May 12
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
12 066
1.6
-6.5
Private sector houses
7 088
-1.2
-9.7
Private sector dwellings excluding houses
4 850
6.3
3.4
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
13 591
27.3
9.3
Private sector houses
7 256
8.7
-7.7
Private sector dwellings excluding houses
6 197
58.7
45.4


Dwelling units approved
Graph: Number of dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved
Graph: Private sector houses approved




MAY KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for total dwellings approved rose 1.6% in May and has risen for 4 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved rose 27.3% in May following a fall of 7.6% in the previous month.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.2% in May and has fallen for 29 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses rose 8.7% in May following a fall of 11.4% in the previous month.


PRIVATE SECTOR DWELLINGS EXCLUDING HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses rose 6.3% in May and has risen for 5 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses rose 58.7% in May and has risen for 2 months.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building approved rose 3.4% in May and has risen for 4 months. The value of residential building rose 2.1% and has risen for 5 months. The value of non-residential building rose 5.3% and has risen for 4 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved rose 43.4% in May after falling for 3 months. The value of residential building rose 26.8% after falling for 2 months. The value of non-residential building rose 71.0% and has risen for 2 months.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2012 (Additional Information)10 July 2012
June 201231 July 2012
June 2012 (Additional Information)7 August 2012
July 201230 August 2012
July 2012 (Additional Information)7 September 2012
August 2012 4 October 2012
August 2012 (Additional Information)11 October 2012
September 201231 October 2012



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


DATA NOTES

The statistics for Western Australia in recent months may have been impacted by the WA Building Act 2011 which came into effect on 2 April 2012. The statistics for Northern Territory have been significantly revised due to the late provision of some approval records.

The large increase in Dwelling Unit approvals in May 2012 was driven by a number of large private sector projects in New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory.

Since July 2011, Building Approval statistics have been produced using the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) , as well as the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). From the July 2012 issue, Building Approvals data will no longer be available on an ASGC basis. This change will only affect statistics below the State/Territory level. Statistical Local Area data will be discontinued, however Local Government Area data will be available on the ABS Building Approvals web pages, under the Downloads tab. For further information, please refer to the Feature Article in the April 2011 issue.


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to the total number of dwelling units approved in this issue are:

2010-11
2011-12
TOTAL

NSW
-
-
-
Vic.
-
694
694
Qld
-
72
72
SA
-
-
-
WA
-
1
1
Tas.
-
-
-
NT
-
199
199
ACT
-
-
-
Total
-
966
966




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