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

Sept 05
Aug 05 to Sept 05
Sept 04 to Sept 05
no.
% change
% change

Trend

Total dwelling units approved
12 242
-2.0
-5.9
Private sector houses
8 665
-1.0
-0.3
Private sector other dwellings
3 192
-5.1
-19.6

Seasonally Adjusted

Total dwelling units approved
11 960
1.8
-6.4
Private sector houses
8 207
-2.4
-4.8
Private sector other dwellings
3 372
14.7
-13.0

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

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



SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend for total dwelling approvals fell 2.0% in September 2005, the fifth consecutive monthly fall.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 1.8%, to 11,960, in September 2005.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate of private sector house approvals fell 1.0% in September 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved fell 2.4%, to 8,207, in September 2005, the lowest estimate since May 2001. The estimate for New South Wales (1,377) was the lowest since July 2000.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate of private sector other dwellings approved fell 5.1% in September 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved rose 14.7%, to 3,372, in September 2005. This is still the second lowest estimate since February 2002.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building approved has fallen for the past three months, down 0.8% in September 2005. The value of new residential building approved fell 1.7% and the value of alterations and additions fell 2.4%. The value of non-residential building approved rose 0.8%, the eighth consecutive monthly rise.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved rose 9.5%, to $4,871.4m, in September 2005. The value of new residential building approved fell 2.3%, to $2,328.1m, the lowest estimate since May 2003. The value of alterations and additions rose 7.3%, to $391.7m.


NOTES

REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to Total Dwellings in this issue are:

2004-05
2005-06
Total

New South Wales
156
15
171
Victoria
-1
-5
-6
Queensland
-1
3
2
South Australia
-
7
7
Western Australia
35
-5
30
Tasmania
-
-
-
Northern Territory
-
-
-
Australian Capital Territory
-
-
-
TOTAL
189
15
204


There has been significant revisions to data for the City of Campbelltown (NSW), the City of Auburn (NSW), and the Shire of Murray (NSW) following the resolution of some reporting problems spanning the past 12 months.



DATA NOTES

Estimates have been included in this issue for the municipalities of Waringah and Ku-Ring-Gai in New South Wales, and Kwinana in Western Australia, who were unable to report all building work approved in their municipality 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 has fallen for the past five months. The trend fell 1.7% in September 2005.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of alterations and additions to residential building has now fallen for the past six months. The trend fell 2.4% in September 2005.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building shows eight months of growth, rising 0.8% in September 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 has fallen. This follows five months of modest growth.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved is showing falls for the past three months, after five months of growth.

Graph: Private sector houses approved



PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved shows strong declines for the past six months. The trend fell 5.1% in September 2005.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 2.0% in September 2005. The trend fell in all states and territories except the Northern Territory (+8.3%). The largest falls were in New South Wales (-2.0%), Victoria (-3.5%), Western Australia (-2.0%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-6.1%).


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.0% in September 2005. The trend fell in New South Wales (-1.3%), Victoria (-1.2%), Queensland (-0.9%), South Australia (-0.9%) and Tasmania (-2.3%), but was flat in Western Australia.

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

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 386
2 368
1 896
717
1 729
193
61
65
8 415
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 807
3 073
3 215
909
1 906
237
148
90
12 385
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-14.3
-5.4
-20.9
-1.6
-1.2
1.0
7.0
-22.6
-9.8
Total dwelling units (%)
0.8
0.1
-3.3
-10.0
-15.1
4.4
11.3
-55.9
-4.7

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 377
2 340
1 912
655
1 615
na
na
na
8 207
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 690
3 039
3 074
870
1 823
226
na
na
11 960
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-5.1
-3.2
-6.0
-0.8
4.8
na
na
na
-2.4
Total dwelling units (%)
8.9
5.8
4.9
-4.5
-9.9
7.6
na
na
1.8

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 546
2 553
2 021
649
1 585
na
na
na
8 665
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 682
3 206
3 094
868
1 921
216
131
124
12 242
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-1.3
-1.2
-0.9
-0.9
-
na
na
na
-1.0
Total dwelling units (%)
-2.0
-3.5
-1.2
-0.7
-2.0
-0.5
8.3
-6.1
-2.0

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



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATE TRENDS


NEW SOUTH WALES

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales shows strong falls for the past seven months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing falls for the past two months, after five months of growth.


Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW




VICTORIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Victoria shows strong falls for the past four months. The trend for private sector houses shows falls for the past three months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Vic




QUEENSLAND

The trend estimates for total dwelling units in Queensland shows falls for the past three months. The trend for private sector houses is showing small falls for the past two months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld




SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia shows modest falls for the past three months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing a general decline starting in February 2005.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA




WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia has fallen for the past five months. The trend for private sector houses was flat in September 2005 after six months of decline.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA


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