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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/03/2009   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 08
Sep qtr 08 to Dec qtr 08
Dec qtr 07 to Dec qtr 08
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
33 546
-7.5
-16.0
New private sector houses
23 078
-5.5
-12.5
New private sector other residential building
9 488
-11.6
-21.3

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
32 637
-9.9
-19.5
New private sector houses
22 803
-4.9
-16.0
New private sector other residential building
8 856
-20.7
-25.4


Dwelling units commenced
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend estimates
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 7.5% in the December quarter 2008 following a fall of 6.4% in the September quarter 2008.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 9.9% in the December quarter which follows a revised fall of 8.9% in the September quarter.


NEW HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 5.5% in the December quarter following a fall of 4.8% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 4.9% in the December quarter following a revised fall of 10.7% in the September quarter.


OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 11.6% in the December quarter which follows a fall of 8.9% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building fell 20.7% in the December quarter following a revised fall of 4.8% in the September quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2009 17 June 2009
June 2009 15 September 2009



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 April 2009.


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, September quarter 2008 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 21 January 2009:
  • the total number of dwellings commenced in Australia during September quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 1331 (+3.6%).
  • the number of new private sector houses commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 70 (+0.3%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 1218 (+11.6%).


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Willie Hynd on Adelaide (08) 8237 7645.


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