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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Jan 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/03/2005   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Jan 05
Dec 04 to Jan 05
Jan 04 to Jan 05
no.
% change
% change

Trend

Total dwelling units approved
12,602
-
-14.4
Private sector houses
8,592
-
-12.8
Private sector other dwellings
3,615
0.3
-20.7

Seasonally Adjusted

Total dwelling units approved
13,246
1.7
-9.0
Private sector houses
8,881
8.4
-8.9
Private sector other dwellings
4,007
-10.1
-11.4

- 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



JANUARY KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend estimate for total dwellings has flattened, with the estimate for January 2005 virtually unchanged from December 2004. This follows eight months of decline.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 1.7%, to 13,246, in January 2005.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • Following falls over the previous fifteen months, the trend estimate for private sector houses was flat in January 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved rose 8.4%, to 8,881, in January 2005, following a fall of 6.8% in December 2004.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved rose marginally (+0.3%) in January 2005, after seven months of decline.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 10.1%, to 4,007, in January 2005, following a rise of 27.5% in December 2004.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved rose 0.8%, to $4,258.6m, in January 2005. The value of new residential building approved fell 3.8%, to $2,448.7m.


NOTES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.



REVISIONS THIS MONTH

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

2003-04
2004-05
TOTAL

New South Wales
161
-9
152
Victoria
15
-6
9
Queensland
39
14
53
South Australia
-
-106
-106
Western Australia
-
29
29
Tasmania
-
-1
-1
Northern Territory
-
1
1
Australian Capital Territory
-
-20
-20
TOTAL
215
-98
117


A previously unreported approval has resulted in an increase of $77m to non-residential building in Queensland for December 2004.



DATA NOTES

Estimates have been included in this issue for three councils unable to report all building work approved in their municipalities this month (Campbelltown and Canada Bay in New South Wales, and Pine Rivers in Queensland).



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 a rise over the past three months after six months of decline. The trend rose 1.0% in January 2005.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of alterations and additions to residential building is now showing a rise over the past three months. The trend rose 0.8% in January 2005.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building is now showing five months of decline, falling 4.2% in January 2005.

Graph: Non-residential building



DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved was flat in January 2005 following a general decline starting in 2003.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved is now flat after declining for the previous fifteen months.

Graph: Private sector houses approved



PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved rose 0.3% in January 2005 after falling for the previous seven months.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved was flat in January 2005. The trend rose in all states and territories except Victoria (-2.3%), Queensland (-0.7%) and the Northern Territory (-7.7%).


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved was flat in January 2005. The trend continued to fall in New South Wales (-1.1%), Victoria (-0.1%) and Queensland (-1.6%) but rose in South Australia (+2.0%) and Western Australia (+2.8%).

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

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,206
1,864
1,615
470
1,512
162
22
28
6,879
Total dwelling units (no.)
2,314
2,315
2,627
982
1,671
193
82
481
10,665
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-20.6
-7.3
-4.7
-35.1
-1.4
-19.4
-15.4
-61.1
-11.6
Total dwelling units (%)
-26.3
-18.7
-14.3
11.6
-14.5
-25.5
-2.4
-11.6
-16.5

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,517
2,634
2,034
681
1,751
na
na
na
8,881
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,111
3,085
3,067
1,193
1,983
227
na
na
13,246
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-0.2
22.3
7.0
-4.8
9.1
na
na
na
8.4
Total dwelling units (%)
4.2
3.2
-7.3
36.8
-0.3
-8.1
na
na
1.7

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,508
2,427
2,015
694
1,675
na
na
na
8,592
Total dwelling units (no.)
2,907
3,144
3,147
836
1,929
242
84
313
12,602
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-1.1
-0.1
-1.6
2.0
2.8
na
na
na
-
Total dwelling units (%)
0.8
-2.3
-0.7
0.5
0.4
0.4
-7.7
30.4
-

- 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 rose 0.8% in January 2005 after falling for the previous nine months. The trend for private sector houses is showing declines for the last seventeen months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW


VICTORIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units in Victoria is showing a decline over the past fifteen months. The trend for private sector houses shows a decline over the past seventeen months with the rate of decline slowing in recent 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 sixteen months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing a decline over the last fifteen months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia is now showing a rise after six months of decline. The trend for private sector houses is now showing a rise over the past four months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA


WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia now shows a rise in the last two months after six months of decline. The trend for private sector houses shows a rise over the past five months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA

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