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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Aug 2006  
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

Aug 06
Jul 06 to Aug 06
Aug 05 to Aug 06
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
13 182
0.7
3.2
Private sector houses
8 820
0.4
0.9
Private sector other dwellings
4 084
1.0
9.9
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
12 432
-12.6
2.1
Private sector houses
8 952
1.1
7.5
Private sector other dwellings
3 213
-36.9
-9.1

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

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



AUGUST KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend estimate for total dwelling approvals rose 0.7% in August 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 12.6%, to 12,432, in August 2006.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector house approvals rose 0.4% in August 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved rose 1.1%, to 8,952, in August 2006. This is the highest level since June 2005.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved rose 1.0% in August 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 36.9%, to 3,213, in August 2006. This follows rises of 16.1%, 14.9% and 14.1% in the previous three months.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate for the value of total building approved fell 0.2% in August 2006. The value of new residential building rose 0.6% and the value of alterations and additions rose 0.3%. The trend for the value of non-residential building approved fell 1.3% in August 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total building approved fell 9.8%, to $4,944.6m, in August 2006. The value of new residential building approved fell 3.4%, to $2,625.7m. The value of alterations and additions fell 3.5%, to $449.6m. The value of non-residential building fell 18.6%, to $1,869.3m.


NOTES

REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to Total Dwellings in this issue are:

2005-06
2006-07
Total

NSW
54
1
55
Vic.
67
-
67
Qld
-1
-
-1
SA
58
-8
50
WA
5
-51
-46
Tas.
-
-
-
NT
8
-
8
ACT
-
-
-
Total
191
-58
133



INQUIRIES

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VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend for the value of new residential building has shown small rises over the last nine months.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend for the value of alterations and additions is now showing small rises for the last four months.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of non-residential building fell 1.3% in August 2006, after rising steadily since late 2004.

Graph: Non-Residental Building



DWELLINGS APPROVED BY TYPE OF DWELLING 2005–06


STATES AND TERRITORIES

The number of dwelling units approved in the States and Territories during 2005-06 is shown in the table below, for each type of dwelling category.

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

New houses
16 337
28 773
25 145
8 281
21 753
2 276
677
1 044
104 286
New semidetached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc of:
One storey
2 685
1 934
2 191
1 108
1 596
242
111
179
10 046
Two or more storeys
3 712
2 266
2 844
623
761
40
65
99
10 410
Total
6 397
4 200
5 035
1 731
2 357
282
176
278
20 456
New flats, units, apartments in a building of:
One or two storeys
1 042
262
992
208
275
4
74
91
2 948
Three storeys
2 043
756
1 337
309
388
-
8
216
5 057
Four or more storeys
6 500
1 921
5 022
615
873
38
310
236
15 515
Total
9 585
2 939
7 351
1 132
1 536
42
392
543
23 520
Total new other residential building
15 982
7 139
12 386
2 863
3 893
324
568
821
43 976
Other
Alterations and additions to residential building
229
105
63
3
44
13
59
1
517
Conversion
344
367
19
206
135
20
-
-
1 091
Non-residential building
103
144
28
18
18
1
4
1
317
Total building
32 995
36 528
37 641
11 371
25 843
2 634
1 308
1 867
150 187

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)



SUMMARY COMMENT

Of the 150,187 dwelling units approved in Australia in 2005-06, 104,286 (69.4%) were new houses. The mix of dwelling types varied significantly across the States and Territories. Less than half of the dwelling units approved were new houses in New South Wales (49.5%). In comparison, new houses accounted for over 75% of all dwelling units in Victoria (78.8%), Western Australia (84.2%) and Tasmania (86.4%).

DWELLINGS APPROVED, States and territories - By type of dwelling - 2005-06
Graph: Dwellings approved by type of dwelling




DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 0.7% in August 2006. The trend rose in all states and territories except Queensland (-1.8%), South Australia (-1.1%) and the Northern Territory (-3.4%). The largest increases were in Victoria (+3.1%) and the Australian Capital Territory (+2.8%).


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.4% in August 2006. The trend rose in New South Wales (+2.0%), Victoria (+2.7%) and South Australia (+0.9%), but fell in Queensland (-1.4%) and Western Australia (-2.5%).

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

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 518
3 120
2 446
735
1 845
201
76
124
10 065
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 861
3 725
3 321
952
2 340
232
84
230
13 745
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
2.8
23.2
4.9
3.5
7.9
-4.3
7.0
40.9
10.3
Total dwelling units (%)
15.2
3.3
-6.1
-9.1
-11.9
-5.7
-55.1
2.7
-1.7

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 358
2 881
2 054
654
1 640
na
na
na
8 952
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 543
3 512
2 856
850
2 157
221
na
na
12 432
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-8.8
18.9
-5.2
-6.6
-3.5
na
na
na
1.1
Total dwelling units (%)
-1.2
-14.5
-14.3
-11.1
-16.6
-10.9
na
na
-12.6

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 396
2 596
2 110
664
1 685
na
na
na
8 820
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 735
3 627
3 117
919
2 232
243
86
221
13 182
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
2.0
2.7
-1.4
0.9
-2.5
na
na
na
0.4
Total dwelling units (%)
0.8
3.1
-1.8
-1.1
0.6
0.8
-3.4
2.8
0.7

na not available



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED


STATE TRENDS


NEW SOUTH WALES

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW



The trend for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales has risen for the last five months after being in decline for the previous thirteen months. The trend estimate for private sector houses has risen for the last seven months.



VICTORIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - VIC



The trend for total dwelling units approved in Victoria has risen for the last six months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing rises for the last four months.



QUEENSLAND

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld



The trend for total dwelling units approved in Queensland is now showing falls for the last two months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing small falls for the last three months.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA



The trend for total dwelling units approved in South Australia is now showing falls for the last three months. The trend for private sector houses is showing small rises for the last four months.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia has been flat for the last seven months. The trend for private sector houses is showing falls for the last five months.

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