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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Sep 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/11/2004   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep 04
Aug 04 to Sep 04
Sep 03 to Sep 04
no.
% change
% change

Trend

Total dwelling units approved
13,316
-2.4
-12.2
Private sector houses
8,682
-1.9
-16.0
Private sector other dwellings
4,260
-3.5
-6.4

Seasonally Adjusted

Total dwelling units approved
12,928
-3.8
-24.6
Private sector houses
8,509
-4.4
-18.4
Private sector other dwellings
4,116
-1.4
-36.4

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 estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 2.4% in September 2004. The trend series now shows a decline for the past five months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 3.8%, to 12,928, in September 2004. This is the lowest estimate since June 2001.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.9% in September 2004. The trend has now fallen for twelve consecutive months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved fell 4.4%, to 8,509, in September 2004. This is the lowest estimate since May 2001.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved shows a decline over the last five months. The trend fell 3.5% in September 2004.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 1.4%, to 4,116, in September 2004.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved fell 11.7%, to $4,058.0m, in September 2004. The value of new residential building approved fell for the fourth consecutive month, down 6.0% in September 2004, to $2,269.6m.


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
136
-103
33
Victoria
3
21
24
Queensland
2
4
6
South Australia
-
-
-
Western Australia
54
7
61
Tasmania
-
10
10
Northern Territory
-
-
-
Australian Capital Territory
-
-
-
TOTAL
195
-61
134



DATA NOTES

Estimates have been included in this issue for the municipality of Noosa (Queensland) which was unable to report all building work approved in their municipality this month.



INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED

NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of new residential building is showing a steady decline over the last five months, falling 3.1% in September 2004.

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 decline over the last three months. The trend fell 1.5% in September 2004.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings


NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building is showing an increase over the past eight months, rising 1.9% in September 2004.

Graph: Non-residential building



DWELLINGS APPROVED

TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved is showing a decline over the last five months.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved has shown a steady decline for the last twelve months. The trend fell 1.9% in September 2004.

Graph: Private sector houses approved


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved has fallen for the past five months. The trend fell 3.5% in September 2004.

Graph: PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED-STATES AND TERRITORIES

SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 2.4% in September 2004. The trend fell in all states and territories except the Northern Territory (+3.5%) and Western Australia which was relatively flat.


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.9% in September 2004. The trend has fallen for five months or more in all mainland states.

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

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,618
2,562
2,205
685
1,714
212
62
69
9,127
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,258
3,380
3,359
898
2,124
221
211
92
13,543
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-10.2
1.7
-8.8
-2.1
5.8
-5.8
3.3
-31.7
-3.4
Total dwelling units (%)
-7.9
-6.8
-6.1
5.3
7.8
-11.6
29.4
-28.7
-4.0

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,589
2,414
2,019
609
1,554
na
na
na
8,509
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,176
3,232
3,173
822
2,019
196
na
na
12,928
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-6.2
-3.2
-7.3
-7.0
1.6
na
na
na
-4.4
Total dwelling units (%)
-2.2
-10.3
-6.4
1.7
6.8
-15.2
na
na
-3.8

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,641
2,517
2,057
637
1,509
na
na
na
8,682
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,286
3,364
3,289
888
2,032
211
148
95
13,316
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-2.3
-3.2
-1.0
-2.3
-0.2
na
na
na
-1.9
Total dwelling units (%)
-2.6
-2.6
-1.3
-2.5
-
-8.3
3.5
-26.4
-2.4

- 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 has fallen for the last six months. The trend for private sector houses is showing declines for the last thirteen months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW


VICTORIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units in Victoria is now showing a decline over the past five months. The trend for private sector houses shows a general decline starting in September 2003.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - VIC


QUEENSLAND

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Queensland is now showing a decline over the past twelve months. The trend for private sector houses has fallen for the last ten months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia is now showing a decline over the past three months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing a general decline starting in September 2003.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA


WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia has been flat for the last five months. The decline in the trend for private sector houses has slowed over recent months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA

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