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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Jul 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/08/2011   
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JULY KEY FIGURES

Jul 11
Jun 11 to Jul 11
Jul 10 to Jul 11
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
12 251
-1.1
-12.1
Private sector houses
7 632
-0.9
-10.6
Private sector dwellings excluding houses
4 298
-1.7
-7.4
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
12 227
1.0
-15.0
Private sector houses
7 600
-0.2
-12.1
Private sector dwellings excluding houses
4 173
-1.4
-14.1


Dwelling units approved
Graph: Number of dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved
Graph: Private sector houses approved




JULY KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for Australia fell 1.1% in July 2011 and has fallen for nine months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved rose 1% in July following a fall of 3.6% in June 2011.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 0.9% in July and has fallen for 19 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses fell 0.2% in July 2011 following a fall of 3.3% in the previous month.


PRIVATE SECTOR DWELLINGS EXCLUDING HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses fell 1.7% in July and has fallen for seven months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses approved fell 1.4% following a fall of 4.5% last month.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate for the value of total residential building fell 1.2% and the value of non-residential building fell 1.6%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved fell 4.4% in July following a fall of 1.4% last month.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total residential building fell 1.2% and the value of non-residential building fell 9.7%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
July 2011 (Additional Information) 13 September 2011
August 2011 4 October 2011
August 2011 (Additional Information) 17 October 2011
September 2011 2 November 2011
September 2011 (Additional Information) 14 November 2011
October 2011 1 December 2011



DATA NOTES

Widespread flooding, and other natural disasters, in the eastern states during late 2010 and early 2011 have not adversely affected participation by providers in the Building Approvals collection or the quality of estimates in this release. However, these events may have had an impact on the number of approved dwellings and the value of approved work.

The trend estimates should be interpreted with caution as the underlying behaviour of building approvals may be affected by initiatives within the Government stimulus package, which included the "Building the Education Revolution" (BER) program and the Social Housing Initiative as well as other developments associated with global economic conditions. From June 2009 to February 2010 BER impacts were quantified and removed from the trend estimates because of their short term nature. From April 2010 these impacts are no longer removed from the trend estimates as their effect has significantly declined. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 19 to 21 of the explanatory notes.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

As previously advertised in the April 2011 and June 2011 issues, a range of changes have been made in the July 2011 issue to improve readability for users and implement the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS):
  • Selected Tables appearing in the June 2011 issue (Tables 10, 12, 20, 21, 22 and 23) have been removed. The data presented in these tables are still available in time series spreadsheets from the ABS website.
  • A new time series spreadsheet has been released containing the number of dwelling units approved for Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (Table 87). This table is the ASGS equivalent to Table 10 Capital City Statistical Divisions.
  • Small area data cubes will be released in an "Additional Information" release up to 10 working days after the main publication. The data cubes will be for Statistical Area Level 2 in addition to Statistical Local Areas. Release dates are published under the "Forthcoming Issues" section of the publication and in ABS Release Advice.
  • Tables 60-73 on the website have been replaced by new Tables 60-77 (with the numbering of other tables amended accordingly). The new tables contain revised value ranges for non-residential building jobs and approvals, and contain previously unpublished data for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
  • The data descriptions "Dwellings excluding houses" now replaces the descriptions "Other dwellings" and "Non-house building (ie. Other Res + Non-Res)" which were used in previous issues.
  • The State and Territory summary comments of this publication have been discontinued. The data formerly presented on that page are still available in Tables 3-6 of this publication.
  • The explanatory notes, glossary and quality declaration have been updated.


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to the total number of dwelling units approved in this issue are:

2009-10
2010-11
TOTAL

NSW
-
20
20
Vic.
-
-
-
Qld
-
102
102
SA
-
-
-
WA
-
-
-
Tas.
-
-
-
NT
-
-
-
ACT
-
23
23
Total
-
145
145




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