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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Jun 2004  
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Jun qtr 04
Mar qtr 04 to Jun qtr 04
Jun qtr 03 to Jun qtr 04
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
43,750
0.1
7.5
New private sector houses
29,408
-
8.5
New private sector other residential building
13,050
1.3
8.3

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
43,369
0.3
8.8
New private sector houses
29,474
2.5
13.1
New private sector other residential building
12,630
-3.8
4.5

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

Dwellings units commenced, Total
Graph: Dwelling units commenced, Trend and Seasonally Adjusted, Total

Private dwellings commenced, Trend
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced



JUNE KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced showed marginal growth of 0.1% in the June quarter 2004.
  • New private sector house commencements showed no growth in the latest quarter after rising over the previous four quarters.
  • New private sector other residential building increased for the third consecutive quarter. The trend estimate rose 1.3% in the June quarter 2004.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total number of dwelling units commenced rose 0.3%, to 43,369 in the June quarter 2004.
  • New private sector house commencements rose 2.5%, to 29,474, following a fall of 3.9% in the March quarter.
  • New private sector other residential building fell 3.8%, to 12,630, in the June quarter 2004, following rises in the previous two quarters.


NOTES


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 13 October 2004.



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Changes have been made to the format and content of this publication. Details of the changes are:

  • change to format and content of the front page table and graphs
  • page 3, table and graph now include new private sector other residential building
  • change to format of table 1 to include private and total new other residential building
  • new table 2 showing percentage change has been included. All subsequent tables have been re-numbered. Please refer to the list of tables on page 7.

Corresponding changes have been made to tables and table numbers in AusStats.



SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

The total number of dwelling units commenced in Australia during the March quarter 2004 has been revised downwards by 435 (-1.1%) from the estimate published in Building Activity, Australia, March quarter 2004 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 20 July 2004.



INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES

Jun qtr 04
Mar qtr 04 to Jun qtr 04
Jun qtr 03 to Jun qtr 04
no.
%
%

New private sector houses
28,808
7.7
12.8
New private sector other residential building
12,109
1.3
4.5
Private sector conversion, etc
495
9.0
-34.6
Public sector dwellings
823
15.3
-17.6
Total dwelling units
42,235
5.9
8.6

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced rose 5.9% in the June quarter 2004, to 42,235.
  • New private sector house commencements rose 7.7%, to 28,808. All states and territories recorded rises, except Western Australia (-5.0%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-8.4%). Victoria recorded the largest increase (+17.6%).
  • New private sector other residential building rose 1.3%, to 12,109. A large rise in the Australian Capital Territory, following the commencement of several large projects, and small rises in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia offset falls in the other states.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced rose 15.3% to 823.
Graph: Dwelling Units Commencements, Total Dwellings, New private sector houses and New private sector other residential building



NEW SOUTH WALES
Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, New South Wales



The trend estimate of commencements has risen for the last three quarters, following four quarters of decline.



VICTORIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Victoria



The trend estimate of commencements is now showing a fall for the last two quarters.



QUEENSLAND

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Queensland



The trend estimate of commencements is now showing a fall for the last two quarters, following three quarters of growth.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, South Australia



The trend estimate of commencements is now showing a rise for the last two quarters.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Western Australia



The trend estimate of commencements has continued the steady rise which began in the June quarter 2001.



TASMANIA

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Tasmania



Apart from a brief lull in the last half of 2002, the trend estimate of commencements has shown strong growth for the last three years.



NORTHERN TERRITORY

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Northern Territory



The trend estimate of commencements is now showing a fall for the latest quarter, following three quarters of growth.



AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, Australian Capital Territory



The trend estimate of commencements is now showing strong growth for the last three quarters, following three quarters of decline.

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