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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Jan 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/03/2006   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Jan 06
Dec 05 to Jan 06
Jan 05 to Jan 06
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
12 069
-0.4
-6.0
Private sector houses
8 162
-1.0
-4.2
Private sector other dwellings
3 567
1.0
-11.2
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
11 890
-1.9
-12.5
Private sector houses
8 148
-0.9
-7.7
Private sector other dwellings
3 294
-11.5
-24.5

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 for total dwelling approvals fell 0.4% in January 2006, the ninth consecutive monthly fall.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 1.9%, to 11,890, in January 2006. A large fall in private sector other dwelling approvals contributed to the overall decline.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate of private sector house approvals fell 1.0% in January 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved fell 0.9%, to 8,148, in January 2006.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate of private sector other dwellings approved rose 1.0% in January 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 11.5%, to 3,294, in January 2006.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building approved fell 1.4% in January 2006. The value of new residential building fell 0.4%, while the value of alterations and additions rose 1.5%. The value of non-residential building approved fell 3.5%, the third consecutive fall after nine months of growth.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved fell 8.4%, to $4,274.2m, in January 2006. The value of new residential building approved fell 4.3%, to $2,325.2m. The value of alterations and additions rose 10.3%, to $462.0m.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2006 31 March 2006
March 2006 5 May 2006
April 2006 30 May 2006
May 2006 3 July 2006
June 2006 1 August 2006
July 2006 4 September 2006



REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to Total Dwellings in this issue are:

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
TOTAL

2004-05
-
30
2
-
-
-
-
-
32
2005-06
22
3
-
-
14
-
-
-
39
TOTAL
22
33
2
-
14
-
-
-
71


The value of non-residential building approved in the Australian Capital Territory for October, November and December 2005 has been revised upwards by a total of $298m. Relevant Australian series have also been revised.



UPCOMING CHANGES

Changes to the Time Series Spreadsheets.


Please note that the start date period for selected Excel time series spreadsheets for Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0) will be extended as outlined in the table below. These changes will take effect from the January 2006 issue.


Note: not all series in the table go back to the earliest start date.


Table number
Old start date
New start date

2-8
September 1984
July 1983
11
September 1984
January 1956
12-19
September 1984
July 1970
20-21
September 1984
January 1956
22
September 1985
January 1965
23-28
September 1985
January 1956
29
September 1985
January 1965
30-34
September 1984
July 1970
35-37
September 1985
July 1970
38-39
September 1984
January 1956
40
September 1985
January 1956
41
September 1984
January 1956
42
September 1984
January 1961
43-50
September 1984
July 1970
75-82
September 1985
September 1985
83
September 1984
January 1965
84-91
September 1984
July 1970



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Paul Pamment on Adelaide (08) 8237 7499.



VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of new residential building fell 0.4% in January 2006, the eighth consecutive monthly fall.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of alterations and additions to residential building rose 1.5% in January 2006. This series is now showing rises for the last five months.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building fell 3.5% in January 2006.

Graph: Trend value of non-residential building approved



DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

For the ninth consecutive month the trend estimate for total dwelling units approved has fallen, although the rate of decline has slowed.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved is showing falls for the past seven months, after five months of growth.

Graph: Private sector houses approved



PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved has risen for the past three months, after seven months of decline. The trend rose 1.0% in January 2006.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 0.4% in January 2006. The trend fell in all the states and territories other than Western Australia (+3.6%) and the Australian Capital Territory (+6.3%). The largest falls were in the Northern Territory (-3.9%) and Queensland (-3.2%).


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.0% in January 2006. The trend fell in New South Wales (-4.8%), Queensland (-1.8%) and Victoria (-0.2%), but rose in Western Australia (+0.5%) and South Australia (+0.1%).

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

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
997
1 791
1 489
513
1 539
165
37
41
6 572
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 039
2 381
2 054
846
2 028
189
69
66
9 672
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-9.2
-13.3
-8.5
-20.6
-1.2
-5.2
-44.8
-61.7
-10.5
Total dwelling units (%)
-28.4
-3.7
-17.2
-4.0
-0.5
-6.0
-40.0
-73.3
-14.3

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 195
2 380
1 825
673
1 773
na
na
na
8 148
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 553
2 893
2 551
940
2 571
205
na
na
11 890
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
1.7
1.2
-5.2
2.4
0.6
na
na
na
-0.9
Total dwelling units (%)
-10.9
1.0
-7.7
11.9
15.4
5.7
na
na
-1.9

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 120
2 363
1 882
664
1 814
na
na
na
8 162
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 653
2 949
2 730
889
2 401
197
98
153
12 069
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-4.8
-0.2
-1.8
0.1
0.5
na
na
na
-1.0
Total dwelling units (%)
-1.3
-0.1
-3.2
-0.6
3.6
-1.0
-3.9
6.3
-0.4

na not available



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED


STATE TRENDS


NEW SOUTH WALES

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales has been in decline for the past twelve months. The trend for private sector houses has fallen for the past seven months.



VICTORIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - VIC



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Victoria has fallen for the past eight months. The trend for private sector houses has fallen for the past eight months.



QUEENSLAND

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld



The trend estimates for total dwelling units approved in Queensland has been in decline for the past seven months. The trend for private sector houses has been in decline for the past six months.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia is showing a fall in January 2006 after twelve months of modest rises. 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 risen strongly for the past six months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the past seven months.

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