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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Jun 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/09/2008   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Jun qtr 08
Mar qtr 08 to Jun qtr 08
Jun qtr 07 to Jun qtr 08
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
39 093
-1.2
3.0
New private sector houses
26 560
0.5
3.4
New private sector other residential building
11 140
-4.3
2.0

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
38 348
-3.7
2.1
New private sector houses
26 758
4.1
5.4
New private sector other residential building
10 383
-17.1
-3.7


Dwelling units commenced
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend estimates
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced




JUNE KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 1.2% in the June quarter 2008 following a flat March quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 3.7% in the June quarter which follows a revised fall of 1.0% in the March quarter.


NEW HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements rose 0.5% in the June quarter following a revised increase of 0.9% in the March quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements rose 4.1% in the June quarter following a revised fall of 5.3% in the March quarter.


OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 4.3% in the June quarter which follows a revised fall of 1.7% in the March quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building fell 17.1% in the June quarter following a revised increase of 9.5% in the March quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2008 16 December 2008
December 2008 19 March 2009



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 2008.


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, March quarter 2008 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 15 July 2008:
  • the total number of dwellings commenced in Australia during March quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 1307 (+3.7%).
  • the number of new private sector houses commenced in Australia during the March quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 262 (+1.1%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the March quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 1027 (+9.8%).


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Willie Hynd on Adelaide (08) 8237 7645.


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