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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, October 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/12/2011   
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MEDIA RELEASE
1 December 2011
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
153/2011
Dwelling approvals fall in October.

ABS Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved fell 10.7% in October 2011, in seasonally adjusted terms, following a fall of 14.2% in September.

Dwelling approvals decreased for the month of October in Queensland (-19.5%), Victoria (-18.0%), Tasmania (-12.8%), South Australia (-3.4%) and New South Wales (-0.4%) but rose in Western Australia (2.1%) in seasonally adjusted terms.

In seasonally adjusted terms, approvals for private sector houses fell 7.5% in October with falls in Victoria (-12.3%), Queensland (-5.9%), Western Australia (-5.9%), New South Wales (-1.6%) and South Australia (-0.3%).

The value of total building approved decreased 2.4% in October in seasonally adjusted terms, following a decrease of 14.1% in September. The value of residential building fell 6.1% while non-residential building rose 4.7%.

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.

Further information is available in Building Approvals, Australia (cat no. 8731.0) on the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au

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