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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, November 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/01/2013   
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10 January 2013
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Dwelling approvals rise in November

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved rose 2.9 per cent in November 2012, in seasonally adjusted terms, following a fall of 5.1 per cent in the previous month.

Dwelling approvals increased in November in Victoria (8.7 per cent) but decreased in South Australia (-13.9 per cent), Tasmania (-7.7 per cent), New South Wales (-4.0 per cent), Queensland (-1.5 per cent) and Western Australia (-1.1 per cent) in seasonally adjusted terms.

In seasonally adjusted terms, approvals for private sector houses fell 0.3 per cent in November. Private sector house approvals fell in South Australia (-7.6 per cent), Queensland (-4.9 per cent), New South Wales (-2.2 per cent) and Victoria (-0.2 per cent) but rose in Western Australia (6.8 per cent).

The value of total building approved fell 4.1 per cent in November, in seasonally adjusted terms, and has fallen for two months. The value of residential building rose 2.7 per cent while non-residential building fell 14.4 per cent.

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

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