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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, April 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/05/2012   
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31 May 2012
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Dwelling approvals fall in April

ABS Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved fell 8.7% in April 2012, in seasonally adjusted terms, following a rise of 6.0% in March.

Dwelling approvals decreased in April in Western Australia (-46.7%), South Australia (-27.8%), New South Wales (-15.3%) and Queensland (-2.7%), but increased in Victoria (13.0%) and Tasmania (9.6%) in seasonally adjusted terms.

In seasonally adjusted terms, approvals for private sector houses fell 11.1% in April, with falls in Western Australia (-36.7%), South Australia (-26.4%) and Queensland (-11.6%). Private sector house approvals rose in New South Wales (2.0%) but were flat in Victoria.

The value of total building approved fell 5.4% in April in seasonally adjusted terms, and has fallen for 3 months. The value of residential building fell 6.7% while non-residential building fell 2.8%.

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

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