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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, December 2013 Quality Declaration 
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03 February 2014
Embargoed: 11.30 am (AEST)

Continued strength in non-residential building approvals for December

ABS Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved rose 1.5 per cent in December 2013, in trend terms, and has risen for 24 months.

Dwelling approvals increased in trend terms in December in Queensland (3.8 per cent), South Australia (3.5 per cent), Victoria (2.9 per cent) and Western Australia (0.1 per cent). Dwelling approvals remained essentially unchanged in New South Wales and decreased in Northern Territory (15.8 per cent), Tasmania (3.9 per cent) and the Australian Capital Territory (2.5 per cent) in trend terms.

Approvals for private sector houses in trend terms rose 1.1 per cent in December, rising for the thirteenth consecutive month. Private sector house approvals rose in South Australia (3.3 per cent), Victoria (2.6 per cent) and New South Wales (1.5 per cent) but fell in Queensland (0.8 per cent) and Western Australia (0.2 per cent) in trend terms.

The value of total building approved rose 3.1 per cent in December, in trend terms, after rising for 23 months. The value of non-residential building rose 4.3 per cent while residential building rose 2.2 per cent in trend terms.

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

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