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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, May 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/07/2011   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

May 11
Apr 11 to May 11
May 10 to May 11
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
12 638
-1.2
-13.8
Private sector houses
7 798
-0.7
-12.2
Private sector other dwellings
4 583
-1.6
2.4
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
12 290
-7.9
-14.4
Private sector houses
7 814
0.7
-11.6
Private sector other dwellings
4 276
-20.1
-0.3


Dwelling units approved
Graph: Number of dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved
Graph: Private sector houses approved




MAY KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for total dwellings approved fell 1.2% in May 2011 and is now showing falls for seven months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 7.9% following a fall of 0.3% in the previous month.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 0.7% in May and has fallen for 17 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.7% in May following a fall of 2.3% in the previous month.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 1.6% in May and is now showing falls for five months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 20.1% following a rise of 7.9% last month.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate for the value of total building approved fell 1.0% in May and is now showing falls for seven months. The trend estimates for the value of building approved should be interpreted with caution. See the data notes on page 2 of this publication.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total building approved fell 2.8% in May following a fall of 20.7% last month. The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total residential building fell 2.7% and the value of non-residential building fell 3.0%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2011 2 August 2011
July 2011 30 August 2011
August 2011 4 October 2011
September 2011 2 November 2011
November 2011 2 December 2011



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to the total number of dwelling units approved in this issue are:

2009-10
2010-11
TOTAL

NSW
1
209
210
Vic.
-
-
-
Qld
-
37
37
SA
-
110
110
WA
-
5
5
Tas.
-
-
-
NT
-
2
2
ACT
-
62
62
Total
1
425
426




DATA NOTES

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.

The trend estimates should be interpreted with caution as the underlying behaviour of building approvals may be affected by initiatives within the Government stimulus package, which included the "Building the Education Revolution" (BER) program and the Social Housing Initiative as well as other developments associated with global economic conditions. From June 2009 to February 2010 BER impacts were quantified and removed from the trend estimates because of its short term nature. From April 2010 these impacts are no longer removed from the trend estimates as their effect has significantly declined. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 21 to 24 of the explanatory notes.


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