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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Sep 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/10/2003   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES



% change
% change
TREND ESTIMATES
Aug 2003 to
Sep 2002 to
Sep 2003
Sep 2003
Sep 2003

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses
10,544
1.8
8.1
Total dwelling units
15,465
1.9
0.4

% change
% change
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Aug 2003 to
Sep 2002 to
Sep 2003
Sep 2003
Sep 2003

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses
10,518
3.2
9.3
Total dwelling units
15,936
7.5
12.6


DWELLING UNITS APPROVED
Total number
Graph - Dwelling units approved, Total number

PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES APPROVED
Total number
Graph - Private sector houses approved, Total number


SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 1.9% in September 2003, the seventh consecutive monthly rise.
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved rose 1.8% in September 2003, the seventh consecutive monthly rise.
  • The trend estimate for other dwellings approved rose 2.2% in September 2003. The trend is now showing rises over the last three months.
  • The trend estimate for the value of total building approved is now showing rises over the last seven months, rising 1.3% in September 2003.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 7.5% in September 2003, to 15,936.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved rose 3.2%, to 10,518, in September 2003.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for other dwellings approved rose 16.3%, to 5,285, in September 2003. This is the highest level since October 2002. There were significant increases in Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, with all other states showing a fall in September.


NOTES

ABOUT THIS ISSUE

The ABS is planning extensive changes to the format and content of this publication from the October 2003 issue. A copy of the proposed publication is available on the ABS web site. (See <www.abs.gov.au> and press the Publications icon, then go to 8731.0)


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


DATA NOTES

Estimates have been included in this issue for one council that was unable to report all building work approved in their municipality this month: Holroyd (New South Wales).

A special article Functional Classification of Buildings, containing data for 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 is included in this issue.


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions have been made to total dwelling units in this issue.

2002-2003
2003-2004

New South Wales
-
+1
Victoria
+1
-
Queensland
-59
+46
Western Australia
+5
-
Total
-53
+47



SYMBOLS AND OTHER USAGES
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FURTHER INFORMATION


For further information about these and related statistics, contact Jeff Allen on 08 8237 7302, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


VALUE OF TOTAL BUILDING

Apart from a short period in early 2003, the trend estimate of the value of total building approved has risen steadily since mid 2000. The trend rose 1.3% in September 2003.
Graph -  Value of total building


VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING


The trend estimate of the value of residential building approved has risen for the last seven months. The trend rose 1.6% in September 2003.
Graph - Value of residential building


VALUE OF NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING


The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building approved has risen for the last six months, although the trend only rose marginally, by 0.5%, in September 2003.
Graph - Value of non-residential building


DWELLINGS APPROVED



TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved has risen for the last seven months, following six months of decline.

Graph - Total dwelling units

PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved has risen for the last seven months.
Graph - Private sector houses



OTHER DWELLINGS


The trend estimate for other dwellings approved has risen for the last three months following eight months of decline.
Graph - Other dwellings



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED: State Trends


NEW SOUTH WALES

The trend estimate for total dwellings approved in New South Wales has risen for the last five months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last seven months.
Graph - Dwelling units approved, New South Wales


VICTORIA


The trend estimate for total dwellings approved in Victoria has risen for the last eight months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last seven months, however the rate of growth has slowed over recent months.
Graph - Dwelling units approved, Victoria



QUEENSLAND


The trend estimate for total dwellings and private sector houses approved in Queensland has risen quite strongly since early 2003.
Graph - Dwelling units approved, Queensland

SOUTH AUSTRALIA


The trend estimate for total dwellings approved in South Australia has risen for the last five months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last seven months.
Graph - Dwelling units approved, South Australia


WESTERN AUSTRALIA


The trend estimate for total dwellings and private sector houses approved in Western Australia has shown a slow, but steady increase throughout 2003.
Graph - Dwelling units approved, Western Australia



TASMANIA
Graph - dwelling units approved - tasmania



NORTHERN TERRITORY


Graph - dwelling units approved - Northern Territory



AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Graph - dwelling units approved - Australian Capital Territory


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