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1345.4 - SA Stats, Dec 2010  
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CONSTRUCTION


BUILDING APPROVALS

The number of dwelling units approved in South Australia has fallen for the fifth consecutive month with 975 approvals recorded in October 2010. This represents a decrease of 2.6% over the estimate for September (1,000), and 2.4% lower than at the same time in the previous year (999). Nationally, the number of dwelling units approved has fallen for the eighth consecutive month. The estimate of 12,692 in October 2010 is 17.5% below the peak recorded earlier in the year (15,381 approvals in February 2010).

The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses approved in South Australia rose marginally to 685 in October 2010. Private sector house approvals as a proportion of total dwelling units has risen in the last four months from a low of 63.8% in June 2010 to 70.3% in October 2010.

DWELLING UNITS APPROVED, Trend, South Australia
Graph: DWELLING UNITS APPROVED, Trend, South Australia


In the year to October 2010, the total number of dwelling units approved in South Australia rose 11.4% over the previous year. Increases were recorded in five of the seven Statistical Divisions (SD) with the largest increase in the Murray Lands SD (up 76.3%). This follows a 19.6% decrease for this SD during the year ended October 2009.

DWELLING UNITS APPROVED, by Statistical Division, Original, South Australia

Year ended October 2009
Year ended October 2010
Dwelling units
Change over previous year
Dwelling units
Change over previous year
no.
%
no.
%

Adelaide
8 096
-13.2
8 832
9.1
Outer Adelaide
1 485
-15.5
1 725
16.2
Yorke and Lower North
471
-24.3
532
13.0
Murray Lands
418
-19.6
737
76.3
South East
403
-26.6
379
-6.0
Eyre
233
-30.7
275
18.0
Northern
394
-25.0
331
-16.0
South Australia
11 500
-15.7
12 811
11.4

Source: Building Approvals, Australia - data available on request


Map of South Australia's Statistical Divisions (PDF 3.083MB)


CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE

In the June quarter 2010, the total value of building work done (in trend terms) in South Australia rose to $1,297.9m, an increase of 4.2% over the March quarter 2010.

Between the December quarters 2007 and 2009, the trend estimate for the value of engineering work done rose sharply ($627.5m to $1,268.0m). Since this time, the value of engineering work has fallen to $1,241.6m in the June quarter 2010. The $14.6m drop over the last quarter sees the value of engineering work done fall below the value of building work for the first time since the March quarter 2009.

The upsurge in engineering construction between the December quarters 2007 and 2009 was the focus of the feature article presented in the April 2010 issue of SA Stats.

VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE, Chain volume measures - SA: Trend
Graph: VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE, Chain volume measures - SA: Trend



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