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1345.4 - SA Stats, Jun 2010  
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CONSTRUCTION


BUILDING APPROVALS

After increasing since August 2009, the number of dwelling units approved in South Australia (in trend terms) has plateaued in the last two months with 1,097 approvals recorded in April 2010. Similarly, the number of dwelling units approved at the national level has been relatively stable in recent months with 15,060 approvals in April 2010. This stability interrupts the upward movement that began in February 2009.

The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses approved in South Australia rose slightly to 753 in April 2010. Private sector house approvals as a proportion of total dwelling units have fallen from 76.9% in July 2009 to 68.6% in April 2010.

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


In the year to April 2010, the total number of dwelling units approved in South Australia fell 5.9% over the previous year. Decreases occurred across all statistical divisions with the South East Statistical Division recording the largest fall (21.8%), followed by the Northern Statistical Division (18.4%).

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

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

Adelaide
8 870
2.4
8 622
-2.8
Outer Adelaide
1 669
4.6
1 532
-8.2
Yorke and Lower North
544
-10.7
459
-15.6
Murray Lands
499
14.4
463
-7.2
South East
527
35.8
412
-21.8
Eyre
316
14.5
264
-16.5
Northern
463
-2.9
378
-18.4
South Australia
12 888
3.6
12 130
-5.9

Source: Building Approvals, Australia - data available on request


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


CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE

In the December quarter 2009, the total value of building work done (in trend terms) in South Australia rose to $1,149.8m, an increase of 2.8% over the September quarter.

The trend estimate for the value of engineering work done has more than doubled (114.2%) between the December quarters of 2007 and 2009 ($628.7m to $1,346.9m). For the last two quarters, the value of engineering work done has exceeded the value of building work done. This upsurge in engineering construction is 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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