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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, May 2005  
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MAY KEY FIGURES

May 05
Apr 05 to May 05
May 04 to May 05
no.
% change
% change

Trend

Total dwelling units approved
12,632
-
-13.3
Private sector houses
8,826
1.0
-5.0
Private sector other dwellings
3,554
-2.1
-28.4

Seasonally Adjusted

Total dwelling units approved
13,213
4.5
-10.1
Private sector houses
9,106
5.0
0.1
Private sector other dwellings
3,784
1.0
-27.3

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

Dwelling units approved, Total number
Graph: Number of dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved, Total number
Graph: Private sector houses approved



MAY KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend for total dwelling approvals was flat in May 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 4.5%, to 13,213, in May 2005.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate of private sector house approvals is now showing slight growth over the past five months with the rate of growth increasing in recent months. The trend rose 1.0% in May 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved rose 5.0%, to 9,106, in May 2005.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate of private sector other dwellings approved fell 2.1% in May 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved rose 1.0%, to 3,784, in May 2005.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building approved has risen for the past five months, rising 0.8% in May 2005. The value of new residential building approved rose 0.1%, while the value of alterations and additions fell 0.7%. The value of non-residential building approved rose 2.2%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved was flat, at $4,547.5m, in May 2005. The value of new residential building approved rose 11.7%, to $2,602.1m, while the value of alterations and additions fell 5.0%, to $409.5m.


NOTES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Seasonally adjusted and trend estimates have been revised in this issue as a result of the annual reanalysis of seasonal factors.

Time series spreadsheets will be released in Excel format for the first time with the June 2005 issue of this publication on 3 August 2005. A concordance between the current Lotus 1,2,3 spreadsheets and the proposed Excel spreadsheets is available in Information Paper: Changes to Ausstats Tables for Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0.55.001). This and other Papers and Articles is available from the ABS web site.


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to Total Dwellings in this issue are:

NSW
Vic.
Qld.
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
TOTAL

2003-04
-
-1
1
-
1
-
-
-
1
2004-05
553
4
86
7
-21
-
-
-1
628
TOTAL
553
3
87
7
-20
-
-
-1
629


There have been significant revisions to data for the City of Sydney (NSW) following the rectification of a reporting problem over the past 12 months. One missing permit, added to the November 2004 data, added $173m to non-residential work, $175m to other residential work and an additional 450 dwelling units to New South Wales.


Revisions over the past 6 months, totalling $47.4m of public sector non-residential work, have been made to data for WA.



DATA NOTES

Estimates have been included in this issue for the municipalities of Campbelltown and Hornsby in New South Wales which were unable to report all building work approved in their municipalities this month.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or David Finlay on Adelaide (08) 8237 7431.



VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of new residential building is now relatively flat over the past four months. The trend rose 0.1% in May 2005.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of alterations and additions to residential building is now showing falls for the past three months, with the rate of decline increasing. The trend fell 0.7% in May 2005.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building shows four months of growth, rising 2.2% in May 2005.

Graph: Trend value of non-residential building approved



DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

For the sixth consecutive month the trend estimate for total dwelling units approved was relatively flat. This follows a general decline starting in October 2003.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved is now showing growth for the past five months, after 15 months of decline.

Graph: Private sector houses approved



PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved is now showing declines for the past four months, with the rate of decline increasing in recent months. The trend fell 2.1% in May 2005.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved was flat in May 2005. The trend fell in New South Wales (-5.5%) and the Northern Territory (-2.7%), but rose in all the other states and territories.


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved rose 1.0% in May 2005. The trend fell in New South Wales (-1.0%), and Western Australia (-0.9%), but rose in Victoria (+2.3%), Queensland (+1.8%) and South Australia (+0.9%).

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,634
3,000
2,244
729
1,826
208
44
127
9,812
Total dwelling units (no.)
2,754
3,683
4,059
904
2,246
252
100
195
14,193
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
14.7
14.2
23.4
16.6
26.5
17.5
2.3
-2.3
18.4
Total dwelling units (%)
-5.7
5.6
58.2
13.7
9.7
29.2
92.3
43.4
16.3

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,504
2,778
2,095
689
1,690
na
na
na
9,106
Total dwelling units (no.)
2,385
3,461
3,883
864
2,101
245
na
na
13,213
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
0.6
8.5
2.9
-5.5
14.2
na
na
na
5.0
Total dwelling units (%)
-22.9
1.2
39.4
-3.9
3.3
8.9
na
na
4.5

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,511
2,632
2,001
680
1,646
na
na
na
8,826
Total dwelling units (no.)
2,781
3,415
3,050
887
2,135
225
72
149
12,632
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-1.0
2.3
1.8
0.9
-0.9
na
na
na
1.0
Total dwelling units (%)
-5.5
2.3
2.7
0.9
0.7
1.4
-2.7
10.4
-

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
na not available

DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATE TRENDS


NEW SOUTH WALES

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales is now showing falls for past four months, with the rate of decline increasing. The trend for private sector houses is now showing consecutive monthly falls starting in September 2003.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW




VICTORIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Victoria rose 2.3% in the latest month, the fourth consecutive rise. The trend for private sector houses is showing rises for the past five months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Vic




QUEENSLAND

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Queensland is now showing a rise for the past three months, after declines for the previous seventeen months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing rises for the past three months, after declines for the previous fifteen months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld




SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia shows rises for the past six months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing moderate growth for the past three months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA




WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia shows rises for the past seven months. The trend for private sector houses is showing falls for the past three months after six months of growth.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA




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