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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Aug 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/09/2009   
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DWELLING UNITS APPROVED BY TYPE OF DWELLING 2008–09


STATES AND TERRITORIES

The number of dwelling units approved in the States and Territories during 2008-09 is shown in the table below for each type of dwelling category.

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

New houses
13 481
30 446
19 884
9 201
15 960
2 564
729
1 488
93 753
New semidetached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc of:
One storey
1 638
1 836
1 158
1 312
1 537
385
44
320
8 230
Two or more storeys
2 403
2 933
2 101
674
650
42
46
221
9 070
Total
4 041
4 769
3 259
1 986
2 187
427
90
541
17 300
New flats, units, apartments in a building of:
One or two storeys
486
400
1 157
275
103
97
16
76
2 610
Three storeys
944
632
965
112
159
19
12
154
2 997
Four or more storeys
4 521
5 041
3 400
288
875
-
125
576
14 826
Total
5 951
6 073
5 522
675
1 137
116
153
806
20 433
Total new other residential building
9 992
10 842
8 781
2 661
3 324
543
243
1 347
37 733
Other
Alterations and additions to residential building
124
169
39
109
89
25
7
6
568
Conversion
145
111
10
6
1
30
4
-
307
Non-residential building
51
65
20
37
27
5
2
-
207
Total building
23 793
41 633
28 734
12 014
19 401
3 167
985
2 841
132 568

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)



SUMMARY COMMENT

The estimate of the number of dwelling units approved in Australia has fallen from 162,732 in 2007-08 to 132,568 in 2008-09, a fall of 18.5%. Of the estimate of total dwelling units approved in 2008-09, 93,753 (70.7%) were new houses whereas in 2007-08 new houses accounted for 67.2% of dwelling units approved. The proportion of total new other residential building fell from 31.9% in 2007-08 to 28.5% in 2008-09, driven by declining proportions in New South Wales and Western Australia, which fell from 48.3% to 42.0% and 26.6% to 17.1% respectively.

DWELLINGS APPROVED, States and territories - By type of dwelling - 2008-09
Graph: Dwellings approved by type of dwelling



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