8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, May 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/07/2009   
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DWELLING UNITS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units approved rose 1.3% in May and has risen for the last four months.

In seasonally adjusted terms the estimate fell 12.5% to 9,953 dwellings.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for the number of private sector house approvals rose 2.4% and has risen for five months.

In seasonally adjusted terms the estimate fell 2.0% to 7,831 houses.

Graph: Private sector houses approved


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for the number of private sector other dwellings approved fell 3.4% and has now fallen for 11 months.

In seasonally adjusted terms the estimate fell 43.6% to 1,677 dwellings, the lowest estimate since April 1987.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved