8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Dec 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/02/2009   
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DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units approved in December fell 4.9% and has fallen for 13 months.

In seasonally adjusted terms the estimate fell 2.9% to 9,536 dwellings, the lowest number since March 2001.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for the number of private sector house approvals fell 3.3% and has fallen for 13 months.

In seasonally adjusted terms the estimate fell 2.3% to 6,813 houses, the lowest number since March 2001.

Graph: Private sector houses approved


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for the number of private sector other dwellings approved fell 9.5% and has fallen for seven months.

In seasonally adjusted terms the estimate fell 2.8% to 2,448 dwellings, the lowest number since April 1996.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved