8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Jan 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/03/2009   
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DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units approved in January fell 4.3% and has fallen for 14 months.

In seasonally adjusted terms the estimate fell 3.7% to 9,312 dwellings, the lowest estimate since February 2001.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for the number of private sector house approvals fell 2.0% and has fallen for 14 months.

In seasonally adjusted terms the estimate rose 1.1% to 7,042 houses, the first rise since April 2008.

Graph: Private sector houses approved


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for the number of private sector other dwellings approved fell 11.0% and has fallen for eight months.

In seasonally adjusted terms the estimate fell 15.4% to 2,054 dwellings, the lowest estimate since December 1990.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved