8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Dec 2009 Quality Declaration 
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February 4, 2010
Embargo: 11.30 am (AEDT)

More private houses approved this month.

ABS Building Approvals show that the number of approvals for private sector houses rose 3.1% in December 2009 following a fall last month.

Victoria (+4.6%), Queensland (+2.2%) South Australia (+0.5%) and Western Australian (+3.3%) recorded more private sector house approvals this month according to the ABS.

The number of dwellings approved in Australia rose 2.2% with Tasmania (+21.7%) and Victoria (+11.1%) recording the largest increases.

There was a rise in the number of approvals for private sector dwellings other than houses (+9.1%) this month.

The value of total building approved fell 3.7% in December. Non-residential building approvals (-9.4%) also fell. However, the value of approved new residential buildings increased by 3.0%.

Further information is available in Building Approvals, Australia (cat no. 8731.0) on the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au

Media Note:
Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.