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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Sep 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/12/2011   
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Sep qtr 11
Jun qtr 11 to Sep qtr 11
Sep qtr 10 to Sep qtr 11

New private sector houses
23 257
New private sector other residential building
12 208
Private sector conversion, etc.
Public sector dwellings
1 213
Total dwelling units
37 000

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced fell 3.3% in the September quarter 2011, to 37,000.
  • Queensland (+16.4%) and the Northern Territory (+30.7%) were the only states or territories to experience an increase in dwelling unit commencements this quarter. The largest decreases were seen in Tasmania (-18.5) and the Australian Capital Territory (-9.5%).
  • New private sector house commencements rose 1.7% to 23,257
  • New largest rises in private sector house commencements were experienced in the Northern Territory (11.4%), Queensland (10.8%) and Western Australia (5.3%) while the largest falls occurred in Tasmania (-17.8%), South Australia (-14.9%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-12.1%).
  • New private sector other residential building fell 12.6%, to 12,208. This follows a fall of 1.6% in the June quarter.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced rose by 9.6% to 1,213.
  • The largest falls in public sector dwelling unit commencements were in the Northern Territory (-59.0%), Tasmania (-45.0%) and New South Wales (-41.4%) while Victoria rose by 125.1% this quarter.
Graph: Dwelling unit commencements, original

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