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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/03/2005   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 04
Sep qtr 04 to Dec qtr 04
Dec qtr 03 to Dec qtr 04
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
38,843
-4.0
-10.3
New private sector houses
25,593
-4.2
-12.3
New private sector other residential building
11,432
-6.3
-9.2

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
39,515
0.6
-10.7
New private sector houses
26,165
1.8
-12.1
New private sector other residential building
11,436
-4.7
-10.6

Dwelling units commenced - Total
graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend
graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 4.0% in the December quarter 2004 and is now showing a fall over the last three quarters.
  • New private sector house commencements fell 4.2% in the latest quarter, the third consecutive quarterly fall.
  • New private other residential building commencements fell 6.3% in the December quarter 2004.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total number of dwelling units commenced rose marginally (+0.6%), to 39,515, in the December quarter 2004. This follows three consecutive quarterly falls.
  • New private sector house commencements rose 1.8%, to 26,165.
  • New private other residential building fell 4.7%, to 11,436, in the December quarter 2004, the third consecutive quarterly fall.


NOTES


ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This publication provides an early indication of trends in the number of dwelling units commenced. The data are estimates based on a response rate of approximately 90% of a sample of building jobs collected in the Building Activity Survey. More comprehensive and updated results will be released in Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 20 April 2005.



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.



SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

The total number of dwelling units commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2004 has been revised downwards by 459 (-1.1%) from the estimate published in Building Activity, Australia, September quarter 2004 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 21 January 2005.



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DWELLING UNIT COMMENCEMENTS,ORIGINAL ESTIMATES

Dec qtr 04
Sep qtr 04 to Dec qtr 04
Dec qtr 03 to Dec qtr 04
no.
%
%

New private sector houses
26,982
-1.8
-12.1
New private sector other residential building
12,754
1.4
-10.5
Private sector conversion, etc.
327
-64.6
-51.0
Public sector dwellings
1,260
14.5
85.4
Total dwelling units
41,322
-1.8
-10.7

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced fell 1.8% in the December quarter 2004, to 41,322.
  • New private sector house commencements fell 1.8%, to 26,982. Commencements fell in New South Wales (-2.2%), Queensland (-13.1%), Western Australia (-2.8%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-11.4%).
  • New private sector other residential building rose 1.4%, to 12,754. Falls in Queensland and Western Australia only partially offset rises in the remaining states and territories.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced rose 14.5%, to 1,260.


graph: DWELLING UNIT COMMENCEMENTS,Original Estimates



DWELLING UNIT COMMENCEMENTS, STATES AND TERRITORIES

NEW SOUTH WALES
graph: NSW - dwelling unit commencements



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements has fallen for the past three quarters.

VICTORIA
graph: VIC - dwelling unit commencements



The trend estimate of commencements is relatively flat after three quarters of decline.


QUEENSLAND

graph: QLD - dwelling unit commencements



The trend estimate of commencements has fallen for the last three quarters.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

graph: SA - dwelling unit commencements



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements is now showing rises for the past three quarters.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA

graph: WA - dwelling unit commencements



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements is now showing three quarters of decline.


TASMANIA

graph: TAS - dwelling unit commencements



The trend estimate of commencements has been relatively flat over the past three quarters.


NORTHERN TERRITORY

graph: NT - dwelling unit commencements



The trend estimate of commencements is now showing growth for past six quarters.


AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

graph: ACT - dwelling unit commencements



The trend estimate of commencements is showing strong falls for the last three quarters.

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