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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Aug 2004  
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

Aug 04
Jul 04 to Aug 04
Aug 03 to Aug 04
no.
% change
% change

Trend

Total dwelling units approved
13,986
-1.4
-7.2
Private sector houses
8,979
-1.2
-12.9
Private sector other dwellings
4,616
-2.2
3.3

Seasonally Adjusted

Total dwelling units approved
13,553
-5.9
-7.2
Private sector houses
8,918
-0.8
-11.4
Private sector other dwellings
4,291
-13.3
0.2

Dwelling units approved, Total number
Graph: Number of dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved, Total number
Graph: Private sector houses approved



AUGUST KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 1.4% in August 2004. The trend series now shows a decline for the past 4 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 5.9%, to 13,553, in August 2004.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.2% in August 2004. The trend has now fallen for eleven consecutive months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved fell 0.8%, to 8,918, in August 2004.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved now shows a decline over the last three months. The trend fell 2.2% in August 2004.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 13.3%, to 4,291, in August 2004.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved rose 8.8%, to $4,591.5m, in August 2004. The value of new residential building approved fell for the third consecutive month, falling 0.9% in August 2004, to $2,422.5m.


NOTES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Changes have been made to the format and content of the front page of this publication.



REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions have been made to total dwelling units in this issue:

2003-04
2004-05
TOTAL

New South Wales
154
70
224
Victoria
-5
-1
-6
Queensland
718
-
718
South Australia
5
-
5
Western Australia
16
11
27
Tasmania
-
-
-
Northern Territory
-40
-
-40
Australian Capital Territory
-
-
-
TOTAL
848
80
928


A significant upward revision has been made to the value and number of residential building approved in March 2004, mostly as a result of including a previously unreported approval in Queensland.



DATA NOTES

Estimates have been included in this issue for five councils unable to report all building work approved in their municipalities this month (Bathurst, Canada Bay, Hornsby and Rockdale in New South Wales and Glenorchy in Tasmania).



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or David Finlay on Adelaide (08) 8237 7431.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED

NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of new residential building is now showing a steady decline over the last four months, falling 2.7% in August 2004.

Graph: New residential building


ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of alterations and additions to residential building has risen over the last six months with the rate of growth slowing over recent months. The trend rose 0.3% in August 2004.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings


NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building is now showing an increase over the past seven months, rising 3.9% in August 2004.

Graph: Non-residential building



DWELLINGS APPROVED BY TYPE OF DWELLING 2003-04

STATES AND TERRITORIES

The number of dwelling units approved in the States and Territories during 2003-04 is shown in the table below, for each type of dwelling category.

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

New houses
23,310
34,610
29,333
9,042
19,497
2,687
546
1,371
120,396
New semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc of:
One storey
2,683
2,530
2,211
1,240
1,556
240
155
32
10,647
Two or more storeys
5,391
2,731
3,564
632
445
79
66
86
12,994
Total
8,074
5,261
5,775
1,872
2,001
319
221
118
23,641
New flats, units, apartments in a building of:
One or two storeys
977
464
1,645
207
828
34
87
76
4,318
Three storeys
2,266
755
1,728
27
105
-
25
337
5,243
Four or more storeys
11,348
4,489
5,830
198
1,083
34
260
1,228
24,470
Total
14,591
5,708
9,203
432
2,016
68
372
1,641
34,031
Total new other residential building
22,665
10,969
14,978
2,304
4,017
387
593
1,759
57,672
Other
Alterations and additions to residential building
221
336
101
34
72
1
-
5
770
Conversion
782
327
25
136
15
62
30
-
1,377
Non-residential building
153
147
17
8
35
4
4
1
369
Total building
47,131
46,389
44,454
11,524
23,636
3,141
1,173
3,136
180,584

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)


SUMMARY COMMENT

Of the 180,584 dwelling units approved in Australia in 2003-04, 120,396 (66.7%) were new houses. This mix of dwelling types varied significantly across the States and Territories. Less than half of the dwelling units approved were new houses in New South Wales (49.5%), the Northern Territory (46.5%) and the Australian Capital Territory (43.7%). In all the other states new houses accounted for over 60% of all dwelling units approved.

DWELLINGS APPROVED, States and territories - By type of dwelling - 2003-04
Graph: Dwellings approved by type of dwelling




DWELLING UNITS APPROVED - STATES AND TERRITORIES

SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 1.4% in August 2004. The trend fell in New South Wales (-4.1%), South Australia (-0.1%), Western Australia (-0.6%), Tasmania (-5.9%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-19.3%).

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.2% in August 2004. The trend fell in all mainland States.

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,817
2,521
2,413
700
1,619
216
60
101
9,447
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,640
3,607
3,572
853
1,969
240
163
129
14,173
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
9.4
-13.9
8.1
5.7
6.4
13.7
20.0
40.3
1.4
Total dwelling units (%)
2.5
-4.5
0.8
-21.5
-11.3
8.6
30.4
79.2
-2.9

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,711
2,518
2,178
661
1,508
na
na
na
8,918
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,377
3,604
3,396
814
1,865
223
na
na
13,553
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
0.7
-9.7
3.8
5.9
4.0
na
na
na
-0.8
Total dwelling units (%)
-7.3
-0.9
-0.3
-22.4
-16.3
-3.5
na
na
-5.9

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,717
2,690
2,093
669
1,477
na
na
na
8,979
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,482
3,565
3,400
948
2,015
241
150
142
13,986
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-2.4
-0.7
-0.3
-1.4
-1.5
na
na
na
-1.2
Total dwelling units (%)
-4.1
0.1
0.5
-0.1
-0.6
-5.9
7.9
-19.3
-1.4

na not available



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED

STATE TRENDS

NEW SOUTH WALES

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales has fallen for the last five months, following four months of growth. The trend for private sector houses has been in decline for the last twelve months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW


VICTORIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units in Victoria was relatively steady this month. The trend for private sector houses approved is now showing a general decline starting in September 2003.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - VIC


QUEENSLAND

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Queensland has been relatively flat over the past three months after falling for the previous eight months. The trend for private sector houses has fallen for the last nine months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia was flat in August 2004 after rising for the previous four months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing a decline for the last three months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA


WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia has been flat for the last four months. The trend for private sector houses has fallen for the last six months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA

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