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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Aug 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/10/2005   
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

Aug 05
Jul 05 to Aug 05
Aug 04 to Aug 05
no.
% change
% change

Trend

Total dwelling units approved
12 585
-1.8
-5.8
Private sector houses
8 940
0.3
1.5
Private sector other dwellings
3 281
-8.0
-21.9

Seasonally Adjusted

Total dwelling units approved
11 794
-8.0
-11.7
Private sector houses
8 524
-3.5
-4.6
Private sector other dwellings
2 909
-21.2
-28.9

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 for total dwelling approvals is now showing a fall for the past four months, down 1.8% in August 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 8.0%, to 11,794, in August 2005. This is the lowest estimate since April 2001.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate of private sector house approvals rose 0.3% in August 2005, the seventh consecutive monthly rise.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved fell 3.5%, to 8,524, in August 2005.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate of private sector other dwellings approved fell 8.0% in August 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 21.2%, to 2,909, in August 2005. This is the lowest level since February 2001.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building approved fell 0.4% in August 2005. The value of new residential building approved fell 1.0% and the value of alterations and additions fell 1.9%. The value of non-residential building approved continued to rise in August (+0.8%), although the rate of growth is slowing.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved fell 13.2%, to $4,464.1m, in August 2005. The value of new residential building approved fell 5.2%, to $2,401.1m. The value of alterations and additions fell 16.5%, to $364.7m, the lowest level since December 2002.


NOTES

REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to Total Dwellings in this issue are:

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

2004-05
210
-7
74
8
-16
-1
-
-
268
2005-06
-34
-
34
-1
-16
3
-
-
-14
Total
176
-7
108
7
-32
2
-
-
254


There has been significant revision to data for the City of Hornsby (NSW) following the resolution of a reporting system problem spanning the past 12 months.



DATA NOTES

Estimates have been included in this issue for the municipality of Maryborough in Queensland which was unable to report all building work approved in their municipality this month.



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 showing a decline for the third consecutive month, after eight months of growth. The trend fell 1.0% in August 2005.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of alterations and additions to residential building is now showing falls for the past five months. The trend fell 1.9% in August 2005.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building shows seven months of growth, with the rate of growth decreasing in recent months. The trend rose 0.8% in August 2005.

Graph: Trend value of non-residential building approved



DWELLINGS APPROVED BY TYPE OF DWELLING 2004–05


STATES AND TERRITORIES

The number of dwelling units approved in the States and Territories during 2004-05 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
19 231
31 332
24 654
8 189
19 354
2 423
675
973
106 831
New semidetached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc of:
One storey
2 398
2 639
2 004
1 269
1 858
232
97
2
10 499
Two or more storeys
4 923
2 764
3 078
503
685
22
27
50
12 052
Total
7 321
5 403
5 082
1 772
2 543
254
124
52
22 551
New flats, units, apartments in a building of:
One or two storeys
1 159
429
1 393
148
449
10
90
58
3 736
Three storeys
1 762
681
2 041
108
186
1
28
71
4 878
Four or more storeys
7 517
3 300
5 120
349
1 378
-
460
1 107
19 231
Total
10 438
4 410
8 554
605
2 013
11
578
1 236
27 845
Total new other residential building
17 759
9 813
13 636
2 377
4 556
265
702
1 288
50 396
Other
Alterations and additions to residential building
180
164
62
27
93
3
4
5
538
Conversion
481
1 001
23
56
11
63
4
-
1 639
Non-residential building
42
63
25
7
31
9
3
1
181
Total building
37 693
42 373
38 400
10 656
24 045
2 763
1 388
2 267
159 585

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)



SUMMARY COMMENT

Of the 159,585 dwelling units approved in Australia in 2004-05, 106,831 (67.9%) were new houses. The mix of dwelling types varied significantly across the States and Territories. Less than half of the dwelling units approved were new houses in the Northern Territory (48.9%) and the Australian Capital Territory (43.0%). In comparison, new houses accounted for over 75% of all dwelling units in Victoria (76.1%), South Australia (77.5%), Western Australia (80.8%) and Tasmania (90.1%).

DWELLINGS APPROVED, States and territories - By type of dwelling - 2004-05
Graph: Dwellings approved by type of dwelling




DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 1.8% in August 2005. The trend fell in all the states and territories other than the Northern Territory (+7.7%), the Australian Capital Territory (+3.4%) and South Australia (+0.5%).


The trend estimate for private sector houses continued to rise in August 2005 (+0.3%), although growth is slowing. The trend rose in Queensland (+1.1%), New South Wales (+0.8%) and Victoria (+0.4%), and fell in Western Australia (-0.7%) and South Australia (-0.3%).

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

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 602
2 503
2 384
721
1 751
191
57
84
9 293
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 770
3 071
3 311
1 003
2 249
227
133
204
12 968
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-11.3
11.4
10.7
11.8
5.9
-8.6
23.9
-1.2
5.1
Total dwelling units (%)
-6.3
12.0
-3.2
10.6
9.1
2.3
-27.3
129.2
3.1

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 438
2 506
2 082
659
1 533
na
na
na
8 524
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 428
2 960
2 910
918
2 043
208
na
na
11 794
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-26.1
15.1
-1.8
1.2
-4.8
na
na
na
-3.5
Total dwelling units (%)
-20.8
-0.1
-14.6
3.0
2.3
-3.3
na
na
-8.0

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 643
2 637
2 116
655
1 557
na
na
na
8 940
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 675
3 391
3 139
884
2 016
213
112
154
12 585
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
0.8
0.4
1.1
-0.3
-0.7
na
na
na
0.3
Total dwelling units (%)
-2.8
-3.3
-1.3
0.5
-0.7
-1.4
7.7
3.4
-1.8

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 past seven months. The trend for private sector houses is showing growth for the past six months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW




VICTORIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Victoria is now showing falls for the past three months. The trend for private sector houses is showing rises for the past eight months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Vic




QUEENSLAND

The trend estimate for total dwelling units in Queensland is now showing falls for the past two months following six months of rises. The trend for private sector houses shows rises for the past six months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld




SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia is showing rises for the past nine months. The trend for private sector houses has shown small falls in each of the last seven months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA




WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia has fallen for the past four months after six months of growth. The trend for private sector houses is showing falls for the past six months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA


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