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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, June 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/08/2011   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Jun 11
May 11 to Jun 11
Jun 10 to Jun 11
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
12 411
-1.6
-13.2
Private sector houses
7 712
-1.0
-11.2
Private sector other dwellings
4 485
-2.0
-2.0
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
12 069
-3.5
-15.5
Private sector houses
7 604
-3.2
-12.3
Private sector other dwellings
4 274
-4.2
-9.4


Dwelling units approved
Graph: Number of dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved
Graph: Private sector houses approved




JUNE KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for total dwellings approved fell 1.6% in June 2011 and is now showing falls for eight months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 3.5% following a fall of 6.3% in the previous month.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.0% in June and has fallen for 18 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved fell 3.2% in June following a rise of 0.8% in the previous month.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 2.0% in June and is now showing falls for six months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 4.2% following a fall of 16.2% last month.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate for the value of total building approved fell 2.0% in June and is now showing falls for eight months. The trend estimates for the value of building approved should be interpreted with caution. See the data notes on page 2 of this publication.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total building approved fell 2.2% in June following a fall of 3.6% last month. The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total residential building fell 4.1% and the value of non-residential building rose 1.3%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
July 2011
July 2011 (Additional information)
30 August 2011
13 September 2011
August 2011
August 2011 (Additional information)
4 October 2011
17 October 2011
September 2011
September 2011 (Additional information)
2 November 2011
14 November 2011


DATA NOTES

Widespread flooding, and other natural disasters, in the eastern states during late 2010 and early 2011 have not adversely affected participation by providers in the Building Approvals collection or the quality of estimates in this release. However, these events may have had an impact on the number of approved dwellings and the value of approved work.

The trend estimates should be interpreted with caution as the underlying behaviour of building approvals may be affected by initiatives within the Government stimulus package, which included the "Building the Education Revolution" (BER) program and the Social Housing Initiative as well as other developments associated with global economic conditions. From June 2009 to February 2010 BER impacts were quantified and removed from the trend estimates because of its short term nature. From April 2010 these impacts are no longer removed from the trend estimates as their effect has significantly declined. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 21 to 24 of the explanatory notes.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue. However, a range of changes will be made in the July 2011 issue to improve readability for users and implement the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) as described in the April 2011 issue:
  • Tables 10, 12, 20, 21, 22 and 23 in this publication will be removed. The data presented in these tables will continue to be available in time series spreadsheets from the ABS website.
  • A new time series spreadsheet will be released containing number of dwelling units approved for Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (Table 87). This table will be the ASGS equivalent to Table 10 Capital City Statistical Divisions.
  • Small area data cubes will be released in an additional information release up to 10 working days after the main publication. The data cubes will be for Statistical Area Level 2 in addition to Statistical Local Areas. Release dates are published under the Forthcoming Issues section of the publication and in ABS Release Advice.
  • Tables 60-73 on the website will be replaced by new Tables 60-77 (with the numbering of other tables amended accordingly). The new tables will contain revised value ranges for non-residential building jobs and approvals, and contain previously unpublished data for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. The time series identifiers, data item descriptions and value ranges for these new tables are accessible in "Summary of Changes to 8731.0 Building Approvals, Australia Time Series Spreadsheets from July 2011" under the "Data Cubes" heading of the "Downloads" tab in this issue (June 2011) on the ABS website.
  • One data item description has changed, "Non-house building (ie. Other Res + Non-Res)" is now "Dwellings excluding houses".
  • The State and Territory summary comments of this publication will be discontinued. The data presented on this page are available in Tables 3-6 of this publication.
  • The explanatory notes, glossary and quality declaration will be updated.


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to the total number of dwelling units approved in this issue are:

2009-10
2010-11
TOTAL

NSW
-
5
5
Vic.
-
26
26
Qld
156
1 116
1 272
SA
-
8
8
WA
-
10
10
Tas.
-
-
-
NT
-
-
-
ACT
-
-4
-4
Total
156
1 161
1 317




INQUIRIES

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