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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Oct 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/12/2005   
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OCTOBER KEY FIGURES

Oct 05
Sept 05 to Oct 05
Oct 04 to Oct 05
no.
% change
% change

Trend

Total dwelling units approved
11 969
-2.3
-6.5
Private sector houses
8 397
-1.8
-2.4
Private sector other dwellings
3 158
-4.4
-18.3

Seasonally Adjusted

Total dwelling units approved
12 012
-
-6.3
Private sector houses
8 223
-0.2
-4.9
Private sector other dwellings
3 351
-1.5
-10.8

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

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

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



OCTOBER KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend for total dwelling approvals fell 2.3% in October 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved was unchanged at 12,012, in October 2005. An increase in public sector approvals offset declines in private sector houses and other dwellings.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate of private sector house approvals fell 1.8% in October 2005, the fourth consecutive monthly fall.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved fell -0.2%, to 8,223, in October 2005. This is the second lowest estimate since May 2001.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate of private sector other dwellings approved fell 4.4% in October 2005.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 1.5%, to 3,351, in October 2005. This is the second lowest estimate since February 2002.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building approved has fallen for the past four months, down 0.6% in October 2005. The value of new residential building approved fell 2.3%, and the value of alterations and additions fell 0.7%. The value of non-residential building approved rose 1.6%, the ninth consecutive monthly rise.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved fell 8.4% to $4,561.8m in October 2005. The value of new residential building approved fell 0.9%, to $2,359.4m. The value of alterations and additions rose 6.5%, to $429.9m.


NOTES

REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to Total Dwellings in this issue are:

2004-05
2005-06
Total

New South Wales
45
450
495
Victoria
92
-
92
Queensland
37
1
38
South Australia
34
5
39
Western Australia
-3
-1
-4
Tasmania
-
-
-
Northern Territory
-
-17
-17
Australian Capital Territory
11
-
11
TOTAL
216
438
654


There has been significant revisions to data for the Auburn Council (NSW), Ku-Ring-Gai Council (NSW), Marrickville Council (NSW) and Wollongong City Council (NSW) following the resolution of some reporting problems spanning the past three months.


Estimates have been included in this issue for the municipality of Kwinana in Western Australia, which was unable to report all building work approved in their municipality this month.



INQUIRIES

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VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of new residential building has fallen for the past five months. The trend fell 2.3% in October 2005.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of alterations and additions to residential building has now fallen for the past six months. The trend fell 0.7% in October 2005.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building shows nine months of growth, rising 1.6% in October 2005.

Graph: Trend value of non-residential building approved



DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

For the fifth consecutive month the trend estimate for total dwelling units approved has fallen. This follows five months of modest growth.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved is showing falls for the past four months, after five months of growth.

Graph: Private sector houses approved



PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved shows strong declines for the past seven months. The trend fell 4.4% in October 2005.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 2.3% in October 2005. The trend fell in all the states and territories other than Western Australia (+1.3%), South Australia (+1.0%) and the Northern Territory (+0.9%). The largest falls were in the Australian Capital Territory (-11%) and Victoria (-5.1%).


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.8% in October 2005. The trend fell in New South Wales (-4.4%), Victoria (-3.9%), Queensland (-1.5%) and South Australia (-1.4%) but rose in Western Australia (+3.6%).

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

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 227
2 176
2 165
608
1 930
169
38
70
8 383
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 453
3 075
3 188
927
2 218
206
70
74
12 211
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-13.9
-8.1
13.7
-15.2
11.6
-12.4
-37.7
7.7
-0.9
Total dwelling units (%)
-15.0
0.1
-1.2
2.0
16.3
-13.1
-52.7
-17.8
-2.1

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 232
2 147
1 993
623
1 960
na
na
na
8 223
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 576
2 804
3 111
922
2 263
200
na
na
12 012
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-13.1
-5.8
3.5
-4.2
18.2
na
na
na
-0.2
Total dwelling units (%)
-6.4
-5.4
0.3
7.0
21.1
-11.5
na
na
-

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 406
2 322
1 988
633
1 764
na
na
na
8 397
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 673
2 910
3 022
890
2 058
208
112
97
11 969
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-4.4
-3.9
-1.5
-1.4
3.6
na
na
na
-1.8
Total dwelling units (%)
-2.4
-5.1
-2.4
1.0
1.3
-1.9
0.9
-11.0
-2.3

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
na not available



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATE TRENDS


NEW SOUTH WALES

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales shows strong falls for the past nine months. The trend for private sector houses shows falls for the past four months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW



VICTORIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Victoria shows strong falls for the past five months. The trend for private sector houses shows falls for the past five months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Vic



QUEENSLAND

The trend estimates for total dwelling units approved in Queensland shows falls for the past four months. The trend for private sector houses shows falls for the past four months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia is now showing modest rises for the past eleven months. The trend for private sector houses is showing a general decline starting in February 2005.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia is now showing a modest rise for the past three months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing a rise for the past four months.

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA


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