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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/03/2012   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 11
Sep qtr 11 to Dec qtr 11
Dec qtr 10 to Dec qtr 11
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
34 122
-5.8
-14.0
New private sector houses
21 921
-2.1
-8.5
New private sector other residential building
11 118
-11.4
-17.2

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
33 653
-6.9
-13.4
New private sector houses
21 845
-2.7
-7.7
New private sector other residential building
10 739
-13.9
-17.4


Dwelling units commenced
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend estimates
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


DWELLING UNITS COMMENCED
  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 5.8% in the December quarter 2011 following a fall of 5.0% in the September quarter 2011.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 6.9% in the December quarter following a fall of 5.8% in the September quarter.


NEW PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 2.1% in the December quarter following a fall of 1.8% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 2.7% in the December quarter following a fall of 1.7% in the September quarter.


NEW PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend estimate for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 11.4% in the December quarter following a fall of 8.8% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building fell 13.9% in the December quarter following a fall of 10.7% in the September quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2012 20 June 2012
June 2012 12 September 2012



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 18 April 2012.


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, September quarter 2011 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 18 January 2012:
  • the total number of dwellings commenced in Australia during September quarter 2011 has been revised upwards by 1134 (+3.1%).
  • the number of new private sector houses commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2011 has been revised upwards by 391 (+1.7%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2011 has been revised upwards by 640 (+5.3%).


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