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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2012  
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Mar qtr 12
Dec qtr 11 to Mar qtr 12
Mar qtr 11 to Mar qtr 12
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
31 682
-7.5
-19.2
New private sector houses
20 703
-4.7
-10.8
New private sector other residential building
10 181
-12.1
-27.8

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
30 623
-12.6
-24.5
New private sector houses
20 306
-7.8
-13.1
New private sector other residential building
9 492
-21.6
-37.7


Dwelling units commenced
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

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




MARCH KEY POINTS


DWELLING UNITS COMMENCED
  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 7.5% in the March quarter 2012 following a fall of 7.2% in the December quarter 2011.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 12.6% in the March quarter following a fall of 4.5% in the December quarter.


NEW PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 4.7% in the March quarter following a fall of 3.7% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 7.8% in the March quarter following a fall of 2.6% in the December quarter.


NEW PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend estimate for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 12.1% in the March quarter following a fall of 11.7% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building fell 21.6% in the March quarter following a fall of 6.3% in the December quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
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 July 2012.


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, December quarter 2011 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 18 April 2012:
  • the total number of dwellings commenced in Australia during December quarter 2011 has been revised upwards by 2,124 (+6.1%).
  • the number of new private sector houses commenced in Australia during the December quarter 2011 has been revised upwards by 510 (+2.2%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the December quarter 2011 has been revised upwards by 1,788 (+16.3%).


DATA NOTE

After the 2012 June quarter release, scheduled for 12 September 2012, the ABS will cease production of this publication and all associated spreadsheets (cat. no. 8750.0). Data currently released in this publication will be continue to be released in Building Activity, Australia (cat no. 8752.0). For questions or concerns related to the discontinuation of this publication please contact the Building Activity section on (08) 8237 7647.


INQUIRIES

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