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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, April 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/05/2012   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Apr 12
Mar 12 to Apr 12
Apr 11 to Apr 12
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
10 810
-1.3
-16.6
Private sector houses
7 030
-1.4
-11.2
Private sector dwellings excluding houses
3 650
-0.9
-22.3
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
10 330
-8.7
-24.1
Private sector houses
6 590
-11.1
-15.9
Private sector dwellings excluding houses
3 656
-2.3
-33.8


Dwelling units approved
Graph: Number of dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved
Graph: Private sector houses approved




APRIL KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for total dwellings approved fell 1.3% in April and has fallen for 17 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 8.7% in April following a rise of 6.0% in the previous month.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.4% in April and has fallen for 28 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses fell 11.1% in April following a rise of 3.7% in the previous month.


PRIVATE SECTOR DWELLINGS EXCLUDING HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses fell 0.9% in April and has fallen for 16 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses fell 2.3% in April following a rise of 11.6% in the previous month.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building approved fell 1.7% in April and has fallen for 16 months. The value of residential building fell 0.3% and has fallen for 19 months. The value of non-residential building fell 3.9% and has fallen for 9 months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved fell 5.4% in April and has fallen for 3 months. The value of residential building fell 6.7% following a rise of 1.2% in the previous month. The value of non-residential building fell 2.8% and has fallen for 3 months.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2012 (Additional Information)7 June 2012
May 2012 3 July 2012
May 2012 (Additional Information)10 July 2012
June 201231 July 2012
June 2012 (Additional Information)7 August 2012
July 201230 August 2012
July 2012 (Additional Information)7 September 2012
August 20124 October 2012
August 2012 (Additional Information)11 October 2012



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


DATA NOTES

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 their 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 19 to 21 of the explanatory notes.

The Building Act 2011 came into effect in Western Australia on the 2 April 2012, bringing in significant changes to the building approval process. This may impact on the building approval estimates in that state.


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

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

2010-11
2011-12
TOTAL

NSW
-
44
44
Vic.
-
1
1
Qld
-
-
-
SA
-
-
-
WA
-
59
59
Tas.
-
-
-
NT
-
-
-
ACT
-
-1
-1
Total
-
103
103




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