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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Jun 2005  
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Jun qtr 05
Mar qtr 05 to Jun qtr 05
Jun qtr 04 to Jun qtr 05
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
39 117
1.2
-7.9
New private sector houses
25 637
1.5
-8.7
New private sector other residential building
12 022
1.9
-7.1

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
39 993
5.5
-6.1
New private sector houses
26 378
7.6
-7.1
New private sector other residential building
12 171
2.1
-5.8

Dwelling units commenced - Total
Graph: Total dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced



JUNE KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced rose 1.2% in the June quarter 2005, following four quarters of decline.
  • New private sector house commencements rose 1.5% in the latest quarter.
  • New private other residential building commencements rose 1.9% in the June quarter 2005.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total number of dwelling units commenced rose 5.5%, to 39,993, in the June quarter 2005.
  • New private sector house commencements rose 7.6%, to 26,378. This is still 7.1% below the level reported in the June quarter 2004.
  • New private other residential building rose 2.1%, to 12,171, in the June quarter 2005.


NOTES


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 14 October 2005.



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Time series spreadsheets have been released in Excel format for the first time with this issue. A concordance between the old Lotus 1,2,3 spreadsheets and the new Excel spreadsheets is available in Information Paper: Changes to Ausstats Tables for Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 8750.0.55.001).


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, March quarter 2005 (cat. no. 8752.0), released on 18 July 2005:

  • the number of private sector new houses commenced in Australia during the March quarter 2005 has been revised downwards by 236 (-1.1%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the March quarter 2005 has been revised upwards by 223 (+2.2%).


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Andrew Stidston on Adelaide (08) 8237 7668.



DWELLING UNIT COMMENCEMENTS ORIGINAL


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES

Jun qtr 05
Mar qtr 05 to Jun qtr 05
Jun qtr 04 to Jun qtr 05
no.
%
%

New private sector houses
26 105
17.7
-7.0
New private sector other residential building
11 753
11.7
-5.5
Private sector conversion, etc.
498
42.3
4.1
Public sector dwellings
919
9.3
14.9
Total dwelling units
39 275
15.9
-6.0

  • The total number of dwelling units commenced rose 15.9% in the June quarter 2005, to 39,275.
  • New private sector house commencements rose 17.7%, to 26,105. Commencements rose in all states and territories except Tasmania (-6.1%).
  • New private sector other residential building rose 11.7%, to 11,753. Falls in Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory only partially offset rises in the remaining states and territories.
  • The total number of public sector dwellings commenced rose 9.3%, to 919.
Graph: ORIGINAL ESTIMATES



DWELLING UNIT COMMENCEMENTS STATES & TERRITORIES


NEW SOUTH WALES
Graph: Dwelling units commenced, NSW



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements has fallen for the past five quarters.



VICTORIA

Graph:  Dwelling units commenced, Vic.



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements shows falls for the past six quarters, with the rate of decline decreasing in recent quarters.



QUEENSLAND

Graph:  Dwelling units commenced, Qld



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements has fallen for the last five quarters.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Graph:  Dwelling units commenced, SA



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements has risen for the past four quarters, with the rate of growth increasing in recent quarters.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Graph:  Dwelling units commenced, WA



The trend estimate of total dwelling unit commencements is now showing rises for the past three quarters, with strong growth in the past two quarters.



TASMANIA

Graph:  Dwelling units commenced, Tas



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements is now showing declines over the past four quarters.



NORTHERN TERRITORY

Graph:  Dwelling units commenced, NT



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements is now showing declines for the past two quarters.



AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Graph:  Dwelling units commenced, ACT



The trend estimate of dwelling unit commencements shows strong rises for the past two quarters.

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