5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, January 2018 Quality Declaration 
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Trend estimates
Seasonally adjusted estimates
Jan 2018
Dec 2017 to Jan 2018
Jan 2018
Dec 2017 to Jan 2018

Value of dwelling commitments(a)(b)

$m
% change
$m
% change
Total dwellings
32 993
0.0
33 067
0.7
Owner occupied housing
21 126
0.1
21 165
0.5
Investment housing - fixed loans(c)
11 867
-0.3
11 902
1.1

Number of dwelling commitments(a)(b)

no.
% change
no.
% change
Owner occupied housing
54 980
-0.7
54 443
-1.1
Construction of dwellings
6 164
0.0
6 315
3.1
Purchase of new dwellings
3 015
-1.4
2 889
-4.7
Purchase of established dwellings
45 801
-0.7
45 240
-1.5

(a) Includes refinancing (see Glossary).
(b) Excludes alterations and additions.
(c) Excludes revolving credit.

Value of dwelling commitments, Total dwellings
Graph: Value of dwelling commitments, Total dwellings

No. of dwelling commitments, Owner occupied housing
Graph: No. of dwelling commitments, Owner occupied housing




JANUARY KEY POINTS


VALUE OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

January 2018 compared with December 2017:
  • The trend estimate for the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions was unchanged. Owner occupied housing commitments rose 0.1% while investment housing commitments fell 0.3%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 0.7%.


NUMBER OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

January 2018 compared with December 2017:
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance fell 0.7% in January 2018.
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for the purchase of new dwellings fell 1.4%, the number of commitments for the purchase of established dwellings fell 0.7% and the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings was flat.
  • In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments rose to 18.0% in January 2018 from 17.9% in December 2017.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2018 12 April 2018
March 2018 11 May 2018
April 2018 12 June 2018
May 2018 11 July 2018
June 2018 8 August 2018



IMPORTANT QUALITY NOTICE: FIRST HOME BUYERS NUMBERS

The number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments recorded strong growth from July 2017 to November 2017. The increase has been driven mainly by changes to first home buyer incentive programs in New South Wales and Victoria. The ABS is working with APRA and the financial institutions to establish the size of the increase in first home buyer lending and improve the quality of first home buyer statistics more broadly. These numbers may be revised and users should take care when interpreting ABS first home buyer statistics.


FORTHCOMING CHANGES

The ABS is proposing to combine Housing Finance, Australia (5609.0) and Lending Finance, Australia (5671.0) into a single, simpler publication called Lending to Households and Businesses, Australia (5601.0). The new publication is expected to be released on 12 June 2018. Some of the data currently published in the two publications will no longer be published in the new consolidated publication, however, some existing outputs will be further disaggregated. New analytical series will also be added with the inclusion of seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for more data items.

An information paper which outlines the changes in more detail and format of the new publication as well as historical data in the new table structures, will be released no less than one month prior to the first release of Lending to Households and Businesses, Australia (5601.0).

REVISIONS

In this issue, revisions have been made to the original series as a result of improved reporting of survey and administrative data. These revisions have affected the following series:
  • Owner occupied housing for the periods October 2017 to December 2017.
  • Housing loan outstandings to households for owner occupation series for the periods September 2017 to December 2017 and for investment housing series for the periods September 2017 to December 2017.


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INQUIRIES

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