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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/06/2009   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Mar qtr 09
Dec qtr 08 to Mar qtr 09
Mar qtr 08 to Mar qtr 09
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
30 388
-8.5
-24.7
New private sector houses
20 991
-7.5
-20.9
New private sector other residential building
8 287
-12.5
-33.1

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
30 949
-4.0
-22.5
New private sector houses
21 428
-4.1
-16.3
New private sector other residential building
8 321
-6.6
-34.9


Dwelling units commenced
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

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




MARCH KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 8.5% in the March quarter 2009 following a fall of 8.4% in the December quarter 2008.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 4.0% in the March quarter which follows a revised fall of 11.5% in the December quarter.


NEW HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 7.5% in the March quarter following a fall of 6.6% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 4.1% in the March quarter following a revised fall of 6.7% in the December quarter.


OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 12.5% in the March quarter which follows a fall of 12.7% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building fell 6.6% in the March quarter following a revised fall of 21.8% in the December quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2009 15 September 2009
September 2009 15 December 2009



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 15 July 2009.


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, December quarter 2008 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 17 April 2009:
  • the total number of dwellings commenced in Australia during December quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 143 (+0.4%).
  • the number of new private sector houses commenced in Australia during the December quarter 2008 has been revised downwards by 302 (-1.3%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the December quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 448 (+5.0%).


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Willie Hynd on Adelaide (08) 8237 7645.


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