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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Sep 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/12/2008   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep qtr 08
Jun qtr 08 to Sep qtr 08
Sep qtr 07 to Sep qtr 08
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
36 731
-4.6
-5.2
New private sector houses
24 641
-3.9
-4.9
New private sector other residential building
10 995
-4.9
-3.9

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
35 425
-10.7
-9.1
New private sector houses
23 868
-11.0
-7.3
New private sector other residential building
10 528
-9.4
-12.1


Dwelling units commenced
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

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




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 4.6% in the September quarter 2008 following a fall of 3.2% in the June quarter 2008.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 10.7% in the September quarter which follows a revised rise of 0.2% in the June quarter.


NEW HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 3.9% in the September quarter following a fall of 2.5% in the June quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 11.0% in the September quarter following a revised rise of 5.3% in the June quarter.


OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 4.9% in the September quarter which follows a fall of 3.7% in the June quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building fell 9.4% in the September quarter following a revised fall of 7.5% in the June quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2008 19 March 2009
March 2009 17 June 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 21 January 2009.


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, June quarter 2008 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 13 October 2008:
  • the total number of dwellings commenced in Australia during June quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 1361 (+3.6%).
  • the number of new private sector houses commenced in Australia during the June quarter 2008 has been revised downwards by 154 (-0.6%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the June quarter 2008 has been revised upwards by 1506 (+15.0%).


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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