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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Oct 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/12/2003   
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OCTOBER KEY FIGURES


% change
% change
TREND ESTIMATES
Sep 2003 to
Oct 2002 to
Oct 2003
Oct 2003
Oct 2003

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses
10,584
0.6
10.6
Total dwelling units
16,121
2.1
5.9

% change
% change
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Sep 2003 to
Oct 2002 to
Oct 2003
Oct 2003
Oct 2003

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses
10,521
-
9.2
Total dwelling units
16,364
1.6
-5.7




DWELLING UNITS APPROVED
Total number
Graph - Dwelling units approved, Total number
PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES APPROVED
Total number
Graph - Private sector houses approved, Total number


OCTOBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 2.1% in October 2003, the eighth consecutive monthly rise.
  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.6% in October 2003, the ninth consecutive monthly rise.
  • The trend estimate for other dwellings approved rose 5.2% in October 2003, the fifth consecutive monthly rise.
  • The trend estimate for the value of total building approved rose 1.9% in October 2003, the eighth consecutive monthly rise.


SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 1.6% in October 2003, to 16,364.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved in October 2003 was 10,521, unchanged from the previous month.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for other dwellings approved in October 2003 was 5,732, a rise of 5.1%. This is the highest level since October 2002. There were rises in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.


NOTES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE


As advised in the previous issue, extensive changes have been made to the format and content of this publication. Please refer to the List of Tables on page 7. This issue also includes the first release of data using the new 2000 Functional Classification of Buildings (FCB) which has replaced the 1986 FCB. The revised FCB has resulted in changes to the classification of data within the non-residential sector (see tables 21, 22 and 23), whereas the residential sector is unchanged. Historical data is available on the new basis, commencing with July 2000. For more details, see the Explanatory Notes, paragraph 10.


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

There have been significant revisions to data for two municipalities in Queensland (Pine Rivers and Ipswich) following advice to the ABS about problems. The effect of these revisions is:
  • Pine Rivers - additional 1,481 dwellings in the period from July 2000 to September 2003
  • Ipswich - additional 836 dwellings in the period from December 2001 to August 2003.

The total effect of these and other revisions to total dwelling units in this issue:


2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
Total

New South Wales
-
-
226
-9
217
Victoria
-
-
-
-2
-2
Queensland
101
654
1,531
207
2,493
South Australia
-
-
2
11
13
Western Australia
-
-
15
11
26
Tasmania
-
-
7
3
10
Total
101
654
1,781
221
2,757

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

DATA NOTES

Estimates have been included for the following councils that were unable to report all building work approved in their municipality this month: Hurstville (New South Wales), Toowoomba (Queensland) and Port Adelaide Enfield (South Australia).


FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Jeff Allen on Adelaide (08) 8237 7302.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of new residential building has risen for the last eight months, following four months of decline. The trend rose 1.7% in October 2003.
Graph - Value of building approved, New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of alterations and additions to residential building has risen for the last eleven months, following three months of decline. The trend rose 1.9% in October 2003.
Graph - Value of building approved, Alterations and additions to residential building



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of non-residential building approved has risen for the last seven months, following four months of decline. The trend rose 2.1% in October 2003.
Graph - Value of building approved, Non-residential building



DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

The trend estimate of total dwelling units approved has risen for the last eight months, following six months of decline. The trend estimate rose 2.1% in October 2003.
Graph - Dwellings approved, Total dwelling units



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved has risen for the last nine months, following six months of decline. The trend estimate rose 0.6% in October 2003.
Graph - Dwellings approved, Private sector houses



OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate for other dwellings approved has risen for the last five months, following seven months of decline. The trend estimate rose 5.2% in October 2003.
Graph - Dwellings approved, Other dwellings



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED, STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units approved in October 2003 was 16,121, a 2.1% rise from the previous month. Total dwelling units approved rose in all states and territories except Tasmania.

The trend estimate for private sector houses approved in October 2003 was 10,584, a rise of 0.6% from the previous month. Private sector houses increased in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, but fell in Victoria.

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

ORIGINAL

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
2,111
3,275
2,559
787
1,970
219
40
182
11,143
Total dwelling units (no.)
4,149
5,227
3,862
1,247
2,403
238
105
485
17,716
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-5.8
9.3
-1.3
-1.0
20.4
-2.7
-4.8
14.5
4.3
Total dwelling units (%)
-3.8
19.2
-3.9
28.2
24.4
0.4
-54.9
31.8
7.6

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1,997
3,039
2,475
786
1,805
na
na
na
10,521
Total dwelling units (no.)
3,930
4,724
3,585
1,161
2,240
223
na
na
16,364
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-8.5
3.7
-5.9
5.4
14.1
na
na
na
-
Total dwelling units (%)
-7.7
7.4
-5.9
22.0
15.5
7.1
na
na
1.6

TREND
Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
2,055
3,057
2,598
770
1,679
na
na
na
10,584
Total dwelling units (no.)
4,148
4,118
3,882
984
2,096
233
103
166
16,121
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
0.1
-0.8
1.7
1.0
3.2
na
na
na
0.6
Total dwelling units (%)
1.0
0.6
1.8
2.6
3.8
-1.3
9.8
0.2
2.1

na not available
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

DWELLING UNITS APPROVED


STATE TRENDS


New South Wales
Graph - Dwellings units approved, State trends, New South Wales


The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales has risen for the last six months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last eight months.


Victoria
Graph - Dwellings units approved, State trends, Victoria


The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Victoria has risen for the last nine months. The trend for private sector houses fell in October 2003, after increasing over the previous seven months.


Queensland
Graph - Dwelling units approved, State trends, Queensland


The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Queensland has risen for the last seven months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last nine months.


South Australia
Graph - Dwelling units approved, State trends, South Australia


The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia has risen for the last six months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last eight months.


Western Australia
Graph - Dwelling units approved, State trends, Western Australia


The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia has risen for the last six months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last ten months.





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