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Feature Article  Changes in the mix of dwelling types DWELLING UNITS COMPLETED, Australia
HOUSES AND OTHER RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS  AUSTRALIA continued The graph below displays the proportion of total dwelling units completed accounted for by houses and other residential buildings. For houses, this proportion fell gradually from 78% in 198485 to 67.5% in 200001. For other residential buildings, the proportion rose from 21.8% in 198485 to 32.3% in 200001, which illustrates a shift in Australia from houses to other residential dwellings. DWELLING TYPE AS A PROPORTION OF TOTAL DWELLING UNITS  Australia OTHER RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGSNUMBER OF STOREYS There has been a clear trend towards an increase in the number of storeys for other residential buildings. The table below shows that the category 'semidetached, row or terrace houses and townhouses' of two or more storeys has trended upwards between 199394 and 200001, while those with one storey decreased fairly steadily. Over the same period flats, units or apartments in buildings of one or two storeys has trended downwards, while those with four or more storeys increased dramatically. DWELLING UNITS COMPLETED, By Dwelling Type, By Number of Storeys
OTHER RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGSNUMBER OF STOREYS continued The graph below displays semidetached etc. buildings as a proportion of total dwelling units completed. The proportion of one storey semidetached etc. buildings have decreased over time, falling from 11.4% in 199394 to 6.3% in 200001. Comparatively, dwelling units completed as semidetached etc. buildings of two or more storeys increased from 4.4 % to 7.6% between 199394 and 200001. SEMI DETACHED DWELLINGS(a) AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL DWELLING UNITS, Australia The following graph shows that flats, units and apartments in buildings of four or more storeys as a proportion of total dwelling units completed increased from 1.6% in 199394 to 11.2% in 200001. During this period, those of three storeys increased their proportion slightly from 2.6% to 3.7%. Conversely, the proportion of flats units and apartments of one or two storeys decreased from 6.6% to 3.4%. FLATS, UNITS AND APARTMENTS AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL DWELLINGS, Australia HOUSES AND OTHER RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS  States Different patterns across States are evident in the proportions of houses and other residential dwellings completed over time. Of all the States, New South Wales has the lowest proportion of houses to total dwellings being completed. NEW SOUTH WALES Between 198485 and 200001 the proportion of houses to total dwellings decreased and the proportion of other residential dwellings to total dwellings increased. In 200001, 54.1% of total dwelling units were houses. VICTORIA In 199697 the proportion of houses to total dwelling units decreased significantly and conversely, the proportion of other residential dwellings to total dwellings increased. The ratios have remained relatively stable since 199697. QUEENSLAND Between 198485 and 200001 there has been a slight decrease in the proportion of houses to total dwellings and an increase in the proportion of other residential dwellings to total dwellings. SOUTH AUSTRALIA In contrast to the eastern States, the proportion of houses to total dwellings has increased and the proportion of other residential dwellings to total dwellings has decreased over the last 16 years. WESTERN AUSTRALIA Between 199495 and 199798, the proportion of houses to total dwellings increased and the proportion of other residential dwellings to total dwellings decreased. This movement has been slightly reversed in the last three years. TASMANIA Since 1992/93 there has been a slight increase in the proportion of houses to total dwellings and a decrease in the proportion of other residential dwellings to total dwellings. NORTHERN TERRITORY Since 1996/97 houses and other residential buildings have begun to account for a more equal proportion of total dwellings. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY The proportion of houses and other residential buildings to total dwellings has varied between 1984/85 and 2000/01. For further information on this topic contact Roger Mableson on 08 8237 7494. Document Selection These documents will be presented in a new window.

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