Australian Bureau of Statistics
8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Jul 2001
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/11/2001
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Special Article - Average floor area of new dwellings
Average floor area of new residential buildings, Australia
There has been a steady increase in the average floor area of new dwellings over the last 15 years. The average floor area of new dwellings increased by 28% between 1985-86 and 1999-2000, from 155.6 m2 to 199.5 m2. New houses increased from 169.7 m2 to 221.5 m2 (31%), while new other residential buildings increased from 103.6 m2 to 129.9 m2 (25%).
AVERAGE FLOOR AREA OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
The table shows the percentage change in floor area over the last five years and the last 15 years. The average floor area of new houses in capital cities increased by 31% between 1985-86 and 1999-2000, from 175.9 m2 to 229.8 m2. Similarly, the average floor area of new houses outside the capital city regions increased by 30%, from 162.0 m2 to 209.9 m2.
Average floor area of new houses, Capital cities vs Rest of State
The graph shows the average floor area of new houses was higher in capital cities than in regions outside the capital cities. For example, in 1999-2000, average floor area was 9.4% or 19.8 m2 higher in capital cities. There was no significant difference in other residential buildings.
AVERAGE FLOOR AREA OF HOUSES BY STATE OR TERRITORY
The average floor area of houses increased in all States and Territories over the last 15 years. Highest increases were in the Australian Capital Territory (44%), New South Wales (43%) and Queensland (36%).
In the last five years, the average floor area of houses in Western Australia and the Northern Territory remained relatively stable, while the average floor area in the remaining States and Territories increased. The highest increases were recorded in the Australian Capital Territory (23%) and New South Wales (21%).
The table shows that the average floor area of houses was higher in the larger States than in the smaller States and Territories. For example, in 1999-2000, average floor area was highest in New South Wales (241.3 m2) and Queensland (224.4 m2), and lowest in the Northern Territory (185.4 m2) and Tasmania (194.1 m2).
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