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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, July 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/09/2013   
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2 September 2013
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Private sector house approvals continue to strengthen in July

ABS Building Approvals show that the total number of private sector house approvals rose 1.1 per cent in trend terms in July. This contributed to the 0.9 per cent increase in the total number of dwelling units approved.

Dwelling approvals increased in July in the Australian Capital Territory (12.6 per cent), Northern Territory (4.0 per cent), Western Australia (3.1 per cent), Tasmania (1.6 per cent), South Australia (1.5 per cent), New South Wales (0.6 per cent) and Queensland (0.1 per cent) but decreased in Victoria (-1.2 per cent) in trend terms.

In trend terms, approvals for private sector houses increased for the eighth consecutive month in July. Of the states and territories, Western Australia (2.8 per cent), South Australia (2.4 per cent), Queensland (1.8 per cent) and New South Wales (0.9 per cent) all experienced rises in private sector house approvals. Private sector house approvals fell for the second month in Victoria, down 1.0 per cent in July.

The trend value of total building approved fell 1.1 per cent in July and has fallen for three months. The value of residential building rose 0.7 per cent while the value of non-residential building fell 3.4 per cent.

Further information is available in Building Approvals, Australia (cat no. 8731.0) on the ABS website at

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