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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, June 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/07/2013   
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30 July 2013
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Private sector house approvals rise again in June

ABS Building Approvals show that the total number of private sector house approvals rose 1.0 per cent in trend terms in June. This contributed to the 0.1 per cent increase in the total number of dwelling units approved which was partially offset by a 1.5 per cent decrease in private sector dwellings excluding houses.

Dwelling approvals increased in June in the Australian Capital Territory (2.7 per cent), Western Australia (1.8 per cent), New South Wales (1.0 per cent), Tasmania (0.9 per cent), South Australia (0.8 per cent) and Queensland (0.1 per cent) but decreased in the Northern Territory (-10.9 per cent) and Victoria (-1.2 per cent) in trend terms.

In trend terms, approvals for private sector houses increased for the six consecutive month in June. Of the states and territories, South Australia (2.6 per cent), Western Australia (1.5 per cent), New South Wales (1.0 per cent) Victoria (0.9 per cent) and Queensland (0.6 per cent) all experienced rises in private sector house approvals.

The trend value of total building approved fell 0.5 per cent in June following rises in the previous 16 months. The value of residential building rose 0.4 per cent while non-residential building fell 1.7 per cent.

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

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