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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, April 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/05/2013   
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Information about Building Approvals data cubes
The files under the data cubes heading contain data for small geographic areas in Excel and SuperTABLE formats. Excel files contain data for a financial year whereas SuperTABLE files contain data for individual months. Excel files open with all geographic areas displayed whereas the SuperTABLE files require users to specify those to display by using the "recode" option on the geography field (tip: hold the shift key and click the icon } to quickly view all the available geographic levels).

Please note that Building Approvals data are subject to revision. Data cubes are re-released each month including data for the latest month and revisions to data for previous months.

SuperTABLE data cubes

Number and Value ($m) of Approvals, States and Territories is a SuperTABLE dataset containing state level data for all states/territories.

Classifications
State/TerritoriesAll States & Territories
Reference MonthMonthly
Sector of OwnershipPrivate, Public, Total
Type of BuildingHouses, Other Residential, Residential, Non-residential, Non-house and Total building
Type of WorkNew, Alterations & additions (incl. conversions and refurbishments), Total work
Data ItemsValue of approval ($m), Number of dwelling units (no.)

Statistical Area 2s: State
are SuperTABLE datasets containing Statistical Area 2, Statistical Area 3, Statistical Area 4, and Greater Capital City Statistical Area data for that state/territory for each month.

Note SuperTABLE does not distinguish between cells containing the value zero ('0') and cells unavailable for publication ('np'); these all appear in the SuperTABLE datacubes as '-'. As a result, manual aggregation containing such cells should be treated with caution.
The table below shows which cross classifications are available. Therefore if any of the cells for these cross-classifications appear as '-' users can assume the value is 'nil or rounded to zero, including null cells'. For all other instances, users should assume the value is 'not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated'.

Building Type
Sector of Ownership
Type of Work
Variables
HousesPrivate/Public/TotalNew/TotalNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses -
One storey
Private/Public/TotalNewNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses -
Two storey
Private/Public/TotalNewNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses - TotalPrivate/Public/TotalNewNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Flats units or apartments - In a one or two storey blockPrivate/Public/TotalNewNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Flats units or apartments - In a three storey blockPrivate/Public/TotalNewNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Flats units or apartments - In a four or more storey blockPrivate/Public/TotalNewNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Flats units or apartments - Total including those attached to a housePrivate/Public/TotalNewNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Total Other ResidentialPrivate/Public/TotalNewNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Total ResidentialPrivate/Public/TotalNew/Alterations and additions/Conversions/Alterations and additions including conversions/TotalNumber of dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Retail and Wholesale Trade BuildingsPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Transport BuildingsPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
OfficesPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Commercial Buildings necPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Commercial Buildings TotalPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Factories and other secondary production buildingsPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
WarehousesPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Agricultural and aquacultural buildingsPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Other Industrial buildings necPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Industrial Buildings TotalPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Education BuildingsPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Religion BuildingsPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Aged care facilitiesPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Health buildingsPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Entertainment and recreation buildingsPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Short term accommodation buildingsPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Other non-residential necPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Other Non-Residential TotalPrivate/Public/TotalTotalValue of Approval ($000)
Total non-residentialPrivate/Public/TotalTotalNumber of Dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Dwellings excluding new residentialPrivate/Public/TotalTotalNumber of Dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
Dwellings excluding new housesPrivate/Public/TotalTotalNumber of Dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)
TotalPrivate/Public/TotalTotalNumber of Dwellings and Value of Approval ($000)


Local Government Areas: State, Year are SuperTABLE datasets containing Local Government Area data for that state/territory for each month in the relevant year.

Classifications
Geographic ClassificationLocal Government Area (LGA) and State
Reference MonthMonthly (yyyy refers to the financial year)
Sector of OwnershipPrivate, Public, Total
Type of BuildingHouses, Other residential, Residential, Non-residential, Total building
Type of WorkNew, Alterations & additions (incl. conversions and refurbishments), Total work
Data ItemsValue of approval ($000's), Number of dwelling units (no.), Selected value and dwelling ranges

All cross tabulation available for SA2 are available at the LGA level, as well the additional data items detailed in the table below.

Building Type
Sector of Ownership
Type of Work
Variables
HousesPrivate/Public/TotalNewNumber of Jobs, Dwellings and Value of Approval ($000) by dwelling and value ranges
Total Other ResidentialPrivate/Public/TotalNewNumber of Jobs, Dwellings and Value of Approval ($000) by dwelling and value ranges
Total ResidentialPrivate/Public/TotalNewNumber of Jobs, Dwellings and Value of Approval ($000) by dwelling and value ranges
Commercial Buildings TotalPrivate/Public/TotalTotalNumber of Jobs, Value of Approval ($000) by value ranges
Industrial Buildings TotalPrivate/Public/TotalTotalNumber of Jobs, Value of Approval ($000) by value ranges
Other Non-Residential TotalPrivate/Public/TotalTotalNumber of Jobs, Value of Approval ($000) by value ranges
Total non-residentialPrivate/Public/TotalTotalNumber of Jobs, Value of Approval ($000) by value ranges




Validation Table for use with SuperTABLE data cubes

The validation table is an Excel spreadsheet containing state level data for checking purposes when using SuperTABLE datasets. It is VERY IMPORTANT to check totals from tables created against the validation table to ensure you have extracted correct data. Each classification must be added to the table or over-counting will result. If a classification is not added to the table, all levels or components of that classification will be added together. As some classifications contain subtotals and totals already, this will result in some records being counted more than once. Therefore, even if a classification is not required in the table, at least one category should be subset and added to the table. For example, if the Public/Private sector split is not required you should still add the Total category for this classification or SuperTABLE will add the Public, Private and Total categories together for the number and value data in the table resulting in double-counting.


Excel Spreadsheets



Statistical Area 2s: State, Year are Excel spreadsheets containing Statistical Area 2 data for that state/territory for the relevant year.

Information available
Geographic ClassificationStatistical Area 2 (SA2), Statistical Area 3 (SA3), Statistical Area 4 (SA4), Greater Capital City Statistical Area and State
Time periodTotal year, or year to date for the current financial year
Data itemsNew houses (number and value)
New other residential building (number and value)
Total dwellings (number)
Alterations and additions to residential buildings (value)
Total residential building (value)
Non-residential building (value)
Total building (value)


Local Government Areas: State, Year are Excel spreadsheets containing Local Government Area data for that state/territory for the relevant year.

Information available
Geographic ClassificationLocal Government Area (LGA) and State
Time periodTotal year, or year to date for the current financial year
Data itemsNew houses (number and value)
New other residential building (number and value)
Total dwellings (number)
Alterations and additions to residential buildings (value)
Total residential building (value)
Non-residential building (value)
Total building (value)


Volatility of Local Government Area and Statistical Area 2 Data

Note that the estimates for small areas vary from month to month and caution should be used in drawing conclusions from monthly movements.


For Further Information

For any queries about the Buildings data in the cubes, please contact the National Information and Referral Service 1300 135 070.


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