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1345.4 - SA Stats, Jan 2011  
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CONSTRUCTION


BUILDING APPROVALS

The number of dwelling units approved in South Australia has fallen for the sixth consecutive month with 899 approvals recorded in November 2010. This represents a decrease of 5.4% over the estimate for October (950), and 11.2% lower than at the same time in the previous year (1,012). Nationally, the number of dwelling units approved has fallen for the ninth consecutive month. The estimate of 12,953 in November 2010 is 16.1% below the peak recorded earlier in the year (15,443 approvals in February 2010).

The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses approved in South Australia fell marginally to 670 in November 2010. Private sector house approvals as a proportion of total dwelling units has risen in the last five months from a low of 63.3% in June 2010 to 74.5% in November 2010.

DWELLING UNITS APPROVED, Trend, South Australia
Graph: DWELLING UNITS APPROVED, Trend, South Australia


In the year to November 2010, the total number of dwelling units approved in South Australia rose by 9.3%. Increases were recorded in four of the seven Statistical Divisions (SD) with the largest increase in the Murray Lands SD (up 65.3%). This follows a 17.1% decrease for this SD in the preceding twelve months to November 2009.

The largest decrease in dwelling units approved in the year to November 2010, occurred in the South East SD (down 10.2%).

DWELLING UNITS APPROVED, by Statistical Division, Original, South Australia

Year ended November 2009
Year ended November 2010
Dwelling units
Change over previous year
Dwelling units
Change over previous year
no.
%
no.
%

Adelaide
8 179
-9.2
8 779
7.3
Outer Adelaide
1 508
-13.8
1 699
12.7
Yorke and Lower North
474
-21.3
553
16.7
Murray Lands
426
-17.1
704
65.3
South East
413
-22.1
371
-10.2
Eyre
257
-21.6
249
-3.1
Northern
352
-31.0
332
-5.7
South Australia
11 609
-12.3
12 687
9.3

Source: Building Approvals, Australia - data available on request


Map of South Australia's Statistical Divisions (PDF 3.083MB)


CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE

In the September quarter 2010, the total value of building work done (in trend terms)* in South Australia rose to $1,379.8m, an increase of 1.5% over the June quarter 2010.

Between the December quarters 2007 and 2009, the trend* estimate for the value of engineering work done rose sharply ($660.8m to $1,223.1m). Since this time, the value of engineering work has fallen to $1,065.3m in the September quarter 2010.

The upsurge in engineering construction between the December quarters 2007 and 2009 was the focus of the feature article presented in the April 2010 issue of SA Stats.

VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE*, Chain volume measures - SA: Trend
Graph: VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE*, Chain volume measures - SA: Trend



*INTRODUCTION OF NEW BASE YEAR

A new base year, 2008-09, has been introduced into the chain volume estimates which has resulted in revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. In addition, the chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2008-09, thereby preserving additivity in the quarters after the reference year. Re-referencing affects the levels of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates.



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