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1345.4 - SA Stats, Nov 2010  
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CONSTRUCTION


BUILDING APPROVALS

The number of dwelling units approved in South Australia has fallen for the fifth consecutive month with 1,005 approvals recorded in September 2010. This represents a decrease of 3.7% over the estimate for August (1,044), but is 2.7% higher than at the same time in the previous year (979). Nationally, the number of dwelling units approved has fallen for the seventh consecutive month. The estimate of 12,431 in September 2010 is 19.2% below the peak recorded earlier in the year (15,376 approvals in February 2010).

The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses approved in South Australia fell to 677 in September 2010. Private sector house approvals as a proportion of total dwelling units has risen in the last three months from a low of 64.0% in June 2010 to 67.4% in September 2010.

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


In the year to September 2010, the total number of dwelling units approved in South Australia rose 12.6% over the previous year. Increases were recorded in six of the seven Statistical Divisions (SD) with the largest increase in the Murray Lands SD (up 79.6%). This follows a 21.0% decrease for this SD during the year ended September 2009.

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

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

Adelaide
8 066
-14.8
8 865
9.9
Outer Adelaide
1 498
-16.1
1 749
16.8
Yorke and Lower North
499
-20.9
515
3.2
Murray Lands
417
-21.0
749
79.6
South East
386
-30.2
398
3.1
Eyre
239
-27.1
279
16.7
Northern
372
-28.9
370
-0.5
South Australia
11 477
-16.9
12 925
12.6

Source: Building Approvals, Australia - data available on request


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


CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE

In the June quarter 2010, the total value of building work done (in trend terms) in South Australia rose to $1,297.9m, an increase of 4.2% over the March quarter 2010.

Between the December quarters 2007 and 2009, the trend estimate for the value of engineering work done rose sharply ($627.5m to $1,268.0m). Since this time, the value of engineering work has fallen to $1,241.6m in the June quarter 2010. The $14.6m drop over the last quarter sees the value of engineering work done fall below the value of building work for the first time since the March quarter 2009.

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



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