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1345.4 - SA Stats, Apr 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/04/2011   
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CONSTRUCTION


BUILDING APPROVALS

In trend terms, the number of dwelling units approved in South Australia has fallen for the eleventh consecutive month with 805 approvals recorded in February 2011. This represents a decrease of 2.1% over the January estimate (822), and 27.4% lower than at the same time in the previous year (1,109). Nationally, the number of dwelling unit approvals also fell (1.7%) to 12,894, with the February 2011 estimate 17.4% below the peak recorded a year earlier (15,617).

The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses approved in South Australia fell (3.4%) to 551 in February 2011. Private sector house approvals as a proportion of total dwelling unit approvals was 68.7% in February 2010, while in February 2011 this proportion was slightly lower at 68.4%.

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


In original terms, for the year to February 2011 the total number of dwelling units approved in South Australia rose by 1.4%. Increases were recorded in three of the seven Statistical Divisions (SD) with the largest increase in the Murray Lands SD (up 49.0%). This follows a 9.3% decrease for this SD in the preceding twelve months to February 2010.

The largest decrease in dwelling unit approvals in the year to February 2011, occurred in the Northern SD (down 19.0%).

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

Year ended February 2010
Year ended February 2011
Dwelling units
Change over previous year
Dwelling units
Change over previous year
no.
%
no.
%

Adelaide
8 488
-2.9
8 344
-1.7
Outer Adelaide
1 491
-13.5
1 623
8.9
Yorke and Lower North
448
-23.2
553
23.4
Murray Lands
449
-9.3
669
49.0
South East
405
-23.9
355
-12.3
Eyre
271
-7.8
245
-9.6
Northern
352
-24.0
285
-19.0
South Australia
11 904
-7.2
12 074
1.4

Source: Building Approvals, Australia - data available on request


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


*DATA NOTES

Please refer to source publications for impact of floods on data and collections.

The trend estimates should be interpreted with caution as the underlying behaviour of building approvals may be affected by initiatives within the Government stimulus package, which included the "Building the Education Revolution" (BER) program and the Social Housing Initiative as well as other developments associated with global economic conditions. From June 2009 to February 2010 BER impacts were quantified and removed from the trend estimates because of its short term nature. From March 2010 these impacts are no longer removed from the trend estimates as their effect has significantly declined. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 20 to 23 of the explanatory notes.


CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE

In the December quarter 2010, the total value of building work done (in trend terms)* in South Australia fell to $1,328.8m, a decrease of 1.5% over the September quarter 2010.

Between the December quarters 2007 and 2009, the trend* estimate for the value of engineering work done rose sharply ($660.4m to $1,223.6m). Since this time, the value of engineering work has fallen to $1,052.6m in the December quarter 2010; 2.5% below the September quarter.

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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