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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Jun 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2007   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Jun qtr 07
Mar qtr 07
to Jun qtr 07
Jun qtr 06
to Jun qtr 07
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
37 004
-1.9
-2.6
New private sector houses
25 463
-2.1
-0.9
New private sector other residential building
10 156
-2.5
-8.4

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
36 512
-4.0
-3.4
New private sector houses
25 158
-4.1
-1.5
New private sector other residential building
9 982
-4.1
-9.5

Dwelling units commenced - Total
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced



JUNE KEY POINTS


DWELLING UNITS COMMENCED

  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 1.9% in the June quarter 2007 following a revised fall of 1.0% in the March quarter 2007.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 4.0% in the June quarter 2007, which follows a revised fall of 1.1% in the March quarter 2007.


NEW HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell by 2.1% in the June quarter. This follows a revised fall of 1.1% in the March quarter 2007.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell by 4.1% in the June quarter 2007. This follows a revised fall of 0.3% in the March quarter 2007.


OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 2.5% in the June quarter 2007, which follows a revised fall of 1.7% in the March quarter 2007.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building fell 4.1% in the June quarter 2007 following a revised fall of 4.9% in the March quarter 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2007 17 December 2007
December 2007 19 March 2008



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This publication provides an early indication of trends in the number of dwelling units commenced. The data are estimates based on a response rate of approximately 90% of a sample of building jobs collected in the Building Activity Survey. More comprehensive and updated results will be released in Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 12 October 2007.



SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, March quarter 2007 (cat. no. 8752.0), released on 18 July 2007:

  • the total number of dwelling commenced in Australia during the March quarter 2007 has been revised upward by 325 (+1.0%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the March quarter 2007 has been revised upwards by 255 (+2.8%).

As a survey of approved building jobs, outcomes from the Building Activity Survey are subject to the accuracy of Building Approvals information used in preparing the collection. Some errors have been identified in Building Approvals information for a number of regions in Australia over recent years. Adjustments were made to the affected Building Approvals series and revisions were incorporated into the March 2007 issue of Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0), released on 8 May 2007.


Consequent revisions to dwelling commencements were published in Building Activity, Australia, March quarter 2007 (cat. no. 8752.0), released on 18 July 2007. The revisions, going back to December quarter 2000, are incorporated in this publication for the first time.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or James Inglis on Adelaide (08) 8237 7645.


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