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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/03/2011   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 10
Sep qtr 10 to Dec qtr 10
Dec qtr 09 to Dec qtr 10
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
38 375
-4.6
-2.8
New private sector houses
23 545
-6.8
-14.9
New private sector other residential building
12 393
0.2
30.0

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
37 897
-5.3
-7.3
New private sector houses
23 342
-8.0
-19.0
New private sector other residential building
12 371
4.2
27.9


Dwelling units commenced
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend estimates
Graph: Private Sector Dwellings Commenced




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 4.6% in the December quarter 2010 following a fall of 3.7% in the September quarter 2010.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 5.3% in the December quarter which follows a fall of 13.0% in the September quarter.


NEW HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 6.8% in the December quarter following a fall of 6.5% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 8.0% in the December quarter following a fall of 5.4% in the September quarter.


OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend estimate for new private sector other residential building commencements rose 0.2% in the December quarter which follows a rise of 2.4% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building rose 4.2% in the December quarter following a fall of 8.1% in the September quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2011 15 June 2011
June 2011 14 September 2011



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 19 April 2011.


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, September quarter 2010 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 20 January 2011:
  • the total number of dwellings commenced in Australia during September quarter 2010 has been revised upwards by 551 (+1.3%).
  • the number of new private sector houses commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2010 has been revised downwards by 97 (-0.4%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2010 has been revised upwards by 592 (+5.0%).


DATA NOTE

Widespread flooding in the eastern states, particularly Queensland, and other recent natural disasters have not affected the quality of statistics in this release. As these events occurred after, or very late, in the December quarter reference period, the overall level of construction activity was not noticeably affected for either national or state level estimates.

It is anticipated that the statistics presented in future releases of this publication may be affected both in the quality of estimates and through the direct impact on construction activity of the disasters and related recovery activities. Where impacts occur, these will be noted in this publication.


INQUIRIES

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


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