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8750.0 - Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/03/2010   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 09
Sep qtr 09 to Dec qtr 09
Dec qtr 08 to Dec qtr 09
no.
%
%

Trend Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
38 487
9.4
16.6
New private sector houses
27 678
9.9
23.4
New private sector other residential building
8 654
6.7
-9.3

Seasonally Adjusted Estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
40 022
15.1
26.0
New private sector houses
28 343
13.4
28.3
New private sector other residential building
9 367
18.9
7.2


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 rose 9.4% in the December quarter 2009 following a rise of 8.9% in the September quarter 2009.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced rose 15.1% in the December quarter which follows a rise of 11.0% in the September quarter.


NEW HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements rose 9.9% in the December quarter following an increase of 9.6% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements rose 13.4% in the December quarter following a rise of 9.9% in the September quarter.


OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend for new private sector other residential building commencements rose 6.7% in the December quarter which follows a rise of 4.0% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building rose 18.9% in the December quarter following a rise of 10.0% in the September quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2010 16 June 2010
June 2010 15 September 2010



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 14 April 2010.


SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS ISSUE

Compared to the estimates published in Building Activity, Australia, September quarter 2009 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 20 January 2010:
  • the total number of dwellings commenced in Australia during September quarter 2009 has been revised upwards by 285 (+0.8%).
  • the number of new private sector houses commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2009 has been revised upwards by 38 (+0.2%).
  • the number of new private sector other residential dwelling units commenced in Australia during the September quarter 2009 has been revised upwards by 232 (+2.9%).


INQUIRIES

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


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