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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Apr 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/05/2006   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Apr 06
Mar 06 to Apr 06
Apr 05 to Apr 06
no.
% change
% change

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
11 976
-0.5
-10.1
Private sector houses
8 511
0.2
-3.1
Private sector other dwellings
3 204
-2.3
-25.1
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
12 105
-3.4
-7.5
Private sector houses
8 502
0.3
-1.8
Private sector other dwellings
3 272
-14.6
-23.0

Dwelling units approved, Total number
Graph: Number of dwelling units approved

Private sector houses approved, Total number
Graph: Private sector houses approved



APRIL KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend estimate for total dwelling approvals fell 0.5% in April 2006, the eleventh consecutive monthly fall.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 3.4%, to 12,105, in April 2006.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector house approvals rose 0.2% in April 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.3%, to 8,502, in April 2006.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 2.3% in April 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 14.6%, to 3,272, in April 2006.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate for the value of total building approved fell 0.3% in April 2006. The value of new residential building rose 0.1%. The value of alterations and additions fell 0.3%. The value of non-residential building approved fell 0.9%, the sixth consecutive monthly fall.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total building approved fell 11.4%, to $4,531.2m, in April 2006. The value of new residential building approved fell 9.0%, to $2,378.2m. The value of alterations and additions was flat at $447.8m.


NOTES


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to Total Dwellings in this issue are:

2004-05
2005-06
Total

NSW
54
177
231
Vic.
-
23
23
Qld
3
-1
2
SA
51
4
55
WA
-
-6
-6
Tas.
-
-
-
NT
-
-
-
ACT
-
-
-
Total
108
197
305


Revisions to the value of two non-residential building approvals removed $150m from Queensland in February 2006 and $99.5m from Queensland in November 2005.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Paul Pamment on Adelaide (08) 8237 7499.



VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend for the value of new residential building has shown small rises over the last five months.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of alterations and additions to residential buildings fell 0.3% in April 2006.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of non-residential building fell 0.9% in April 2006, the sixth consecutive monthly fall.

Graph: Trend value of non-residential building approved



DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

The trend for total dwelling units approved has fallen for eleven consecutive months.

Graph: Total dwelling units approved



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

The trend for private sector houses approved has risen for the last four months after falls in the previous six months.

Graph: Private sector houses approved



PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend for private sector other dwellings approved has been in general decline since May 2005.

Graph: Private sector other dwellings approved



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED STATES AND TERRITORIES


SUMMARY COMMENTS

The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 0.5% in April 2006. The trend fell in New South Wales (-2.9%), Victoria (-0.4%), Western Australia (-0.5%) and the Australian Capital Territory (-7.8%), but rose in all other states and territories.


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.2% in April 2006. The trend rose in New South Wales (+0.4%), Queensland (+0.9%), South Australia (+0.3%) and Western Australia (+0.8%), but fell in Victoria (-0.8%).

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 020
1 990
1 724
561
1 632
145
34
63
7 169
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 013
2 544
2 321
1 226
2 029
154
70
84
10 441
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-21.0
-26.5
-26.6
-17.1
-12.2
-33.2
-56.4
-19.2
-22.6
Total dwelling units (%)
-15.4
-29.4
-36.4
13.7
-6.3
-44.4
-57.1
-38.7
-22.4

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 223
2 260
2 075
674
2 001
na
na
na
8 502
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 349
2 763
2 852
1 362
2 444
183
na
na
12 105
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
0.1
-6.6
-1.0
5.3
15.1
na
na
na
0.3
Total dwelling units (%)
1.2
-18.4
-9.4
32.9
18.1
-35.3
na
na
-3.4

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 210
2 374
2 096
651
1 863
na
na
na
8 511
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 308
3 046
2 967
930
2 259
222
103
142
11 976
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
0.4
-0.8
0.9
0.3
0.8
na
na
na
0.2
Total dwelling units (%)
-2.9
-0.4
0.5
2.4
-0.5
1.8
1.0
-7.8
-0.5

na not available



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED


STATE TRENDS


NEW SOUTH WALES

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW



The trend for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales has been in decline for the past fifteen months. The trend estimate for private sector houses rose in April after falls in the previous nine months.



VICTORIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - VIC



The trend for total dwelling units approved in Victoria is now showing small falls for the last two months. The trend for private sector houses now shows falls for the last three months.



QUEENSLAND

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld



The trend for total dwelling units approved in Queensland is showing small rises for the last two months. The trend for private sector houses has risen for the last five months.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA



The trend for total dwelling units approved in South Australia is now showing rises over the last four months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing small rises for the last two months.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia fell in April, following rises for the previous eight months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing rises for the last ten months.

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