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

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

TREND
Total dwelling units approved
12 121
-0.4
-8.0
Private sector houses
8 501
0.3
-2.0
Private sector other dwellings
3 386
-1.3
-20.1
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
Total dwelling units approved
12 484
2.2
-1.7
Private sector houses
8 492
-2.5
-1.6
Private sector other dwellings
3 766
13.8
-0.1

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

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



MARCH KEY POINTS


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

  • The trend estimate for total dwelling approvals fell 0.4% in March 2006, the tenth consecutive monthly fall.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved rose 2.2%, to 12,484, in March 2006.


PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for private sector house approvals rose 0.3% in March 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved fell 2.5%, to 8,492, in March 2006.


PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLING UNITS
  • The trend estimate for private sector other dwellings approved fell 1.3% in March 2006.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector other dwellings approved rose 13.8%, to 3,766, in March 2006.


VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED
  • The trend estimate for the value of total building approved rose 0.3% in March 2006. The value of new residential building rose 1.3%. The value of alterations and additions rose 0.1%. The value of non-residential building approved fell 1.2%, the fifth consecutive fall after nine months of growth.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total building approved rose 5.4%, to $5,157.0m, in March 2006. The value of new residential building approved rose 6.1%, to $2,659.3m. The value of alterations and additions fell 14.5%, to $446.6m.


NOTES


REVISIONS THIS MONTH

Revisions to Total Dwellings in this issue are:

2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
Total

NSW
-
52
138
436
445
126
1 197
Vic.
-
-
-
3
-
-
3
Qld
3
2
355
471
392
510
1 733
SA
-
-
-
62
4
6
72
WA
-
-
9
18
-
-75
-48
Tas.
-
-
-
-
-
-6
-6
NT
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
ACT
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
3
54
502
990
841
561
2 951


The revisions relate to errors in reported data, including significant reporting errors dating back to 2002-03 for three councils (Murray in NSW and Gold Coast and Mackay in Queensland). These three councils account for half of the revisions.



INQUIRIES

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VALUE OF BUILDING APPROVED


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of new residential building has risen for the last four months.

Graph: New residential building



ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of alterations and additions to residential buildings rose 0.1% in March 2006.

Graph: Alterations and additions to residential buildings



NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

The trend estimate for the value of non-residential building fell 1.2% in March 2006, the fifth consecutive monthly fall.

Graph: Trend value of non-residential building approved



DWELLINGS APPROVED


TOTAL DWELLING UNITS

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

Graph: Total dwelling units approved



PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES

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

Graph: Private sector houses approved



PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER DWELLINGS

The trend estimate 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 0.4% in March 2006. The trend fell in New South Wales (-3.8%), South Australia (-0.8%) and Western Australia (-1.5%) but rose in all other states and territories.


The trend estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.3% in March 2006. The trend fell in New South Wales (-0.6%), South Australia (-0.5%) and Western Australia (-1.3%) but rose in Victoria (+0.8%) and Queensland (+1.6%).

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

Original

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 277
2 708
2 350
677
1 856
217
78
78
9 241
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 365
3 581
3 647
1 078
2 162
277
163
137
13 410
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
12.7
12.2
7.8
13.8
5.5
35.6
1.3
-6.0
10.0
Total dwelling units (%)
2.5
22.0
22.9
27.7
9.5
60.1
94.0
-44.1
16.3

Seasonally Adjusted

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 206
2 473
2 107
640
1 694
na
na
na
8 492
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 314
3 319
3 197
1 031
2 039
280
na
na
12 484
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
1.4
0.1
-6.4
3.7
-8.0
na
na
na
-2.5
Total dwelling units (%)
-1.4
6.2
-1.4
9.3
0.2
39.3
na
na
2.2

Trend

Dwelling units approved
Private sector houses (no.)
1 180
2 478
2 085
639
1 767
na
na
na
8 501
Total dwelling units (no.)
2 371
3 174
3 004
836
2 200
234
113
188
12 121
Percentage change from previous month
Private sector houses (%)
-0.6
0.8
1.6
-0.5
-1.3
na
na
na
0.3
Total dwelling units (%)
-3.8
1.1
0.9
-0.8
-1.5
4.9
5.6
5.6
-0.4

na not available



DWELLING UNITS APPROVED


STATE TRENDS


NEW SOUTH WALES

Graph: Dwelling units approved - NSW



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in New South Wales has been in decline for the past fourteen months. The trend for private sector houses has fallen for the past nine months.



VICTORIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - VIC



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Victoria is showing rises for the last four months. The trend for private sector houses shows small rises for the last four months.



QUEENSLAND

Graph: Dwelling units approved - Qld



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



SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - SA



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in South Australia is now showing falls over the last five months. The trend for private sector houses has fallen for the last four months.



WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Graph: Dwelling units approved - WA



The trend estimate for total dwelling units approved in Western Australia is now showing falls for the last two months. The trend for private sector houses is now showing falls for the last three months.

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