8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Jan 2010 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
March 2, 2010
Embargo: 11.30 am (AEDT)
20/2010

Less dwelling units approved this month.



ABS Building Approvals show that the number of dwelling units approved fell 7.0% in January 2010 following a rise last month.

The number of dwellings approved fell in Victoria (-15.9%), Queensland (-7.4%) and Tasmania (-27.0%).

There was a fall in the number of approvals for private sector dwellings other than houses (-29.1%) this month following strong increases in November and December 2009.

The number of approvals for private sector houses rose 0.3%.

Victoria (+4.9%), Queensland (+0.7%), South Australia (+4.6%) and Western Australian (+4.2%) recorded more private sector house approvals this month according to the ABS.

The value of total building approved fell 24.6% in January with the value of both residential (-6.2%) and non-residential building approvals (-41.9%) falling.

Further information is available in Building Approvals, Australia (cat no. 8731.0) on the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au

Media Note:
Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.