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Australian home size is growing
The average floor area of new residential buildings increased by 37.4% (from 149.7 m2 to 205.7 m2) between 1984-95 and 2002-03. New houses increased by 40.3% (from 162.2 m2 to 227.6 m2) while new other residential buildings increased in average size by 35.2% (from 99.2 m2 to 134.0 m2) (table 19.8).
The average floor area of new houses increased in all states and territories over the past 18 years. The largest increases were in New South Wales (53.8%), the Australian Capital Territory (53.1%) and Queensland (50.2%) (table 19.9).
The average floor area of new houses built in 2002-03 was largest in New South Wales (244.9 m2) and Queensland (232.8 m2), while the smallest were in Tasmania (177.6 m2) and the Northern Territory (182.9 m2).
The average floor area of new other residential dwellings (such as flats, units, semi-detached houses and townhouses) also increased in all states and territories in the past 18 years. The greatest increases were in the Northern Territory (47.3%), Tasmania (42.6%) and South Australia (42.5%) (table 19.10).
The average floor area of new other residential buildings built in 2002-03 was largest in South Australia (143.6 m2) and Victoria (140.1 m2), while the smallest were in New South Wales (127.1 m2) and the Australian Capital Territory (129.4 m2).
1 The ‘floor area’ of a building is a measure of the amount of areal space in a building (and its attachments) and is measured in square metres (m2). The boundary of the recorded floor area of a building is delineated by the external perimeter of the external walls of the building. If a building has an unenclosed verandah, carport, etc., attached outside an external wall of one or more storeys, then the area under the verandah is excluded. <back
2 The floor area data used in the analyses was obtained from ABS Building Activity collections and is a measure of the floor area of a building at the final stage of its construction. Average floor area data was not stated for about 10% of all dwellings and, therefore, these were excluded from the analyses. Average floor area was calculated using the formula: Total floor area of all completed dwellings in the year/Number of completed dwellings in the year. <back
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