1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Dec 2009  
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES, Western Australia

Jan 2010
Dec 2009
Jan 2009
Total number of dwelling units approved

Trend estimates
2 114
2 094
1 430
Seasonally adjusted estimates
2 102
2 042
1 350

Source: Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0).

  • Residential building approvals continued to rise steadily in January 2010, increasing by 1.0% in trend terms to 2,114, after increases of 1.7% in November and 1.1% in December 2009.
  • The January increase was driven by a 1.2% increase (trend) in approvals for single houses, the largest monthly rise of all states and territories.
  • Recent seasonally adjusted figures show greater volatility in building approvals, with an 8.3% fall in November followed by a 1.2% increase in December 2009 and a 3.0% increase in the month of January.

  • In 2008, the number of dwelling approvals in Western Australia fell for eleven consecutive months (trend terms), a decrease of 28% overall between January and December of that year. In early 2009, this downward trend was reversed, with thirteen consecutive monthly increases to January 2010, equating to a rise of 48% over that period.

  • Historically, the largest proportion of building approvals has related to private sector housing, accounting for over 78% of approvals (trend) in January 2010. Strong private sector building approvals growth over the last year (up 43%) has been the main driver of recent increases in total approvals.

    This link takes you to time series spreadsheets from Building Approvals, Australia, Jan 2010 (cat. no. 8731.0).
    Table 05 contains Number of Dwellings Approved by Sector for Western Australia.

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