1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2009  
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  • In recent months, the number of residential building approvals has been very volatile in seasonally adjusted terms. Following a significant rise in June 2009 (17%), then a fall in July (-5%), the number of residential approvals rose to 1,804 (1.3%) in the month of August.
  • During the previous 12 month period, the lowest seasonally adjusted figure occurred in November 2008, when 1,280 approvals were recorded.

1 August key figures

Aug 09
Jul 09
Aug 08


Total number of dwelling units approved
1 818
1 786
1 724

Seasonally Adjusted

Total number of dwelling units approved
1 804
1 780
1 844

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

  • In trend terms, the number of building approvals increased in August 2009 for the seventh consecutive month.The trend data shows a dramatic fall in the number of approvals in the year to January 2009, after which the monthly figure steadily increased.
  • The increase was driven by approvals for single houses, which accounted for more than 90% of residential building approvals in August 2009.

  • Historically, private sector housing approvals have made up a large proportion of total building approvals. Strong growth in this area has been a key driver of recent increases in building approvals. In August 2009, private sector housing accounted for 84% of all residential building approvals in seasonally adjusted terms.

The link below provides time series data (1983 to 2009) on Number of Dwellings Approved by Sector (All Series) for Western Australia from Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0). The data can also be accessed by selecting from the list of available Excel spreadsheets under the Downloads tab of the publication . Table 5 is one of several tables containing building approvals data for Western Australia.

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