5671.0 - Lending Finance, Australia, May 2004  
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1 This publication presents statistics of finance commitments made by significant lenders for the purposes of secured housing finance for owner occupation, other personal finance, commercial finance and lease finance.

2 Secured housing finance for owner occupation is secured finance to individuals for the purchase or construction of dwellings for owner occupation, and for alterations and additions to existing owner occupied dwellings. Refinancing involving a change of lender is also included, while refinancing with the same lender is excluded from all estimates.

3 Personal finance, other than secured housing finance for owner occupation, is finance provided to individuals for their personal, non-business, use. Both fixed loans and revolving credit finance are included.

4 Commercial finance is finance provided to individuals and corporations for business or investment purposes, including for the construction or purchase of dwellings for rental or resale. Fixed loans, revolving credit and commercial hire purchase are included.

5 Lease finance includes finance and leverage leases. Operating lease finance statistics are provided as spreadsheets on AusStats.


6 Finance commitments made by the following types of lenders are included:

  • Banks
  • Permanent building societies
  • Credit unions/co-operative credit societies
  • Life or general insurance companies
  • General government enterprises
  • Superannuation funds
  • Securitisers of mortgage assets (wholesale lenders) which provide funds to borrowers through a retail intermediary (e.g. mortgage originators)
  • Other Registered Financial Corporations.


7 The statistics cover all bank commitments, and all commitments for secured housing finance for owner occupation made by permanent building societies. Of the remaining commitments, the largest lenders for each of secured housing finance for owner occupation, other personal finance, commercial finance and lease finance are covered, so that when calculated separately for each of the four broad categories of purpose finance, at least 95% of Australia-wide finance commitments and at least 90% of each state's finance commitments are covered. While many lenders other than banks are not covered, at least 70% coverage is maintained for all published lender types (including the Other Lenders series and Other Lessors series).

8 An annual collection is conducted to maintain and update the survey coverage. New lenders are included as their lending for any of the four categories of finance becomes sufficiently large.

9 From June 2001, the statistics for:

  • secured housing finance for owner occupation cover all commitments by banks and permanent building societies, and commitments by all other lenders which provided more than $50m for housing finance in 2000;
  • personal finance cover all commitments by banks, and commitments by all other lenders which provided more than $96m for personal finance in 2000; From June 2002, the statistics for:
  • commercial finance cover all commitments by banks, and commitments by all other lenders which provided more than $484m for commercial finance in 2001;
  • lease finance cover all commitments by banks, and commitments by all other lenders which provided funds of more than $31m for lease finance in 2001.

10 Additional smaller lenders are also covered where it is necessary to maintain collection coverage (as specified in paragraph 7).


11 Revisions to previously published statistics are included in the publication as they occur.

12 Changes in the classification of lenders (e.g. the conversion of a permanent building society to a bank) are reflected in the Lender series from the month of the change. Data for earlier periods for such lenders are not reclassified. Details of the establishment of new banks are published in the Reserve Bank of Australia's monthly Bulletin in the section on Technical Notes to Tables.


13 Seasonal adjustment is a means of removing the estimated effects of normal seasonal variation and ‘trading day effects’. A ‘trading day effect’ reflects the varying amounts of activity on different days of the week and the different number of days of the week in any month (i.e. the number of Sundays, Mondays, etc.). This effect may be partly caused by the reporting practices of the lenders. Adjustment is also made for Easter which may affect the March and April estimates differently. Seasonal adjustment does not remove the effect of irregular or non-seasonal influences (e.g. a change in interest rates) from the series.

14 Housing component series have been seasonally adjusted independently of the total housing series. Therefore the sum of the housing components is unlikely to equal the housing total.

15 The lending finance series uses a concurrent seasonal adjustment methodology to derive the seasonal adjustment factors. This means that original estimates available at the current reference month are used to estimate seasonal factors for the current and previous months. As a result of this methodology, the seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for earlier periods can be revised each month. However, in most instances, the only noticeable revisions will be to the previous month and the same month a year ago.


16 Smoothing seasonally adjusted series reduces the impact of the irregular component of the seasonally adjusted series and creates trend estimates. These trend estimates are derived by applying a 13 term Henderson-weighted moving average to all but the last six months of the respective seasonally adjusted series. Trend series are created for the last six months by applying surrogates of the Henderson moving average to the seasonally adjusted series. For further information, refer to Information Paper: A Guide to Interpreting Time Series - Monitoring Trends: An Overview (cat. no. 1348.0) or contact the Assistant Director, Time Series Analysis on Canberra 02 6252 6345 or by email at <timeseries@abs.gov.au>.

17 While the smoothing technique described in paragraph 16 enables trend estimates to be produced for the latest few months, it does result in revisions to the trend estimates as new data become available. Generally, revisions become smaller over time and, after three months, usually have a negligible impact on the series. Changes in the original data and re-estimation of seasonal factors may also lead to revisions to the trend.


18 Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. Percentage changes in this publication have been derived from unrounded data.


19 Estimates for months prior to those shown in this publication and more detailed series can be purchased in spreadsheet format from the ABS web site. For more information, contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


20 Users may also wish to refer to the following ABS releases:

  • Housing Finance, Australia (cat. no. 5609.0)
  • Assets and Liabilities of Australian Securitisers (cat. no. 5232.
  • Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0)
  • Building Activity, Australia: Dwelling Unit Commencements, Preliminary (cat. no. 8750.0)
  • Private New Capital Expenditure and Expected Expenditure, Australia (cat. no. 5625.0)
  • Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Electronic Publication (cat. no. 9314.0)

21 In addition, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) produces the monthly Reserve Bank of Australia Bulletin, the tables of which are available on the RBA web site <http://www.rba.gov.au>. The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) also publishes a range of finance statistics on its web site <http://www.apra.gov.au>.

22 Current publications produced by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products, Australia (cat. no. 1101.0). The Catalogue and information on forthcoming releases (Release Advices) are available from any ABS office or from the ABS web site <https://www.abs.gov.au>.