Dwelling stock statistics are currently only available from the Census of Population and Housing every five years. More frequent estimates of dwelling stock are valuable for economic and housing policy development and evaluation, and informing planning and service provision decisions. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is currently developing a methodology for the production of quarterly estimates of small area dwelling stock for release in 2022.
The newly developed statistics will contain quarterly estimates of dwelling additions, removals, and stock based on the most recent Census of Population and Housing.
The purpose of this article is to present an experimental method for estimating stock removals. Dwelling stock removals have been estimated in Victoria from the September 2016 quarter to the June 2021 quarter by Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2). Victoria was selected as it had the highest number of demolition approvals for all the states and territories across this period. The data are comprised of:
- realised demolitions (demolitions as they occur following an approval); and
- unplanned stock losses (dwellings destroyed due to natural disasters) from the 2019-20 bushfire season.
Experimental estimates of small area additions to stock (dwelling completions) from the September 2016 quarter to the June 2021 quarter are available in Building Activity, Australia. These estimates of small area completions have been modelled using state level dwelling completions, which are produced from the Building Activity Survey.
If you have any feedback on these experimental data and the potential for producing ongoing quarterly estimates beyond 2022, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.