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In the year to December 2010, the total number of dwelling units approved in South Australia rose by 7.5%. Increases were recorded in four of the seven Statistical Divisions (SD) with the largest increase in the Murray Lands SD (up 56.7%). This follows a 13.9% decrease for this SD in the preceding twelve months to December 2009.
The largest decrease in dwelling units approved in the year to December 2010, occurred in the South East SD (down 15.2%).
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Widespread flooding in Queensland has had no impact on the collation of these statistics for December 2010. The January 2011 release of Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0) is expected to be impacted, both in terms of actual approvals occurring in the month and due to difficulties in collecting data for flood affected areas. Data notes in that publication will provide more details on the nature of those impacts.
The trend estimates should be interpreted with caution as the underlying behaviour of building approvals may be affected by initiatives within the Government stimulus package, which included the "Building the Education Revolution" (BER) program and the Social Housing Initiative as well as other developments associated with global economic conditions. From June 2009 to February 2010 BER impacts were quantified and removed from the trend estimates because of its short term nature. From March 2010 these impacts are no longer removed from the trend estimates as their effect has significantly declined. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 20 to 23 of the explanatory notes.
CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE
In the September quarter 2010, the total value of building work done (in trend terms)* in South Australia rose to $1,379.8m, an increase of 1.5% over the June quarter 2010.
Between the December quarters 2007 and 2009, the trend* estimate for the value of engineering work done rose sharply ($660.8m to $1,223.1m). Since this time, the value of engineering work has fallen to $1,065.3m in the September quarter 2010.
The upsurge in engineering construction between the December quarters 2007 and 2009 was the focus of the feature article presented in the April 2010 issue of SA Stats.
*INTRODUCTION OF NEW BASE YEAR
A new base year, 2008-09, has been introduced into the chain volume estimates which has resulted in revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. In addition, the chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2008-09, thereby preserving additivity in the quarters after the reference year. Re-referencing affects the levels of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates.
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