8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Aug 2011 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/10/2011   
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4 October 2011
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra Time)

Dwelling approvals rise in August

ABS Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved rose 11.4% in August 2011, in seasonally adjusted terms, following a rise of 1.8% in July.

Dwelling approvals increased for the month of August in New South Wales (45.2%), Queensland (19.7%), Tasmania (17.2%), Victoria (7.3%) and Western Australia (5.5%) but fell in South Australia (-4.1%) in seasonally adjusted terms.

In seasonally adjusted terms, approvals for private sector houses fell 1.0% in August with falls in Victoria (-9.6%), New South Wales (-4.3%) and South Australia (-0.1%) while there were rises in Queensland (16.0%) and Western Australia (1.6%).

The value of total building approved increased 14.2% in August in seasonally adjusted terms. The value of total residential building rose 10.8% while non-residential building rose 20.3% after falling 8.9% in June.

Wide-spread flooding, and other natural disasters, in the eastern states during late 2010 and early 2011 have not adversely affected participation by providers in the Building Approvals collection or the quality of estimates in this release. However, these events may have had an impact on the number of approved dwellings and the value of approved work.

Further information is available in Building Approvals, Australia (cat no. 8731.0).

Media Note: Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.