8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Feb 2010 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/03/2010   
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March 31, 2010
Embargo: 11.30 am (AEDT)

Less dwelling units approved this month.

ABS Building Approvals show that the number of dwelling units approved fell 3.3% in February 2010 following a fall last month.

The number of dwellings approved fell in New South Wales (-14.6%), Victoria (-1.9%) and South Australia (-23.3%)

There was a fall in the number of approvals for private sector houses (-0.9%) this month following increases in January 2010 and December 2009.

New South Wales (-10.4%), Victoria (-0.5%), Queensland (-0.7%) and South Australia (-5.9%) recorded less private sector houses this month according to the ABS.

The value of total building approved fell 4.5% in February. The value of total residential building approvals rose 1.2% while non-residential building approvals fell 13.0%.

Further information is available in Building Approvals, Australia (cat no. 8731.0) on the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au

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