8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Sep 2014 Quality Declaration 
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3 November 2014
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Dwelling approvals flat in September

ABS Building Approvals show that the number of dwellings approved were flat in September 2014, in trend terms, holding steady for the last two months. Approvals of house dwellings has been declining slowly in trend terms for the last 6 months.

Dwelling approvals increased in September in the Australian Capital Territory (4.0 per cent), South Australia (1.3 per cent), Western Australia (0.9 per cent) and Queensland (0.7 per cent), but decreased in Tasmania (5.1 per cent), the Northern Territory (1.7 per cent), New South Wales (1.0 per cent) and Victoria (0.6 per cent) in trend terms.

In trend terms, approvals for private sector houses fell 0.2 per cent in September. Private sector house approvals fell in Victoria (1.8 per cent), South Australia (0.7 per cent) and Western Australia (0.3 per cent), but rose in Queensland (1.7 per cent) and New South Wales (0.9 per cent).

The value of total building approved rose 0.1 per cent in September, in trend terms, following a fall of 0.2 per cent in the previous month. The value of residential building fell 0.6 per cent and the value of non-residential building rose 1.4 per cent in trend terms.

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.