8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Sep 2016 Quality Declaration 
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2 November 2016
Embargo: 11:30 am (Canberra Time)
Non-residential building approvals rise in September

The value of total building approved rose 2.1 per cent in September 2016, in trend terms, and has risen for 10 months, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

The result was driven by a 6.0 per cent rise in the value of non-residential building, while residential building fell 0.1 per cent.

The number of dwellings approved fell 0.6 per cent in September, in trend terms, and has fallen for four months.

Dwelling approvals decreased in September in the Northern Territory (6.0 per cent), South Australia (4.3 per cent), Victoria (2.0 per cent), Queensland (1.6 per cent), Tasmania (1.1 per cent) and Western Australia (0.6 per cent) but increased in the Australian Capital Territory (15.9 per cent) and New South Wales (0.6 per cent) in trend terms.

In trend terms, approvals for private sector houses fell 0.5 per cent in September. Private sector house approvals fell in South Australia (1.2 per cent), New South Wales (0.9 per cent), Victoria (0.6 per cent), Queensland (0.5 per cent) and Western Australia (0.3 per cent).

In seasonally adjusted terms, dwelling approvals decreased 8.7 per cent in September, driven by a fall in total other residential dwellings (17.5 per cent). Total house approvals rose 1.7 per cent.

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

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