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Building Approvals, Australia

Provides the number and value of dwelling units approved and the number and value of non-residential building jobs approved

Reference period
December 2019
Released
3/02/2020

Key statistics

  • The value of residential building rose 2.6%.
  • The trend estimate for total dwellings approved rose 2.1%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses fell 0.1%.
  • The value of non-residential building fell 2.7%.

Main features

December key figures

  Dec 19Nov 19 to Dec 19Dec 18 to Dec 19
  no.%%
TREND   
 Total dwelling units approved
14 423
2.1
-5.9
 Private sector houses
8 368
0.3
-10.0
 Private sector dwellings excluding houses
5 889
4.9
0.2
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED   
 Total dwelling units approved
14 752
-0.2
2.7
 Private sector houses
8 486
-0.1
-7.1
 Private sector dwellings excluding houses
6 087
-0.1
19.4
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December key points

Total dwelling units

  • The trend estimate for total dwellings approved rose 2.1% in December.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 0.2% in December.
     

Private sector houses

  • The trend estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.3% in December.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses fell 0.1% in December.
     

Private sector dwellings excluding houses

  • The trend estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses rose 4.9% in December.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses fell 0.1% in December.
     

Value of building approved

  • The trend estimate of the value of total building approved fell 0.6% in December and has fallen for six months. The value of residential building rose 1.1% and has risen for four months. The value of non-residential building fell 2.7% and has fallen for five months.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved rose 13.4% in December. The value of residential building rose 2.6%, while the value of non-residential building rose 30.9%.
     

Data notes

In this release, revisions are provided for the time period from July 2018 to November 2019. Further information about potential sources of revisions can be found in the feature article released with the January 2016 8731.0 publication - "Revisions to Building Approval Statistics".

Small area data cubes and CSV files will be made available in an “Additional Information” release five business days after the main publication. These will be for Statistical Area Level 2 and Local Government Areas. Release dates are published under the “Forthcoming Issues” section of the publication and in ABS Release Advice.

A number of time series spreadsheets contain ‘np’ (not available for publication) annotations. This is due to confidential data being contained in these series.

Bushfires in December

Bushfires resulted in minor disruption to data collection activities during December 2019 in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. Quality assurance undertaken by the ABS confirmed that these disruptions did not result in any impacts to Building Approval statistics. Whilst it is expected that bushfire rebuilding and recovery activity will have some impact on future Building Approvals estimates this activity is not yet present in the December estimates.

Revisions this month

Revisions to the total number of dwelling units approved in the December 2019 issue are:

Dwellings2018-192019-20
NSW-307105
Vic.-89
Qld-20101
SA-2-
WA-2
Tas.81
NT--
ACT--
Total-321298

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The trend estimate for Australia rose 2.1% in December.

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The trend estimate for private sector houses approved rose 0.3% in December.

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The trend estimate for private sector dwelling units excluding houses rose 4.9% in December.

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The trend estimate for the value of new residential building approved rose 1.5% in December and has risen for four months.

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The trend estimate for the value of alterations and additions to residential building fell 1.8% in December and has fallen for nine months.

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The trend estimate for the value of non-residential building approved fell 2.7% in December and has fallen for five months.

Dwelling units approved, state trends

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The trend estimate for total number of dwelling units approved in New South Wales rose 0.5% in December. The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses fell 2.1% in December.

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The trend estimate for total number of dwelling units approved in Victoria rose 6.1% in December. The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses rose 1.1% in December.

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The trend estimate for total number of dwelling units approved in Queensland fell 1.3% in December. The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses rose 1.1% in December.

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The trend estimate for total number of dwelling units approved in South Australia rose 0.5% in December. The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses rose 0.5% in December.

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The trend estimate for total number of dwelling units approved in Western Australia fell 1.4% in December. The trend estimate for the number of private sector houses rose 2.0% in December.

Article archive

Characteristics of apartment approvals, September 2019 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Growth in approvals, December 2018 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Change in composition of dwelling approvals, July 2016 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Implementation of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard in ABS Building Approvals collection, April 2011 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Average floor area of new residential dwellings, February 2010 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Average quarterly completion times for new houses, July 2008 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Changes in the mix of dwelling types, April 2008 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Average floor area of new residential dwellings, February 2008 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Are we building on smaller blocks?, July 2004 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Focus on the South Australian Construction Industry, June 2004 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Focus on the Tasmanian Construction Industry, June 2004 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Focus on the Queensland Construction Industry, May 2004 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Focus on the Victorian Construction Industry, April 2004 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Engineering Construction, March 2004 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Focus on the New South Wales Construction Industry, February 2004 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Average floor area of new dwellings, December 2003 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Work done on housing jobs each quarter, March 2003 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Inner city development, December 2002 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Functional classification of buildings, August 2002 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Building activity in Sydney and Melbourne, July 2002 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Changes in the mix of dwelling types, May 2002 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Construction Industry information, April 2002 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Average value of new houses, March 2002 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Largest and fastest growing areas in Australia, November 2001 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Functional classification of buildings, August 2001 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Average floor area of new dwellings, July 2001 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Identifying growth areas, May 2001 (cat. no. 8731.0)

Additional Building and Construction feature articles can be found in Feature Articles by Catalogue Number.

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    Data downloads - time series spreadsheets

    Table 01. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, all series - New South Wales

    Table 02. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, all series - Victoria

    Table 03. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, all series - Queensland

    Table 04. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, all series - South Australia

    Table 05. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, all series - Western Australia

    Table 06. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, all series - Australia

    Table 07. Total number of dwelling units approved - states and territories

    Table 08. Number of private sector houses approved - states and territories

    Table 09. Number of dwelling units approved, original, states and territories

    Table 10. Number of dwelling units approved, by greater capital city statistical area - original

    Table 11. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, original - Australia

    Table 12. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, original - New South Wales

    Table 13. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, original - Victoria

    Table 14. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, original - Queensland

    Table 15. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, original - South Australia

    Table 16. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, original - Western Australia

    Table 17. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, original - Tasmania

    Table 18. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, original - Northern Territory

    Table 19. Number of dwelling units approved, by sector, original - Australian Capital Territory

    Table 20. Number of dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, original - Australia

    Table 21. Value of dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, original, Australia

    Table 22. Dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, number and value, original - New South Wales

    Table 23. Dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, number and value, original - Victoria

    Table 24. Dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, number and value, original - Queensland

    Table 25. Dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, number and value, original - South Australia

    Table 26. Dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, number and value, original - Western Australia

    Table 27. Dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, number and value, original - Tasmania

    Table 28. Dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, number and value, original - Northern Territory

    Table 29. Dwelling units approved in new residential buildings, number and value, original - Australian Capital Territory

    Table 30. Value of building approved - New South Wales

    Table 31. Value of building approved - Victoria

    Table 32. Value of building approved - Queensland

    Table 33. Value of building approved - South Australia

    Table 34. Value of building approved - Western Australia

    Table 35. Value of building approved - Tasmania

    Table 36. Value of building approved - Northern Territory

    Table 37. Value of building approved - Australian Capital Territory

    Table 38. Value of building approved - Australia

    Table 39. Value of total building approved - states and territories

    Table 40. Value of residential building approved - states and territories

    Table 41. Value of non-residential building approved - states and territories

    Table 42. Value of building approved, by sector, original - Australia

    Table 43. Value of building approved, by sector, original - New South Wales

    Table 44. Value of building approved, by sector, original - Victoria

    Table 45. Value of building approved, by sector, original - Queensland

    Table 46. Value of building approved, by sector, original - South Australia

    Table 47. Value of building approved, by sector, original - Western Australia

    Table 48. Value of building approved, by sector, original - Tasmania

    Table 49. Value of building approved, by sector, original - Northern Territory

    Table 50. Value of building approved, by sector, original - Australian Capital Territory

    Table 51. Value of non-residential building approved, by sector, original - Australia

    Table 52. Value of non-residential building approved, by sector, original - New South Wales

    Table 53. Value of non-residential building approved, by sector, original - Victoria

    Table 54. Value of non-residential building approved, by sector, original - Queensland

    Table 55. Value of non-residential building approved, by sector, original - South Australia

    Table 56. Value of non-residential building approved, by sector, original - Western Australia

    Table 57. Value of non-residential building approved, by sector, original - Tasmania

    Table 58. Value of non-residential building approved, by sector, original - Northern Territory

    Table 59. Value of non-residential building approved, by sector, original - Australian Capital Territory

    Table 60. Number of non-residential building jobs approved, by value range, original - New South Wales

    Table 61. Number of non-residential building jobs approved, by value range, original - Victoria

    Table 62. Number of non-residential building jobs approved, by value range, original - Queensland

    Table 63. Number of non-residential building jobs approved, by value range, original - South Australia

    Table 64. Number of non-residential building jobs approved, by value range, original - Western Australia

    Table 65. Number of non-residential building jobs approved, by value range, original - Tasmania

    Table 66. Number of non-residential building jobs approved, by value range, original - Northern Territory

    Table 67. Number of non-residential building jobs approved, by value range, original - Australian Capital Territory

    Table 68. Number of non-residential building jobs approved, by value range, original - Australia

    Table 69. Value of non-residential building approved, by value range, original - New South Wales

    Table 70. Value of non-residential building approved, by value range, original - Victoria

    Table 71. Value of non-residential building approved, by value range, original - Queensland

    Table 72. Value of non-residential building approved, by value range, original - South Australia

    Table 73. Value of non-residential building approved, by value range, original - Western Australia

    Table 74. Value of non-residential building approved, by value range, original - Tasmania

    Table 75. Value of non-residential building approved, by value range, original - Northern Territory

    Table 76. Value of non-residential building approved, by value range, original - Australian Capital Territory

    Table 77. Value of non-residential building approved, by value range, original - Australia

    Table 78. Value of building approved, chain volume measures - Australia

    Table 79. Value of building approved, chain volume measures, original - New South Wales

    Table 80. Value of building approved, chain volume measures, original - Victoria

    Table 81. Value of building approved, chain volume measures, original - Queensland

    Table 82. Value of building approved, chain volume measures, original - South Australia

    Table 83. Value of building approved, chain volume measures, original - Western Australia

    Table 84. Value of building approved, chain volume measures, original - Tasmania

    Table 85. Value of building approved, chain volume measures, original - Northern Territory

    Table 86. Value of building approved, chain volume measures, original - Australian Capital Territory

    All time series workbooks

    Data downloads - data cubes

    Building approvals: data items available by Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)

    NSW, SA2 Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    NSW, SA2 Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    NSW, LGA Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    NSW, LGA Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    Vic., SA2 Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    Vic., SA2 Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    Vic., LGA Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    Vic., LGA Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    Qld, SA2 Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    Qld, SA2 Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    Qld, LGA Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    Qld, LGA Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    SA, SA2 Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    SA, SA2 Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    SA, LGA Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    SA, LGA Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    WA, SA2 Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    WA, SA2 Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    WA, LGA Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    WA, LGA Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    Tas., SA2 Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    Tas., SA2 Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    Tas., LGA Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    Tas., LGA Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    NT, SA2 Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    NT, SA2 Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    NT, LGA Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    NT, LGA Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    ACT, SA2 Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    ACT, SA2 Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    ACT, LGA Excel datacube, 2018-2019

    ACT, LGA Excel datacube, 2019-2020 FYTD

    Building approvals: data cubes validation table

    Local government area: Australia, 2018-2019 (.CSV)

    Local government area: Australia, 2019-2020 FYTD (.CSV)

    Statistical area level 2: Australia, 2018-2019 (.CSV)

    Statistical area level 2: Australia, 2019-2020 FYTD (.CSV)

    History of changes

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    10/02/2020 - As advertised in the main release of this publication on 3 February, 2020, this additional information release contains the small area Excel data cubes and CSV files for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years.