Building Approvals, Australia

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Provides the number of dwelling units and value of buildings approved

Reference period
December 2021

Key statistics

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved rose 8.2%.
  • Private sector houses fell 1.8%, while private sector dwellings excluding houses increased 27.5%. 
  • The value of non-residential building approved fell 16.3%. 

Dwellings approved

December key figures, seasonally adjusted
 Dec-21Monthly changeYearly change
Total dwelling units approved17,6988.2-7.5
Private sector houses10,444-1.8-21.3
Private sector dwellings excluding houses7,00827.524.5

The number of dwellings approved in Australia rose 8.2% in December, in seasonally adjusted terms. This follows a 2.6% rise in November.

Private sector house approvals fell 1.8% in December, to 10,444, following a 1.6% decline in November. Private sector dwellings excluding houses rose 27.5%, following a 13.4% rise in November.

Dwellings approved, states and territories, seasonally adjusted
 Private sector housesPrivate sector housesTotal dwelling unit approvalsTotal dwelling unit approvals
no.Monthly % changeno.Monthly % change
New South Wales2,368-7.94,91732.1
South Australia865-7.11,158-0.3
Western Australia1,3130.81,459-7.7
Northern Territorynananana
Australian Capital Territorynananana


By state, the number of dwelling approvals rose in New South Wales (32.1%) and Victoria (2.5%). Dwelling approvals fell in Queensland (-14.8%), Western Australia (-7.7%), Tasmania (-7.4%), and South Australia (-0.3%), in seasonally adjusted terms.

Approvals for private sector houses rose in Western Australia (0.8%), but fell in all other mainland states: New South Wales (-7.9%), South Australia (-7.1%), Victoria (-1.5%) and Queensland (-0.7%), in seasonally adjusted terms.

Value of building approved

Value of building approved, by building type, seasonally adjusted
 $mMonthly % change
New residential building6,409.28.3
Alterations and additions to residential building1,0505.2
Total residential building7,459.27.8
Non-residential building4,044.6-16.3
Total building11,503.8-2.1


The value of total building approved fell 2.1% in December, in seasonally adjusted terms. The decrease was driven by a fall in the value of non-residential building approved (-16.3%), following a 27.8% rise in November.

The value of total residential building rose 7.8%, comprised of an 8.3% increase in the value of new residential building, and a 5.2% rise in the value of alterations and additions.

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How to use

Data downloads

Time series spreadsheets

Data files


Private residential alterations and additions, July 2016 - December 2021 - States and Territories

Small area datacubes

Data files


Data Explorer datasets

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Help for: Data Explorer Datasets

Building Approvals by Greater Capital Cities Statistical Area (GCCSA) and above - Number and value of approvals, monthly, July 2001 onwards

Building Approvals by Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) and above - Number and value of approvals, monthly, July 2011 onwards

Building Approvals by Local Government Area (LGA 2020) - Number and value of approvals, monthly, 2020/21

Building Approvals by Local Government Area (LGA 2021) - Number and value of approvals, monthly, 2021/22


Data files

Data notes

This publication provides the number of dwelling units and value of buildings approved released in Building Approvals, Australia on 3 February 2022.

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 Areas Level 2 and Local Government Areas. Release dates are published under the “Forthcoming Issues” section of the publication and in the ABS Release Calendar.

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

Revisions this month

In this release, revisions are provided for the time period from July 2020 to November 2021. Further information about potential sources of revisions can be found in the feature article released with the January 2016 Building Approvals publication - "Revisions to Building Approval Statistics".

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

 Financial year
Dwellings revised by State2020-212021-22
New South Wales10253
South Australia-1414
Western Australia510
Northern Territory--
Australian Capital Territory--


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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8731.0.

Post release changes

10/02/2022 - As advertised in the main release of this publication on 3 February 2022, this additional information release contains the small area Excel datacubes and CSV files for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years. 

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