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Building Approvals, Australia

Provides the number of dwelling units and value of building approved

Reference period
June 2020
Released
30/07/2020

Key statistics

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved fell 4.9%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses fell 5.7%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses fell 5.3%.

Main features

June key figures

  Jun 20
no.
May 20 to Jun 20
%
Jun 19 to Jun 20
%
TREND   
 Total dwelling units approved
na
na
na
 Private sector houses
na
na
na
 Private sector dwellings excluding houses
na
na
na
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED   
 Total dwelling units approved
12 213
-4.9
-15.8
 Private sector houses
8 070
-5.7
-7.0
 Private sector dwellings excluding houses
3 782
-5.3
-30.5
na not available
 
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June key points

Total dwelling units

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 4.9% in June.
     

Private sector houses

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses fell 5.7% in June.
     

Private sector dwellings excluding houses

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector dwellings excluding houses fell 5.3% in June.
     

Value of building approved

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building approved rose 7.3% in June. The value of non-residential building rose 17.8%, while the value of residential building rose 0.1%.
     

Data notes

In this release, revisions are provided for the time period from July 2018 to May 2020. 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 "Future releases" drop down list 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in June

The World Health Organisation (WHO) commenced daily situation reports of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on 21 January 2020 and identified it as an international health emergency on 30 January. In March, regulations to encourage social distancing saw further impacts on the ability of businesses to trade as normal, resulting in rising unemployment and reduced household income. Travel restrictions have reduced the number of overseas arrivals to near-zero, resulting in less housing demand from overseas migrants.

In June, the effects of COVID-19 on Building Approvals were mixed. For residential approvals, there was a broad-based fall in dwellings approved, across all housing types and States. In contrast, the value of alterations and additions to residential buildings rose sharply. Meanwhile, the value of non-residential building approved rose in June, but remains below the levels recorded in early 2020.

Data collection activities continued to be largely unaffected in the June 2020 reference period. The ABS appreciates the support of federal, state and local government in continuing to provide the data to compile this publication.

Suspension of trend series

The trend series attempts to measure underlying behaviour in building approval activity. In the short term, this measurement will be significantly affected by changes to regular patterns in approval activity during this time, as potential home builders face on-going uncertainty. If the trend estimates in this publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for this irregular event, they would likely provide a misleading view of underlying approval activity.

It may be some time before the underlying trend in building approvals can be accurately estimated. The Building Approvals monthly trend series have therefore been suspended starting from May 2020. The trend series will be reinstated when more certainty emerges in the underlying trend.

Update to seasonal adjustment methods

Building Approvals uses the concurrent seasonal adjustment method, meaning that seasonal factors are re-estimated each time a new data point becomes available. If not appropriately accounted for, unusual real-world events, such as COVID-19, can distort estimates calculated using this method. From May 2020, seasonal factors are being calculated using data up to and including April 2020, then projected from May 2020 onwards. This approach, known as the forward factor method, ensures that the seasonal factors are not distorted by COVID-19 impacts.

Revisions this month

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

Dwellings2018-192019-20
NSW
19
115
Vic.
-
92
Qld
1
89
SA
-1
-6
WA
-
-
Tas.
-
-
NT
-
-
ACT
-
-
Total
19
290

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The seasonally adjusted estimate for Australia fell 4.9% in June.

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The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses approved fell 5.7% in June.

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The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector dwelling units excluding houses fell 5.3% in June.

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The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of new residential building fell 1.6% in June.

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The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of alterations and additions to residential building rose 11.4% in June.

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The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of non-residential building approved rose 17.8% in June.

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.

Inquiries

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information that you provide to us.

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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

I-note

Information about Building Approvals data cubes

The files under the data cubes heading contain data for small geographic areas in Excel and CSV (contained within .zip files) formats. Excel files contain data for a financial year whereas CSV files contain data for individual months.

Please note that Building Approvals data are subject to revision. Data cubes are re-released each month including data for the latest month and revisions to data for previous months.

CSV files

Statistical Area 2s: Australia, Year are CSV files containing Statistical Area 2, Statistical Area 3, Statistical Area 4, Greater Capital City Statistical Area and State data for Australia for each month in the relevant year.

Classifications

State/TerritoriesStatistical Area (SA), State and Australia
Reference MonthMonthly (yyyy refers to the financial year)
Sector of OwnershipPrivate, Public, Total
Type of BuildingHouses, Other Residential, Residential, Non-residential, Non-house and Total building
Type of WorkNew, Alterations & additions (incl. conversions and refurbishments), Total work
Data ItemsValue of approval ($m), Number of dwelling units (no.)

Local Government Areas: State, Year are CSV files containing Local Government Area and State data for Australia for each month in the relevant year.

Classifications

Geographic ClassificationLocal Government Area (LGA), State and Australia
Reference MonthMonthly (yyyy refers to the financial year)
Sector of OwnershipPrivate, Public, Total
Type of BuildingHouses, Other residential, Residential, Non-residential, Total building
Type of WorkNew, Alterations & additions (incl. conversions and refurbishments), Total work
Data ItemsValue of approval ($000's), Number of dwelling units (no.), Selected value and dwelling ranges

Previous financial year Statistical Area 2 (SA2) SuperTABLE data cubes

For SA2 data cubes for financial years 2001-02 to 2010-11 see the January 2014 issue of Building Approvals, Australia (cat.no. 8731.0).

For SA2 data cubes for financial years 2011-12 to 2014-15 see the January 2017 issue of Building Approvals, Australia (cat.no. 8731.0).

For SA2 data cubes for financial year 2015-16 see the January 2019 issue of Building Approvals, Australia (cat.no. 8731.0).

Previous financial year Statistical Area 2 (SA2) CSV data cubes

For SA2 data cubes for financial years 2016-17 to 2017-18 see the January 2020 issue of Building Approvals, Australia (cat.no. 8731.0).

Excel spreadsheets

Statistical Area 2s: State, Year are Excel spreadsheets containing Statistical Area 2 data for that state/territory for the relevant year.

Information available

Geographic ClassificationStatistical Area 2 (SA2), Statistical Area 3 (SA3), Statistical Area 4 (SA4), Greater Capital City Statistical Area and State
Time periodTotal year, or year to date for the current financial year
Data itemsNew houses (number and value)
New other residential building (number and value)
Total dwellings (number)
Alterations and additions to residential buildings (value)
Total residential building (value)
Non-residential building (value)
Total building (value)

Local Government Areas: State, Year are Excel spreadsheets containing Local Government Area data for that state/territory for the relevant year.

Information available

Geographic ClassificationLocal Government Area (LGA) and State
Time periodTotal year, or year to date for the current financial year
Data itemsNew houses (number and value)
New other residential building (number and value)
Total dwellings (number)
Alterations and additions to residential buildings (value)
Total residential building (value)
Non-residential building (value)
Total building (value)

Volatility of Local Government Area and Statistical Area 2 data

Note that the estimates for small areas vary from month to month and caution should be used in drawing conclusions from monthly movements.

For further information

For any queries about the Building Approvals data, please contact the National Information and Referral Service 1300 135 070. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information that you provide to us.

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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06/08/2020 - As advertised in the main release of this publication on 30 July, 2020, this additional information release contains the small area Excel data cubes and CSV files for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years.