Building Approvals, Australia

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Provides the number of dwelling units and value of buildings approved

Reference period
September 2022
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2/11/2022
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Key statistics

The September 2022 seasonally adjusted estimate:

  • Total dwellings approved fell 5.8%.
  • Private sector houses approved fell 7.8%, while private sector dwellings excluding houses declined 1.8%.
  • The value of non-residential building rose 3.7%.
  • The value of total building fell 6.9%.

Dwellings approved

September key figures
 Sep 22 (no.)Monthly change (%)Yearly change (%)
Seasonally adjusted
 Total dwelling units approved16,455-5.8-13.0
 Private sector houses9,628-7.8-10.4
 Private sector dwellings excluding houses6,622-1.8-16.8
Trend
 Total dwelling units approved16,4341.9-7.0
 Private sector houses9,9830.2-8.9
 Private sector dwellings excluding houses6,1904.5-4.6
  1. Trend break added to 'Total dwelling units approved' trend series for February 2021

The seasonally adjusted estimate for the number of dwellings approved in Australia fell 5.8% in September, following a 23.1% increase in August.

The trend estimate for total dwellings approved rose 1.9% in September, following a 0.8% increase in August.

  1. Trend break added to 'Private sector houses' trend series for February 2021

The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector house approvals fell 7.8% in September, to 9,628, following a 4.8% increase in August. Private sector dwellings excluding houses approved fell 1.8%, to 6,622, following a 68.3% increase in August.

The trend estimate for private sector house approvals rose 0.2% in September, following a 0.2% rise in August. Private sector dwellings excluding houses rose 4.5%, following a 2.4% rise in August.

Seasonally adjusted summary, by state

The number of dwelling approvals fell in most states: South Australia (-19.7%), Tasmania (-10.8%), Western Australia (-9.3%), New South Wales (-8.8%), and Queensland (-6.2%), in seasonally adjusted terms.  Total dwelling approvals increased in Victoria (3.4%).

Approvals for private sector houses decreased in all states: Western Australia (-11.4%), Queensland (-8.6%), New South Wales (-7.9%), Victoria (-4.7%) and South Australia (-4.3%), in seasonally adjusted terms.

Dwellings approved, states and territories, seasonally adjusted
 Private sector housesPrivate sector housesTotal dwelling units approvedTotal dwelling units approved
(no.)Monthly change (%)(no.)Monthly change (%)
New South Wales2,317-7.95,445-8.8
Victoria3,130-4.75,2763.4
Queensland1,915-8.63,021-6.2
South Australia855-4.3947-19.7
Western Australia1,066-11.41,243-9.3
Tasmanianana240-10.8
Northern Territorynananana
Australian Capital Territorynananana
Australia9,628-7.816,455-5.8

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Trend summary, by state

The number of dwelling approvals increased in New South Wales (5.6%), Northern Territory (4.4%), Victoria (3.1%), Tasmania (0.4%), and South Australia (0.1%). Total dwelling approvals decreased in the Australian Capital Territory (-19.2%), Western Australia (-3.5%), and Queensland (-0.9%), in trend terms.

Approvals for private sector houses rose in South Australia (1.1%), Victoria (0.8%), and New South Wales (0.6.%). Western Australia (-1.7%) and Queensland (-0.8%) decreased, in trend terms.

Dwellings approved, states and territories, trend
 Private sector housesPrivate sector housesTotal dwelling units approvedTotal dwelling units approved
(no.)Monthly change (%)(no.)Monthly change (%)
New South Wales2,3600.65,3495.6
Victoria3,2110.84,9923.1
Queensland1,998-0.83,123-0.9
South Australia8861.11,0660.1
Western Australia1,124-1.71,329-3.5
Tasmanianana2640.4
Northern Territorynana714.4
Australian Capital Territorynana240-19.2
Australia9,9830.216,4341.9

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Value of building approved

Value of building approved, by building type
 Seasonally adjustedSeasonally adjustedTrendTrend
($m)Monthly change (%)($m)Monthly change (%)
New residential building6,576-14.06,8771.4
Alterations and additions to residential building1,032-2.91,0400.6
Total residential building7,608-12.77,9171.3
Non-residential building4,8713.74,634-0.8
Total building12,478-6.912,5510.5
  1. Trend break added to 'Total residential' trend series for September 2020 and February 2021.

Value of building approved, seasonally adjusted

The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total building approved fell 6.9% in September, following a 19.5% increase in August. The value of total residential building fell 12.7%, comprising of a 14.0% decrease in new residential building, and a 2.9% fall in alterations and additions.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of non-residential building rose 3.7%, following a 11.5% increase in August.

Value of building approved, trend

The trend estimate for the value of total building approved rose 0.5% in September, following a 0.5% rise in August. The value of total residential building increased 1.3%, comprised of a 1.4% increase in the value of new residential building and a 0.6% rise in the value of alterations and additions.

The trend estimate for the value of non-residential building fell 0.8% in September, following a 1.2% decrease in August.

Interactive map

Building approvals data can be viewed on an interactive map.

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Geographic areas

The boundaries used in this map are:

Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) and Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries according to the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3

 

Data downloads

Dwellings approved

Data files

Value of building approved

Data files

Non-residential building approved

Data files

Chain volume measures

Data files
Data files

Small area datacubes

Data items

Building Approvals: Data items available by Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)

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Validation table

Building Approvals: Data cube validation table

Small area approvals (.csv)

Statistical Area Level 2

Data files

Local Government Area

Data files

Demolition approvals (.csv)

Data files

Data Explorer datasets

Caution: Data in the Data Explorer is currently released after the 11:30am release on the ABS website. Please check the time period when using Data Explorer.

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 2016 onwards

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

Building Approvals by Local Government Area (LGA 2022) - Number and value of approvals, monthly, 2022/23
 

GeoPackages

Data files

Dwellings revised by state

In this release, revisions are provided for the time period from July 2021 to August 2022. Further information about potential sources of revisions can be found in the feature article released with the with the February 2016 Building Approvals publication - "Revisions to Building Approval Statistics".

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

Dwellings revised
  2021-222022-23
New South Wales197409
Victoria273
Queensland36288
South Australia03
Western Australia30
Tasmania--
Northern Territory--
Australian Capital Territory--
Total263703

Post release changes

09/11/2022 - As advertised in the ABS future releases calendar, this additional information release contains the small area excel data cubes and csv files for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 financial years. 

03/11/2022 - Time-series spreadsheets from 20 through to 29 have been updated. The initial spreadsheets contained 0 values for the 'Apartments - in a four or more storey block' series between July 1991 to June 2016. No other series are impacted.

 

Article archive

Previous feature articles

New houses being built on smaller blocks, April 2022

Small Area Dwelling Stock Removals, September 2021

National, state & territory level dwelling demolition approvals, June 2021

Residential Construction and the Finance Process, September 2020

Small area demolition approvals, August 2020

Australians building houses on smaller blocks, July 2020

Characteristics of apartment approvals, September 2019

Growth in approvals, December 2018

Change in composition of dwelling approvals, July 2016

Implementation of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard in ABS Building Approvals collection, April 2011

Average floor area of new residential dwellings, February 2010

Average quarterly completion times for new houses, July 2008

Changes in the mix of dwelling types, April 2008

Average floor area of new residential dwellings, February 2008

Are we building on smaller blocks?, July 2004

Focus on the South Australian Construction Industry, June 2004

Focus on the Tasmanian Construction Industry, June 2004

Focus on the Queensland Construction Industry, May 2004

Focus on the Victorian Construction Industry, April 2004

Engineering Construction, March 2004

Focus on the New South Wales Construction Industry, February 2004

Average floor area of new dwellings, December 2003

Work done on housing jobs each quarter, March 2003

Inner city development, December 2002

Functional classification of buildings, August 2002

Building activity in Sydney and Melbourne, July 2002

Changes in the mix of dwelling types, May 2002

Construction Industry information, April 2002

Average value of new houses, March 2002

Largest and fastest growing areas in Australia, November 2001

Functional classification of buildings, August 2001

Average floor area of new dwellings, July 2001

Identifying growth areas, May 2001

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

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8731.0.

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