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June 2021
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Key statistics

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 6.7% in June.
  • Private sector houses fell 11.8%, while private sector dwellings excluding houses rose 0.8%.
  • The value of non-residential building approved fell 3.0%. 

Dwellings approved

June key figures
  Jun-21Monthly changeYearly change
Seasonally adjusted
 Total dwelling units approved18,911 -6.748.9
 Private sector houses12,037 -11.844.3
 Private sector dwellings excluding houses6,4400.863.7

The number of dwellings approved in Australia fell 6.7% in June, in seasonally adjusted terms. This follows a 7.6% decrease in May.

Private sector house approvals fell 11.8% in June, to 12,037, following a 10.3% fall in May, after reaching a record high In April. Private sector dwellings excluding houses increased 0.8% in June.

Dwellings approved, states and territories
Seasonally adjusted
Private sector housesPrivate sector housesTotal dwelling units approvedTotal dwelling units approved
no.Monthly % changeno.Monthly % change
New South Wales2482-14.55169-12.7
South Australia123414.814148.6
Western Australia1595-21.11847-30.5
Northern Territorynananana
Australian Capital Territorynananana

By state, the number of dwelling approvals fell in Western Australia (-30.5%), Queensland (-18.4%), Tasmania (-14.9%) and New South Wales (-12.7%). Dwelling approvals rose in Victoria (12.8%) and South Australia (8.6%), in seasonally adjusted terms.

Approvals for private sector houses fell in Queensland (-25.2%), Western Australia (-21.1%), New South Wales (-14.5%) and Victoria (-2.3%). Private house approvals in South Australia rose 14.8%, in seasonally adjusted terms.

Value of building approved

Value of building approved, by building type
Seasonally adjusted
$mMonthly % change
New residential building6734.4-2.9
Alterations and additions to residential building983.32.0
Total residential building7717.7-2.3
Non-residential building4933.7-3.0
Total building12651.4-2.6

The value of total building fell 2.6% (to $12.65b), in seasonally adjusted terms. The value of total residential building fell 2.3% (to $7.72b), comprising a 2.9% fall in new residential building and a 2.0% rise in residential alterations and additions.

The value of non-residential building fell 3.0% (to $4.93b), following a 27.3% rise in May, in seasonally adjusted terms.

Financial year analysis

Total dwelling approvals in the 2020-21 financial year were 27.3% higher than in the 2019-20 financial year, in seasonally adjusted terms. This was driven by private sector house approvals which were 42.8% higher in 2020-21 than 2019-20. Public sector dwellings also showed a large rise, up 41.3% in 2020-21 from 2019-20.

By state, dwelling approvals increased in 2020-21 compared to 2019-20, in Western Australia (88.7%), Queensland (36.7%), Tasmania (33.9%), South Australia (24.2%), New South Wales (23.6%) and Victoria (13.0%), in seasonally adjusted terms.

Private sector house approvals more than doubled in Western Australia in 2020-21 from 2019-20, up 107.4%. Large increases were also recorded in South Australia (55.1%), Queensland (43.5%), Victoria (31.9%) and New South Wales (26.4%), in seasonally adjusted terms.

  2019-202020-212019-20 to 2020-21
Seasonally adjusted    
Total dwellings
 New South Wales48,06559,39923.6
 South Australia11,68714,51424.2
 Western Australia14,24126,86688.7
 Northern Territorynanana
 Australian Capital Territorynanana
Private sector houses
 New South Wales23,97830,30026.4
 South Australia7,83812,15455.1
 Western Australia10,86322,527107.4
 Northern Territorynanana
 Australian Capital Territorynanana

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Series ID Concordance

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


Data notes

This publication provides the number of dwelling units and value of buildings approved released in Building Approvals, Australia on 3 August 2021.

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 2019 to May 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 2019-202020-21
New South Wales147
South Australia-2274
Western Australia-35
Northern Territory--
Australian Capital Territory-167


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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8731.0.

Article archive

Previous feature articles

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.