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Building Approvals, Australia

Provides the number of dwelling units and value of buildings approved

Reference period
October 2021
Released
30/11/2021
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Key statistics

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 12.9% in October.
  • Private sector houses rose 4.3%, while private sector dwellings excluding houses fell 37.5%. 
  • The value of non-residential building approved fell 20.9%. 

Dwellings approved

October key figures, seasonally adjusted
 Oct-21Monthly changeYearly change
 no.%%
Total dwelling units approved15,911-12.9-8.1
Private sector houses10,7994.3-3.7
Private sector dwellings excluding houses4,821-37.5-16.5

The number of dwellings approved in Australia fell 12.9% in October, in seasonally adjusted terms. This follows a 3.9% decline in September.

Private sector house approvals rose 4.3% in October, to 10,799, following a 14.8% fall in September. Private sector dwellings excluding houses fell 37.5%, driven by a large fall in apartment approvals in October.

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 Wales23930.74327-29.4
Victoria36216.45374-2.0
Queensland21183.330382.2
South Australia856-3.3992-8.1
Western Australia145116.31575-2.7
Tasmanianana213-1.8
Northern Territorynananana
Australian Capital Territorynananana
Australia107994.315911-12.9

 

By state, the number of dwelling approvals fell in New South Wales (-29.4%), South Australia (-8.1%), Western Australia (-2.7%), Victoria (-2.0%) and Tasmania (-1.8%). Queensland rose (2.2%), in seasonally adjusted terms.

Approvals for private sector houses rose in Western Australia (16.3%), Victoria (6.4%), Queensland (3.3%) and New South Wales (0.7%). South Australia fell (-3.3%),  in seasonally adjusted terms.

Value of building approved

Value of building approved, by building type, seasonally adjusted
 $mMonthly % change
New residential building5479.3-13.5
Alterations and additions to residential building963.32.6
Total residential building6442.5-11.4
Non-residential building3669.5-20.9
Total building10112.1-15.1

 

The value of total building approved fell 15.1% in October, in seasonally adjusted terms. The value of non-residential building fell 20.9%, having fallen 10.4% in September.

The value of total residential building fell 11.4%, comprising a 13.5% decrease in new residential building, and a 2.6% rise in alterations and additions.

Data downloads

We will be progressively transitioning to releasing Excel files in .XLSX format from 3rd December 2021.

Time series spreadsheets

Data files

Datacubes

Series ID concordance

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

ABS.Stat datasets

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

Help for: ABS.Stat Datasets

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

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

Data notes

This publication provides the number of dwelling units and value of buildings approved released in Building Approvals, Australia on 30 November 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.

New base year for chain volume estimates

A new base year, 2019-20, has been introduced into the chain volume estimates which has resulted in revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. The chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2019-20, thereby preserving additivity in the quarters after the reference year. Re-referencing affects the levels of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates. 

Revisions this month

In this release, revisions are provided for the time period from July 2020 to September 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
Dwellings2020-212021-22
New South Wales4214
Victoria-18-41
Queensland13250
South Australia-32115
Western Australia2381
Tasmania--
Northern Territory--
Australian Capital Territory--
Total-261319

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8731.0.

Article archive

Previous feature articles

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.