Australia - Residential Building Permits

Australia: Residential Building Permits

Unit #, SA
Adjustments Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 16.42 %
Data May 2020 12,736
Apr 2020 15,239

Series Information

Source Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Release Residential Building Approvals
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 7/31/1983
End Date 5/31/2020

Australia: Real Estate

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Residential Building Permits May 2020 12,736 15,239 #, SA Monthly
Building Completions 2020 Q1 28,924,247 29,214,093 Ths. Ch. AUD, SA Quarterly
House Price Index 2020 Q1 150.76 146.47 2011-2012=100 Index, SA Quarterly
House Price Value 2020 Q1 551,505 540,217 AUD, NSA Quarterly
Non-residential Building Completions 2020 Q1 11,677,330 11,679,581 Ths. Ch. AUD, SA Quarterly
Residential Building Completions 2020 Q1 14,945,022 15,269,931 Ths. Ch. AUD, SA Quarterly
Housing Starts 2019 Q4 24,931 24,934 #, SA Quarterly
Residential Housing Starts 2019 Q4 16,194 15,640 #, SA Quarterly

Release Information

In Australia, the Residential Building Approval statistics are compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

This publication provides the number and value of dwelling units approved by sector (public/private) and by state, number and value of new other residential dwelling units approved by type of building, and the number and value of non-residential building jobs approved by type of building (i.e. by function such as 'retail and wholesale trade', 'offices') and value ranges.

Data is updated every month.

Statistics of building work approved are compiled from:

  • permits issued by local government authorities and other principal certifying authorities
  • contracts let or day labour work authorised by commonwealth, state, semi-government and local government authorities
  • major building approvals in areas not subject to normal administrative approval e.g. building on remote mine sites.

The scope of the survey comprises the following:

  • construction of new buildings
  • alterations and additions to existing buildings
  • approved non-structural renovation and refurbishment work
  • approved installation of integral building fixtures

Data is revised when new data becoms available each month.

The national and states level data may have discrepancies due to the seasonally adjustment process by the ABS. The estimate of the states data were seasonally adjusted separately. The national total is then seasonally adjusted at the national level.