The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia fell 8.6 percent month-over-month to 21,482 units in April 2021, unrevised from the preliminary reading and after a final 18.9 percent jump a month earlier. Private sector dwellings excluding houses decreased 28.6 percent, driven by a large fall in approved apartment developments in Victoria. Meantime, the number of private sector house approvals rose 4.6 percent, reaching a new record high. Total dwelling approvals fell in Victoria (-23.5 percent), Queensland (-14.3 percent), and Tasmania (-2.5 percent). By contrast, building permits rose in New South Wales (12.3 percent), Western Australia (5.5 percent), and South Australia (3.4 percent). source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Building Permits in Australia averaged 0.42 percent from 1983 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 31.60 percent in May of 2012 and a record low of -22 percent in December of 2017. This page provides the latest reported value for - Australia Building Permits - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Australia Dwelling Approvals - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2021.

Building Permits in Australia is expected to be 6.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Building Permits in Australia to stand at 2.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Australia Dwelling Approvals is projected to trend around 3.00 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Australia Dwelling Approvals

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-8.60 18.90 31.60 -22.00 1983 - 2021 percent Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-05-05 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Prel Mar 17.4% 20.1% 3% 2%
2021-05-12 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final Mar 17.4% 20.1% 17.4% 17.4%
2021-06-01 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Prel Apr -8.6% 18.9% -10% -6.5%
2021-06-09 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final Apr -8.6% 18.9% -8.6%
2021-07-12 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final May -8.6%
2021-08-10 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final Jun
2021-09-07 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final Jul


News Stream
Australia Building Approvals Drop 8.6% in April
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia fell 8.6 percent month-over-month to 21,482 units in April 2021, unrevised from the preliminary reading and after a final 18.9 percent jump a month earlier. Private sector dwellings excluding houses decreased 28.6 percent, driven by a large fall in approved apartment developments in Victoria. Meantime, the number of private sector house approvals rose 4.6 percent, reaching a new record high. Total dwelling approvals fell in Victoria (-23.5 percent), Queensland (-14.3 percent), and Tasmania (-2.5 percent). By contrast, building permits rose in New South Wales (12.3 percent), Western Australia (5.5 percent), and South Australia (3.4 percent).
2021-06-09
Australia Building Permits Drop Less than Estimated
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia fell 8.6 percent month-over-month to 21,482 units in April 2021, compared with market consensus of a 10 percent drop and after a final 18.9 percent jump a month earlier, a preliminary reading showed. The decline was mainly driven by private sector dwellings excluding houses, which fell 28.6 percent. Meantime, the number of private sector house approvals grew by 4.6 percent, despite the end of the HomeBuilder grant on April 14th. Total dwelling approvals fell in Victoria (-23.5 percent), Queensland (-14.3 percent), and Tasmania (-2.5 percent). By contrast, building permits rose in New South Wales (12.3 percent), Western Australia (5.5 percent), and South Australia (3.4 percent).
2021-06-01
Australia Building Permits Hit Second Highest on Record
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia rose 17.4 percent month-over-month to the second-highest on record of 23,176 units in March 2021, unrevised from the preliminary reading and after a 20.1 percent gain a month earlier. Private sector dwellings excluding houses drove the increase, rising 63.6%; while the number of private sector house approvals remained at elevated levels due to HomeBuilder, edging up 0.1% to a new record high. Total dwelling approvals rose in New South Wales (26.9 percent), Victoria (24.7 percent), Queensland (12.1 percent), and South Australia (3.5 percent). In contrast, dwelling approvals fell both in Western Australia (-6.4 percent) and Tasmania (-4.8 percent).
2021-05-12
Australia Building Permits Rise More than Expected
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia rose 17.4 percent month-over-month to the second-highest on record of 23,176 units in March 2021, far above market estimates of a 3 percent rise and after a downwardly revised 20.1 percent gain a month earlier, preliminary data showed. Private sector dwellings excluding houses drove the increase, rising 63.6%; while the number of private sector house approvals remained at elevated levels due to HomeBuilder, edging up 0.1% to a new record high. Total dwelling approvals rose in New South Wales (26.9 percent), Victoria (24.7 percent), Queensland (12.1 percent), and South Australia (3.5 percent). In contrast, dwelling approvals fell both in Western Australia (-6.4 percent) and Tasmania (-4.8 percent).
2021-05-05

Australia Dwelling Approvals
In Australia, Building Permits show the monthly change in the number of total dwelling units approved, including building activity carried out on existing buildings.