Building Permits in Australia increased to -6.70 percent in June from -7.60 percent in May of 2021. source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Building Permits in Australia averaged 0.38 percent from 1983 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 31.70 percent in May of 2012 and a record low of -22.10 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 August of 2021.

Building Permits in Australia is expected to be 2.20 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. 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
-6.70 -7.60 31.70 -22.10 1983 - 2021 percent Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-06-09 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final Apr -8.6% 18.9% -8.6%
2021-07-05 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Prel May -7.1% -5.7% -5% -5.5%
2021-07-12 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final May -7.1% -5.7% -7.1% -7.1%
2021-08-03 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Prel Jun -6.7% -7.6% -4.5% -5.5%
2021-08-10 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final Jun -7.6% -6.7% -6.7%
2021-09-07 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final Jul


News Stream
Australia Building Permits Drop for 3rd Month
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia declined by 6.7 percent month-over-month to 18,911 units in June 2021, after a final 7.6 percent drop in the prior month, pointing to the third straight month of fall, a preliminary figure showed. Private sector houses tumbled 11.8 percent, following a 10.3 percent decline in May, due to the impact of the unwinding of stimulus measures. In contrast, private sector dwellings excluding houses were up 0.8 percent, after a 1.2 percent gain in the prior month. Among states and territories, building permits fell in Western Australia (-30.5 percent), Queensland (-18.4 percent), Tasmania (-14.9 percent) and New South Wales (-12.7 percent); while rose in Victoria (12.8 percent) and South Australia (8.6 percent).
2021-08-03
Australia Building Permits Fall for 2nd Month
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia declined by 7.1 percent month-over-month to 20,163 units in May 2021, unrevised from the preliminary figure and after a final 5.7 percent drop in the prior month, pointing to the second straight month of fall. Private sector houses fell 10.3 percent, coming off the back of the record high in April. In contrast, private sector dwellings excluding houses went up 1.2 percent after tumbling 24 percent in April. Among states and territories, building permits fell in Queensland (-13.1 percent), South Australia (-11.9 percent), New South Wales (-10.9 percent), and Western Australia (-8.7 percent). In contrast, dwelling approvals rose in Victoria (3.2 percent) and Tasmania (2.0 percent).
2021-07-12
Australia Building Permits Drop More than Expected
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia declined by 7.1 percent month-over-month to 20,163 units in May 2021, compared with market consensus of a 5.1 percent fall and after a final 5.7 percent drop in the prior month, pointing to the second straight month of fall, preliminary data showed. Private sector houses fell 10.3 percent, coming off the back of the record high in April. In contrast, private sector dwellings excluding houses went up 1.2 percent after tumbling 24 percent in April. Among states and territories, building permits fell in Queensland (-13.1 percent), South Australia (-11.9 percent), New South Wales (-10.9 percent), and Western Australia (-8.7 percent). In contrast, dwelling approvals rose in Victoria (3.2 percent) and Tasmania (2.0 percent).
2021-07-05
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 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.