The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia declined by 8.6 percent month-over-month to 17,601 units in July 2021, unrevised from the preliminary data and after a final 5.5 percent drop in the prior month. This was the fourth straight month of decrease in building permits and the steepest pace in the sequence, amid declines in both private sector houses (-5.8 percent vs -10 percent in June) and private sector dwellings excluding houses (-12.3 percent vs -1.5 percent). Among states and territories, building permits fell in South Australia (-17.9 percent), Tasmania (-15.3 percent), Western Australia (-11.3 percent), Victoria (-11.0 percent), and New South Wales (-9.9 percent). In contrast, dwelling approvals rose in Queensland (9.0 percent). source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Building Permits in Australia averaged 0.36 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 September of 2021.

Building Permits in Australia is expected to be -12.00 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
-8.60 -5.50 31.70 -22.10 1983 - 2021 percent Monthly
Volume, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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 -6.7% -7.6% -6.7% -6.7%
2021-08-31 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Prel Jul -8.6% -5.5% -5% -4.5%
2021-09-07 01:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final Jul -8.6% -5.5% -8.6% -8.6%
2021-10-08 12:30 AM Building Permits MoM Final Aug -8.6%


News Stream
Australia Building Permits Drop the Most in 4 Months
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia declined by 8.6 percent month-over-month to 17,601 units in July 2021, unrevised from the preliminary data and after a final 5.5 percent drop in the prior month. This was the fourth straight month of decrease in building permits and the steepest pace in the sequence, amid declines in both private sector houses (-5.8 percent vs -10 percent in June) and private sector dwellings excluding houses (-12.3 percent vs -1.5 percent). Among states and territories, building permits fell in South Australia (-17.9 percent), Tasmania (-15.3 percent), Western Australia (-11.3 percent), Victoria (-11.0 percent), and New South Wales (-9.9 percent). In contrast, dwelling approvals rose in Queensland (9.0 percent).
2021-09-07
Australia Building Permits Drop the Most in 4 Months
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved in Australia declined by 8.6 percent month-over-month to 17,601 units in July 2021, after a downwardly revised 5.5 percent drop in the prior month and compared with market forecasts of a 5.0 percent fall, a preliminary reading showed. This was the fourth straight month of decrease in building permits and the steepest pace in the sequence, amid declines in both private sector houses (-5.8 percent vs -10 percent in June) and private sector dwellings excluding houses (-12.3 percent vs -1.5 percent). Among states and territories, building permits fell in South Australia (-17.9 percent), Tasmania (-15.3 percent), Western Australia (-11.3 percent), Victoria (-11.0 percent), and New South Wales (-9.9 percent). In contrast, dwelling approvals rose in Queensland (9.0 percent).
2021-08-31
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, unrevised from the preliminary figure and after a final 7.6 percent drop in the prior month, pointing to the third straight month of fall. Private sector houses fell 11.8 percent, following a 10.3% fall in May and after reaching a record high of 20.9 percent jump in April. In contrast, private sector dwellings excluding houses went up 0.8 percent after gaining 1.2 percent in May. 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 both Victoria (12.8 percent) and South Australia (8.6 percent).
2021-08-10
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 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.