The number of dwelling approvals in the country decreased by 1.5 % in May 2018, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported on Tuesday.
"Dwelling approvals have weakened in May, driven by a 2.6 % fall in private dwellings excluding houses," said Justin Lokhorst, Director of Construction Statistics at the ABS.
Dwellings approved for private sector houses dropped 0.5%, led by Queensland (1.7%), Western Australia (0.6%), South Australia (0.4%) and New South Wales (0.2 %). Victoria’s private sector house approvals, meanwhile, were flat.
After dropping by 4.2%, Queensland led the states and territories with the highest rate of fallen dwelling approvals. Victoria came next, down 2.7%, followed by Tasmania (2.0%), and Western Australia (0.8%).
The following states, on the other hand, surged the most; South Australia (4.3%), Northern Territory (2.8 %), and Australian Capital Territory (1.5%).
Lastly, the value of total building approvals dipped 0.7%, marking seven months of decline. The value of residential buildings was down 0.8%, while non-residential building fell 0.4%.
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