Unit approvals at an eight-year monthly low

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THE building approval figure for apartments and units over May is the lowest since 2012, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday (July 1). 

Only nine unit and apartment dwellings were approved in May, the lowest monthly approval rate in eight years, the figures show.

Master Builders ACT CEO Michael Hopkins says: “Unit and apartment approvals have declined 98.9 per cent since April and represent a 23.5 per cent decline since the same quarter last year.”

“These statistics will be sobering reading for the close to 20,000 people working in the ACT construction industry, as many are looking for more support from the ACT government to provide a forward pipeline of work to secure their continued employment,” Mr Hopkins says.

“While the sharp decline in building approvals will impact construction jobs, it will also impact future ACT government revenue. Around 50 per cent of the territory’s taxes and charges come from the property and construction industry, so a decline in unit and apartment approvals means less jobs for Canberra’s construction sector and less revenue for the ACT government.”

“Hundreds of dwellings are currently in the planning system awaiting a policy change or development approval from the ACT government.”

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  1. Bit of a beat-up, it is a highly volatile data series. April was the 6th highest month ever.

    Don’t know where the Master Builders is pulling “a 23.5 per cent decline since the same quarter last year” from. Three months to May 2019 had 1171 approvals, the same period this year 1039, looks more like a 11.3% decline. Being a volatile series six months to May 2020 up 23.9% on the same period a year earlier.

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