Definition: The Building approvals data relates to the number and value of residential and non-residential building approvals, from information provided by approving authorities. Statistics of building work approved are compiled from:

  • permits issued by local government authorities and other principal certifying authorities;
  • contracts let or day labour work authorised by commonwealth, state, semi-government and local government authorities; and
  • major building approvals in areas not subject to normal administrative approval e.g. building on remote mine sites.
The data above is sourced from the ABS’ monthly Building Approvals (BAPS) collection which consists of data relating to residential and non-residential building work above certain value limits that have been approved within the reference month. It includes building approvals that are comprised of the following activities:
  • construction of new buildings
  • alterations and additions to existing buildings
  • approved non-structural renovation and refurbishment work
  • approved installation of integral building fixtures.
Residential Buildings: contain one or more dwellings, intended for the provision of long term accommodation. Examples include: detached houses, townhouses, flats, cottages and weekenders. Ancillary outbuildings not containing dwellings built to existing residential buildings, such as garden sheds, gazebos and free standing garages, are treated as residential buildings.

Non-Residential Buildings: where significant non-residential functions are contained in a building, such as shops, hotel/motel rooms, or offices, the building is classified as non-residential. This may, for example, occur where a dwelling is attached to, or enclosed within, a non-residential building


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Building Approvals, Cat. 8731.0. (2016-17 data was released 9 August 2017, 2017-18 data is expected to be available in August 2018).