2011 housing down by almost 10pc

ABS figures released today confirm a very weak quarter for new housing in December 2011. New residential building work fell by 1.7 per cent in the December 2011 quarter to be down by 7.7 per cent when compared to the year before.  Meanwhile, the value of major alterations and additions work done, which accounts for around 20 per cent of total renovations activity, fell by 2.1 per cent over the quarter. The overall value of work done in total over the 2011 calendar year was down by almost 10 per cent.

Things are just getting worse for both new housing and major alterations and additions activity.  In the December 2011 quarter, seasonally adjusted residential building work done fell for a third consecutive period, declining by 1.8 per cent to an annualised level of $44.5 billion.

The situation is very clear – interest rates are too high, the short term focus on a return to budget surplus badly timed, and housing policy reform