Approvals of new houses and apartments rose in March, pushed by a near-18 per cent jump in apartment approvals in Queensland, even as approvals in the larger NSW and Victorian markets fell back.
The number of new apartments, townhouses and semi-detached dwellings rose to a seasonally adjusted 2072 in Queensland during March from 1762 a month earlier.
The figures helped push up the total number of so-called multi-residential unit approvals by 5.3 per cent from February to 9767. This was a larger number than the 9651 detached dwellings approved nationally.
Total approvals rose 2.8 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms to 19419 from 18882.
In NSW, total new approvals fell 3.6 per cent to 5498 in March, as apartment approvals dipped to 3355 from 3564. Victoria underwent a 6 per cent decline to 5942 new dwelling approvals from 6318. Apartment approvals dropped 13.7 per cent to 2958 from 3428.