A residential building is a building consisting of one or more dwelling units. Residential buildings can be either houses or other residential buildings.
Statistics of building work approved are compiled from: permits issued by local government authorities; contracts let or day labour work authorised by Commonwealth, State, semi-government and local government authorities; major building activity in areas not subject to normal administrative approval e.g. building on remote mine sites.
The scope of the survey comprises 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
From July 1990, the statistics include: all approved new residential building valued at $10,000 or more, approved alterations and additions to residential building valued at $10,000 or more, all approved non-residential building jobs valued at $50,000 or more.