The South West has the highest building and construction value in regional Western Australia.

In 2019/20, the total value of building approvals in the South West was $537.2 million in 2019/20, representing a decrease of 17.1 per cent from the previous year of $648.4 million.

Residential approvals were valued at $376.1 million while non-residential approvals were valued at $161.1 million.

For the first four months of the current financial year up until October 2020, the total value of building approvals was $224.1 million. This represents an increased level of activity compared to the same time last year, indicating recently introduced government stimulus packages are having an impact on building activity.

New dwellings

In 2019/20, the majority of new dwellings were built in the shires of Busselton (375), Augusta Margaret River (180) and Harvey (146).