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Construction Activity: Chain Volume Measures, Australia

Measure of activity within the building and construction sector, and Implicit Price Deflators, including original and seasonally adjusted data

Reference period
December Quarter 2019

Main features

December key figures

  Dec qtr 19
$m
Sep qtr 19 to Dec qtr 19
% change
Dec qtr 18 to Dec qtr 19
% change
                   Seasonally adjusted estimates (a)
Value of work done   
 Building
28 900.5
-4.7
-7.3
 Residential
17 404.6
-5.4
-13.4
 Non-residential
11 495.9
-3.6
3.7
 Engineering
20 848.8
-1.5
-7.9
 Total construction49 749.3-3.4-7.5
a. Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2017-18.

Data downloads

These spreadsheets contain revised data for some of the chain volume measures series released in Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 8755.0). This data is sourced from, and more comprehensive results are available in Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) and Engineering Construction Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8762.0). The notes below relate to these two publications.

Building activity, Australia, September 2019 (cat. no. 8752.0)

Data note

Several time series spreadsheets contain 'np' (not available for publication) annotations from the September quarter 2012 onwards. This is due to confidential data being contained in these series.

Engineering construction activity, Australia, September 2019 (cat. no. 8762.0)

Data note

This release includes revisions to Engineering Construction data back to June 2019.

Several time series spreadsheets for recent quarters contain 'np' (not available for publication) annotations. This is due to confidential data being contained in these series.

Trend estimates should be used with caution due to the volatility caused by large engineering projects. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 22 to 24 of the explanatory notes.

Mining projects tend to be complex in structure and comprise a number of different investment activities including exploration, engineering construction, plant and equipment and buildings. A feature article released in the March 2012 issue of Private New Capital Expenditure and Expected Expenditure, Australia (cat. no. 5625.0) provides a summary of the conceptual basis of the relevant ABS publications that measure investment in Australia, using a hypothetical mining project to illustrate how this investment is reflected in ABS data.

Table 01. Value of construction work done, for sector, Australia, chain volume measures, seasonally adjusted

Table 02. Value of construction work done, for sector, Australia, chain volume measures, original

Table 03. Implicit price deflators - Australia (2017/18 = 100.0)

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