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Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary

This publication presents preliminary statistics for the value of construction work done in Australia

Reference period
September Quarter 2019
Released
27/11/2019

Key statistics

  • Trend estimate for total construction fell 1.6% in the Sep Qtr 2019.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction fell 0.4% in the Sep Qtr 2019.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimate for Building work done fell 0.5% in the Sep Qtr 2019.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimate for Engineering work done fell 0.2% in the Sep Qtr 2019.

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September key figures

  Sep qtr 19Jun qtr 19 to Sep qtr 19Sep qtr 18 to Sep qtr 19
  $m% change% change
Trend estimates(a)
Value of work done   
 Building
29 661.3
-1.8
-5.5
 Residential
18 334.8
-3.0
-10.1
 Non-residential
11 322.5
0.2
3.0
 Engineering
20 970.3
-1.1
-11.4
 Total construction
50 604.5
-1.6
-8.1
Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)
Value of work done   
 Building
29 703.6
-0.5
-5.1
 Residential
18 268.5
-3.1
-10.6
 Non-residential
11 435.1
4.0
5.3
 Engineering
21 146.2
-0.2
-9.6
 Total construction
50 849.7
-0.4
-7.0
a. Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2017-18.
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September key points

Value of work done, chain volume measures

Total construction

  • The trend estimate for total construction work done fell 1.6% in the September quarter 2019. 
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done fell 0.4% to $50,849.7m in the September quarter.
     

Building work done

  • The trend estimate for total building work done fell 1.8% in the September quarter 2019. 
  • The trend estimate for non-residential building work done rose 0.2% and residential building work fell 3.0%. 
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of total building work done fell 0.5% to $29,703.6m in the September quarter.
     

Engineering work done

  • The trend estimate for engineering work done fell 1.1% in the September quarter. 
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for engineering work done fell 0.2% to $21,146.2m in the September quarter.

Construction work done, chain volume measures

Trend percentage change

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The trend estimate for total construction work done fell 1.6% this quarter and has fallen for five quarters.

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The trend estimate for engineering construction work done fell 1.1% this quarter and has fallen for six quarters.

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The trend estimate for total building work done fell 1.8% this quarter and has fallen for four quarters.

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The trend estimate for residential building work done fell 3.0% this quarter and has fallen for four quarters.

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The trend estimate for non-residential building work done rose 0.2% this quarter and has risen for five quarters.

Construction work done, states and territories

Chain volume measures - trend estimates

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Construction work done in New South Wales has fallen for four quarters.

Construction work done in Victoria has fallen for four quarters.

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Construction work done in Queensland has fallen for six quarters.

Construction work done in Western Australia has fallen for eight quarters.

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Construction work done in South Australia has fallen for five quarters.

Construction work done in the Northern Territory has fallen for eight quarters.

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Construction work done in Tasmania has risen for seven quarters.

Construction work done in the Australian Capital Territory has fallen for four quarters.

Data notes

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 24 to 26 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.

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Table 01. Value of construction work done, by sector, chain volume measures, Australia

Table 02. Value of construction work done, by sector, current prices, Australia

Table 03. Value of building work done, by sector, chain volume measures, Australia

Table 04. Value of building work done, chain volume measures, states and territories, original

Table 05. Value of building work done, chain volume measures, states and territories, seasonally adjusted

Table 06. Value of building work done, by sector, current prices, Australia

Table 07. Value of building work done, by sector, current prices, states and territories, original

Table 08. Value of construction work done, chain volume measures, states and territories

Table 09. Value of construction work done, current prices, states and territories, original

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Relative standard errors, building work done—Australia

Relative standard errors, building work done—states and territories

Relative standard errors, total construction work done—states and territories