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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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Contents >> Construction >> Price indexes for construction

Output of the building industry

The price index of the output of the building industry rose by 1.5% in 2000-01 (table 20.17). The growth in the index was lower than in the two preceding years, which may be attributed to a lower level of demand following the introduction of the GST. As the index is compiled using basic prices (prior to the imposition of indirect taxes on products and any transport and trade margins) the price movements exclude the impact of the GST.


20.17 PRICE INDEX OF THE OUTPUT OF THE BUILDING INDUSTRY(a)

Financial year
Index no.
Change
%

1997-98
97.0
n.a.
1998-99
100.0
3.1
1999-2000
104.9
4.9
2000-01
106.5
1.5

(a) Reference base: 1998-99 = 100.0.

Source: Producer Price Indexes, Australia (6427.0).

The two price indexes below measure the changes in prices of selected materials used in the construction of buildings.


Price index of materials used in house building

The all groups index (a weighted average of the six State capital cities) rose by 1.6 index points in 2000-01. This follows a rise of 3.3 index points in 1999-2000. Table 20.18 shows that, except for Brisbane (showing a fall of 0.2 index points), there were rises in all capital cities, with Melbourne the largest (by 3.2 index points).


20.18 PRICE INDEX OF MATERIALS USED IN HOUSE BUILDING, Six State Capital Cities(a)(b)

Financial year
Weighted average of six State capital cities
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Hobart

1994-95
115.4
115.0
115.9
115.9
118.8
112.7
117.3
1995-96
115.7
115.9
115.4
115.1
118.2
114.8
120.7
1996-97
116.1
116.3
115.3
115.3
120.6
115.3
120.1
1997-98
118.2
119.7
117.1
117.1
123.3
115.9
121.0
1998-99
119.5
121.6
118.0
118.2
125.0
116.1
122.2
1999-2000
122.8
126.8
121.7
120.8
127.2
117.7
123.8
2000-01
124.4
130.0
123.1
120.6
129.6
118.8
126.0

(a) Reference base year 1989–90 = 100.0.
(b) The separate city indexes measure price movement within each city individually. They do not compare price levels between cities.

Source: Producer Price Indexes, Australia (6427.0)


Price index of materials used in building other than house building

Only small upwards movements in the price index for materials used in building other than house building were observed over the year 2000-01. The percentage increase of the weighted average for the six State capital series was less than 0.3% (table 20.19). This continues the pattern of recent years.


20.19 PRICE INDEX OF MATERIALS USED IN BUILDING OTHER THAN HOUSE BUILDING,
Six State Capital Cities(a)(b)

Financial year
Weighted average of six State capital cities
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Hobart

1994-95
110.4
110.3
108.9
112.9
110.9
110.1
112.2
1995-96
112.7
112.6
111.1
115.0
112.7
113.2
115.1
1996-97
113.2
113.1
110.9
115.9
114.1
114.6
116.3
1997-98
114.2
114.4
111.4
117.2
115.1
114.6
117.4
1998-99
115.2
115.2
113.2
118.4
115.5
114.1
118.5
1999-2000
116.1
116.0
114.4
119.3
116.1
115.4
119.0
2000-01
116.4
116.1
115.4
119.1
116.8
115.6
119.3

(a) Reference base year 1989–90 = 100.0.
(b) The separate city indexes measure price movements within each city individually. They do not compare price levels between cities.

Source: Producer Price Indexes, Australia (6427.0)


Table 20.20 presents the composition of the index in terms of the materials used. This shows that the rise in the index reflected increases between 1999-2000 and 2000-01 in most of the selected materials components. The exceptions were ready mixed concrete (which fell by 3.9 index points on top of a 2.7 index point fall between 1998-99 and 1999-2000) and reinforcing steel bar fabric and mesh (down 2.1 index points, following a fall of 5.4 index points between 1998-99 and 1999-2000).


20.20 PRICE INDEX OF MATERIALS USED IN BUILDING OTHER THAN HOUSE BUILDING(a), by Type of Material

Material
1994-95
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01

Structural timber
128.3
120.5
116.4
121.7
125.4
131.1
134.3
Clay bricks
111.0
110.0
108.7
114.6
119.1
123.7
128.0
Ready mixed concrete
112.4
108.2
106.6
107.2
106.3
103.6
99.7
Steel decking cladding and sheet products
108.9
110.9
112.9
114.9
114.4
114.9
118.5
Structural steel
105.3
109.3
112.5
113.1
113.4
112.0
113.1
Reinforcing steel bar fabric and mesh
111.5
112.0
111.6
112.7
109.9
104.5
102.4
Aluminium windows
105.4
108.4
108.5
109.0
110.5
114.3
119.9
Non-ferrous pipes and fittings
118.1
129.4
128.8
135.6
128.6
131.5
141.0
Builders’ hardware
116.6
119.5
118.3
120.0
123.4
130.0
135.9
Paint and other coatings
123.3
129.1
135.7
136.0
142.7
148.8
152.2
All groups
110.4
112.7
113.2
114.2
115.2
116.1
116.4

(a) Reference base year 1989-90 = 100.0.

Source: Price Index of Materials Used in Building Other Than House Building, Six State Capital Cities (6407.0).


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