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8755.0 - Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2011  
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GLOSSARY

Alterations and additions

Refer to Type of work. The term 'Alterations and additions' in tables 5, 6, 7 and 8 refers to alterations and additions to residential buildings only.

Alterations and additions to residential buildings

Alterations and additions carried out on existing residential buildings, which may result in the creation of new dwelling units.

Building

A building is a rigid, fixed and permanent structure which has a roof. Its intended purpose is primarily to house people, plant, machinery, vehicles, goods or livestock. An integral feature of a building's design, to satisfy its intended use, is the provision for regular access by persons.

Building work done

The Value of building work done including only work carried out during the quarter

Construction work done

The sum of building work done and engineering work done.

Conversions, etc.

Refer to Type of Work.

Dwellings approved but not yet commenced

For known residential projects which have not yet commenced, dwellings to be created by the project.

Dwelling unit

A dwelling unit is a self-contained suite of rooms, including cooking and bathing facilities and intended for long-term residential use. Units (whether self-contained or not) within buildings offering institutional care, such as hospitals, or temporary accommodation such as motels, hostels and holiday apartments, are not defined as dwelling units. The value of units of this type is included in non-residential building.

Engineering work done

The Value of engineering work done including only work carried out during the quarter

House

Refer to Type of Building.

New

Refer to Type of Work.

Non-residential building

Refer to Type of Building.

Other residential building

Refer to Type of Building.

Residential building

Refer to Type of Building.

Type of building

Buildings are classified as either:

      Residential building
      A residential building is a building consisting of one or more dwelling units. Residential buildings can be either houses or other residential buildings.
          A house is a detached building primarily used for long term residential purposes. It consists of one dwelling unit. For instance, detached 'granny flats' and detached dwelling units (e.g. caretaker's residences) associated with a non-residential building are defined as houses. Also includes 'cottages', 'bungalows' and rectories.
          An other residential building is a building other than a house primarily used for long-term residential purposes. An other residential building contains more than one dwelling unit. Other residential buildings are coded to the following categories: semidetached, row or terrace house or townhouse with one storey; semidetached, row or terrace house or townhouse with two or more storeys; flat, unit or apartment in a building of one or two storeys; flat, unit or apartment in a building of three storeys; flat, unit or apartment in a building of four or more storeys; flat, unit or apartment attached to a house; other/number of storeys unknown.
      Non-residential building
      A non-residential building is primarily intended for purposes other than long term residential purposes. Note that, on occasions, one or more dwelling units may be created through non-residential building activity. The value of these dwelling units cannot be separated out from that of the non-residential building which they are part of, therefore the value associated with these remain in the appropriate non-residential category.
      Non-residential building's are further classified by their functional use at time of approval.

Type of work

The Type of Work classification refers to building activity approved to be carried out and consists of:
      Alterations and additions
          Building activity carried out on existing buildings excluding conversions. Includes adding to or diminishing floor area, altering the structural design of a building and affixing rigid components which are integral to the functioning of the building.
      Conversion
          Building activity conversion is building activity which converts a non-residential building to a residential building, e.g. conversion of a warehouse to residential apartments. Conversion is considered to be a special type of alteration. 'Conversions, etc.' are the number of dwelling units created as part of alterations and additions to, or conversions of, existing residential or non-residential buildings and as part of the construction of non-residential building. However, while the value of conversions is included in the value of alterations and additions to residential buildings, the value of new dwelling units associated with non-residential buildings is included in the value of non-residential buildings.
      New
          Building activity which will result in the creation of a building which previously did not exist.

Value of building work done

Includes the costs of materials fixed in place, labour, and architects fees. It excludes the value of land and landscaping and non-building components such as fencing, paving, roadworks, tennis courts, outdoor pools and car parks.

Value of engineering work done

The value of engineering work done for the private sector consists of the value of work done on prime contracts, plus speculative contracts, plus work done on own account. The value of engineering work done for the public sector is the work done by the organisation's own workforce and subcontractors. In each case, the value excludes the cost of land and repair and maintenance activity, as well as the value of any transfers of existing assets, the value of installed machinery and equipment not integral to the structure and the expenses for relocation of utility services. However, a contract for the installation of machinery and equipment which is an integral part of a construction project is included.

Work approved but not yet commenced

For known projects which have not yet commenced, the anticipated final value at completion of the project.

Work in the pipeline

Value of building work that has been approved, but as yet, has not been undertaken. Work in the pipeline has two components. Firstly, there is an estimate of the amount of building work still to be done on projects that have already commenced, 'work yet to be done'. The second component is the building work that has been approved, but had not commenced by the end of the reference period, 'work approved but not yet commenced'. Information on 'work in the pipeline' is available from the June quarter 2003.

Work yet to be done

The difference between the anticipated completion value of the project and the estimated value of work already done up to the end of the reference period for jobs which have commenced.


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