8755.0 - Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2016  
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 16
Sep qtr 16 to Dec qtr 16
Dec qtr 15 to Dec qtr 16
$m
% change
% change

TREND ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
Building
26 619.7
-0.6
1.9
Residential
17 952.3
-
5.3
Non-residential
8 676.0
-1.7
-4.3
Engineering
19 269.7
-4.7
-22.2
Total construction
45 808.0
-2.5
-10.0

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
Building
26 695.2
1.3
2.1
Residential
17 965.4
1.1
5.7
Non-residential
8 729.8
1.8
-4.4
Engineering
19 568.4
-2.2
-18.6
Total construction
46 263.5
-0.2
-7.8

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2014-15.

Value of construction work done, Chain Volume Measures - Trend estimates
Graph: Value of constrcution work done, Chain colume measures - Trend

Value of construction work done, Chain Volume Measures - Trend estimates
Graph: Value of construction work done, Chain Volume Measures—Trend estimates




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


VALUE OF WORK DONE, CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION
  • The trend estimate for total construction work done fell 2.5% in the December quarter 2016.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done fell 0.2% to $46,263.5m in the December quarter.


BUILDING WORK DONE
  • The trend estimate for total building work done fell 0.6% in the December quarter.
  • The trend estimate for non-residential building work done fell 1.7% and residential building work was flat.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of total building work done rose 1.3% to $26,695.2m in the December quarter.


ENGINEERING WORK DONE
  • The trend estimate for engineering work done fell 4.7% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for engineering work done fell 2.2% to $19,568.4m in the December quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2017 24 May 2017
June 2017 30 August 2017
September 2017 22 November 2017
December 2017 21 February 2018



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This publication provides an early indication of trends in building and engineering construction activity. The data are estimates based on a response rate of approximately 85% of the value of both building and engineering work done during the quarter. More comprehensive and updated results will be released in Engineering Construction Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8762.0) on 29 March 2017 and in Building Activity, Australia (cat.no. 8752.0) on 12 April 2017.


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.

For the March Construction Work Done release each year, the ABS provides additional detail regarding the revisions that have been made to estimates of building and engineering construction activity prior to the previous quarter.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.