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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2007  
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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

The contribution of an industry to the overall production of goods and services in an economy is measured by gross value added (GVA). Information on the relationship between industry GVA and gross domestic product (GDP) is provided in the Industry structure and performance chapter.

Total production of the construction industry, as measured by GVA (in volume terms), generally increased from 1991-92 to 1999-2000. The peak in 1999-2000 was followed by a sharp decline, coinciding with the introduction of The New Tax System in July 2000. Construction industry GVA (in chain volume terms) has increased steadily since 2000-01, and in 2004-05 reached $53,024 million (m) (graph 19.1).

In 2004-05 the construction industry's share of the total production of goods and services in the Australian economy GDP was 6.2%.

19.1 CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTION(a)(b) 19.1 CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTION(a)(b)


In 2005-06 the construction industry employed an average of 876,300 people (table 19.2), 6.9% higher than in 2004-05. The number of own account workers and employees both increased by 7.2% since 2004-05, while the number of employers rose by 2.9%.

In 2005-06 the majority of construction industry employment was in construction trade services (609,800 people or 70%), which includes those engaged in services such as earthmoving, concreting, bricklaying, roofing, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, glazing and landscaping. General construction includes the construction of houses, buildings and structures. In 2005-06 average annual employment in general construction increased by 7.7% to 266,400 people.


19.2 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, Employment(a)

2004-05
2005-06
Employment status
'000
'000

General construction
Employee
202.1
222.4
Employer
9.9
10.3
Own account worker(b)
35.4
33.8
Total(c)
247.3
266.4
Construction trade services
Employee
349.6
368.9
Employer
42.3
43.5
Own account worker(b)
180.4
197.5
Total(c)
572.3
609.8
Total construction(d)
Employee
551.7
591.2
Employer
52.2
53.7
Own account worker(b)
215.8
231.3
Total(c)
819.6
876.3

(a) Annual average of quarterly data.
(b) A worker that hires no employees.
(c) Total includes contributing family worker.
(d) Includes categories General construction and Construction trade services.
Source: Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (6291.0.55.003).


The Australian Bureau of Statistics compiles two price indexes relating to the construction industry - the Price Index of Output of the General Construction Industry and the Price Index of Materials Used in Home Building. Information on recent trends in these indexes is provided in Construction industries indexes in the Prices chapter.

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