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8762.0 - Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, Sep 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/01/2007   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep qtr 06
Jun qtr 06 to Sep qtr 06
Sep qtr 05 to Sep qtr 06
$m
% change
% change

TREND ESTIMATES VOLUME TERMS(a)

Value of work done
For the private sector
6 361.1
-1.4
9.1
For the public sector(b)
4 259.7
-0.1
13.6
Total engineering construction
10 625.9
-0.8
10.9

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED VOLUME TERMS(a)

Value of work done
For the private sector
6 174.6
-7.2
6.3
For the public sector(b)
4 132.7
-4.7
10.1
Total engineering construction
10 307.3
-6.2
7.8

(a) Chain volume measures, reference year 2004-05.
(b) Includes work done by the private sector for the public sector and work done by the public sector.


Value of work done, Total engineering - Volume terms
Graph: Value of work done, Total engineering - Volume terms

Value of work done, Volume terms - Trend estimates
Graph: Value of work done, Volume terms - Trend estimates



SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE, VOLUME TERMS

Trend estimates

  • The trend estimate for the value of total engineering construction work done fell 0.8% in the September 2006 quarter, the first fall in the series since March 2001 quarter.
  • The trend estimate for the value of work done for the private sector fell 1.4% in the September 2006 quarter. Work done for the public sector fell 0.1%.

Seasonally adjusted estimates
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total engineering construction work done in the September 2006 quarter fell 6.2% to $10,307.3m, the first fall in the series since September quarter 2003.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of work done for the private sector fell 7.2% in the September 2006 quarter. The value of work done for the public sector fell 4.7% to $4,132.7m.

Original estimates
  • The value of work done in the September 2006 quarter fell 13.9% to $9,982.1m following a 16.0% rise in the previous quarter.
  • The value of work done for the private sector fell 5.5% to $6,224.2m in the September 2006 quarter, following a 10.1% rise in the previous quarter. Total work done for the public sector fell 24.9% to $3,757.8m.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2006 18 April 2007
March 2007 17 July 2007



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.



SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS THIS QUARTER

Compared with the current price original terms estimates published in the previous issue of this publication:

  • The June quarter 2006 estimates have been revised upwards by $230m for work commenced, upwards $291m for work done and downwards $91.4m for work yet to be done.
  • The March quarter 2006 estimates have been revised upwards $201m for work commenced and upwards $190m for work done.
  • The December quarter 2005 estimates have been revised upwards by $138m for work commenced and work done.
  • The September quarter 2005 estimates have been revised upwards by $49m for work commenced and work done.
  • The June quarter 2005 estimates have been revised upwards $26m for work commenced and work done.

Most of these revisions are due to the coverage changes made to the survey in the September quarter 2006, as outlined in the Data Notes below. The revisions occurred predominantly in 'private for private' 'coal handling' in Queensland and 'other minerals' in Western Australia.



DATA NOTES

As part of an ongoing program to improve the coverage of the Engineering Construction Survey a number of businesses undertaking significant engineering construction work were identified and included in the survey for the first time from September quarter 2006. Where possible, data for earlier quarters has been obtained for these businesses. This has resulted in revisions to the estimates of engineering construction work for the period June quarter 2005 to the June quarter 2006.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or James Inglis on Adelaide (08) 8237 7405.


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