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8755.0 - Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2005  
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 05
Sep qtr 05 to Dec qtr 05
Dec qtr 04 to Dec qtr 05
$m
% change
% change

TREND ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
Building
13 570.6
-0.7
1.6
Residential
8 728.5
-1.6
-2.9
Non-residential
4 831.0
0.7
10.5
Engineering
9 168.0
4.1
21.4
Total construction
22 796.4
1.4
9.0

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
Building
13 270.6
-3.8
-1.9
Residential
8 524.1
-4.9
-5.4
Non-residential
4 746.4
-1.7
5.0
Engineering
9 313.5
6.1
25.1
Total construction
22 584.0
0.1
7.7

(a) Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2003-04.

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

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



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE, VOLUME TERMS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate of building work done fell 0.7% in the December quarter 2005. A fall in residential building (-1.6%) was partly offset by a rise in non-residential building (+0.7%).
  • Engineering work done rose 4.1% in the December quarter 2005.
  • Total construction work done rose 1.4% in the latest quarter.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of building work fell 3.8% in the December quarter 2005, to $13,270.6m. Residential building fell 4.9%, to $8,524.1m. Non-residential building fell 1.7%, to $4,746.4m.
  • Engineering work done rose 6.1%, to $9,313.5m, in the December quarter 2005, the highest level on record. Work done for the private sector rose 8.1%, to $5,655.8m. Work done for the public sector rose 3.3% to $3,657.7m. Both sectors are currently at record levels.
  • Total construction work done rose 0.1%, to $22,584.0m, in the latest quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2006 24 May 2006
June 2006 30 August 2006



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 80% of the value of both building and engineering work done during the quarter. More comprehensive and updated results will be released in Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 21 April 2006 and in Engineering Construction Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8762.0) on 20 April 2006.



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Time series spreadsheets 11, 12 and 13 will be released in Excel format for the first time with the March 2006 issue of this publication on 24 May 2006. The proposed Excel spreadsheets are available in Information Paper, Changes to Time Series Spreadsheets for Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 8755.0.55.002). The information paper is on the ABS web site at <www.abs.gov.au>. From the home page go to 'Access to all ABS products and statistics' search by 'catalogue number' and choose '87. Building and construction'.



DATA NOTES

There are no notes about the data.



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Paul Pamment on Adelaide (08) 8237 7499.



CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES


TREND PERCENTAGE CHANGE


TOTAL CONSTRUCTION

Graph: Construction work done, chain volume measures, trend percentage change, total construction



The total value of construction work done rose for the fifth successive quarter, but the rate of growth slowed this quarter.



ENGINEERING

Graph: Construction work done, chain volume measures, trend percentage change, Engineering



Engineering construction work done has increased for nineteen successive quarters.



BUILDING

Graph: Construction work done, chain volume measures, trend percentage change, total building



Total building work done fell after three quarters of growth.



RESIDENTIAL

Graph: Construction work done, chain volume measures, trend percentage change, Residential building



Residential building work done is now showing falls for two quarters.



NON-RESIDENTIAL

Graph: Construction work done, chain volume measures, trend percentage change, Non-residential building



Non-residential work done has risen in the last five quarters.



CONSTRUCTION WORK DONE STATES AND TERRITORIES


CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES - TREND ESTIMATES


NEW SOUTH WALES
VICTORIA

Graph: Construction work done, Chain volume measures, trend estimates, New South Wales and Victoria



Construction work done fell in New South Wales after three quarters of increases. In Victoria, construction work done has grown for the last five quarters.



QUEENSLAND
WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Graph: Construction work done, Chain volume measures, trend estimates, Queensland and Western Australia



Construction work done has grown in Queensland for the last ten quarters. Construction work done in Western Australia has grown for the last eight quarters.



SOUTH AUSTRALIA
TASMANIA

Graph: South AustraliaTasmania



Construction work done in South Australia is now showing falls for three quarters, after seventeen quarters of growth. In Tasmania, construction work done has fallen marginally in the latest quarter.



NORTHERN TERRITORY
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Graph: Northern TerritoryAustralian Capital Territory



Construction work done in the Northern Territory is now showing falls for the last two quarters, after three quarters of growth. The Australian Capital Territory shows growth for the past four quarters.

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