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8755.0 - Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/02/2011   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Dec qtr 10
Sep qtr 10 to Dec qtr 10
Dec qtr 09 to Dec qtr 10
$m
% change
% change

TREND ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
Building
21 020.0
-2.4
6.2
Residential
11 743.7
-1.0
6.0
Non-residential
9 291.1
-4.0
6.6
Engineering
20 953.0
2.8
7.9
Total construction
42 053.4
0.3
7.3

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
Building
20 496.2
-5.1
4.0
Residential
11 591.6
-1.1
5.9
Non-residential
8 904.6
-9.9
1.5
Engineering
21 425.6
7.3
13.6
Total construction
41 921.8
0.8
8.7

(a) Chain volume measures, reference year 2008-09.

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

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




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


VALUE OF WORK DONE, CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION
  • The trend estimate for total construction work done rose 0.3% in the December quarter 2010.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done rose 0.8%, to $41,921.8m, in the December quarter.


BUILDING WORK DONE
  • The trend estimate for total building work done fell 2.4% in the December quarter 2010.
  • The trend estimate for non-residential building work done fell 4.0% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of total building work done fell 5.1%, to $20,496.2m, in the December quarter.


ENGINEERING WORK DONE
  • The trend estimate for engineering work done rose 2.8% in the December quarter 2010.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for engineering work done rose 7.3%, to $21,425.6m, in the December quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2011 25 May 2011
June 2011 24 August 2011



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 Engineering Construction Activity, Australia (cat.no.8762.0) on 5 April 2011 and in Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 19 April 2011.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


DATA NOTES

The trend estimates should be interpreted with caution as the underlying behaviour of building activity may be affected by Government stimulus packages, including the "Building the Education Revolution" (BER) program and Social Housing Initiatives as well as other developments associated with global economic conditions. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 24 to 26 of the explanatory notes.

Widespread flooding in the eastern states, particularly Queensland, and other recent natural disasters have not affected the quality of statistics in this release. As these events occurred after, or very late, in the December quarter reference period, the overall level of construction activity was not noticeably affected for either national or state level estimates.

It is anticipated that the statistics presented in future releases of this publication may be affected both in the quality of estimates and through the direct impact on construction activity of the disasters and related recovery activities. Where impacts occur, these will be noted in this publication.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Rebecca Eales on Adelaide (08) 8237 7647.


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