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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2004  
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Contents >> Prices >> Construction price indexes

Price indexes of the output of the building industry

The price index of the output of the general construction industry (table 28.13) measures changes in the prices of the output of ANZSIC subdivision 41 - General construction. This includes house construction (measured using the CPI project home series, excluding sponsored government home buyers' schemes), other residential building construction, non-residential building construction and non-building construction. This index is used for the following purposes:

  • as an important input into the Australian national accounts by providing a deflator for current price expenditure on general construction to calculate chain volume estimates
  • as an input into broader measures of price change, such as the economy-wide stage of production indexes
  • to aid industry analysis.
28.13 PRICE INDEX OF THE OUTPUT OF THE GENERAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY(a)

1997-98
1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03

General construction subdivision
97.1
100.0
104.9
106.1
107.9
112.7
Building construction
96.9
100.0
105.0
106.0
107.8
112.4
House construction
97.3
100.0
107.2
109.1
112.0
116.5
Residential building construction n.e.c.
96.7
100.0
104.7
104.2
105.1
110.4
Non-residential building construction
96.5
100.0
103.3
103.9
105.1
109.6
Non-building construction(b)
98.7
100.0
103.7
107.9
109.7
116.0
Road and bridge construction
98.7
100.0
103.7
107.9
109.7
116.0

(a) Reference base year is 1998-99 = 100.0.
(b) Road and bridge construction is the sole contributor to Non-building construction.
Source: Producer Price Indexes, Australia (6427.0).

Currently, road and bridge construction is the sole contributor to the index for ANZSIC group 412 (non-building construction). However, work is currently under way to extend the coverage to include ANZSIC class 4122 (non-building construction n.e.c.).

Price indexes of materials used in house building

The price index of materials used in house building measures changes in the prices of selected materials used in the construction of houses in the Statistical Division containing each state capital city.

The current index series were introduced in December 1995 on a reference base of 1989-90 = 100.0 and were linked to previous series. The items and weights for the current series are based on estimated materials usage in a sample of representative houses constructed in the three years ending June 1993.

The index was first compiled on a reference base of 1966-67 = 100.0, using a weighting pattern derived from estimated materials usage in 1968-69.

A rebased series of indexes, linked to the previous series, were introduced in October 1986 on a reference base of 1985-86 = 100.0. The items in the rebased series were selected and allocated weights on the basis of the estimated values of each material used in a sample of representative houses constructed in 1985-86.

Table 28.14 shows price index series from 1997-98 to 2002-03, for the weighted average of the six state capital cities and for the individual cities. The movements in the index are discussed in Construction.

28.14 PRICE INDEXES OF MATERIALS USED IN HOUSE BUILDING(a)(b)

Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Hobart
Weighted average of six state capital cities

1997-98
119.7
117.1
117.1
123.3
115.9
121.0
118.2
1998-99
121.6
118.0
118.2
125.0
116.1
122.2
119.5
1999-2000
126.8
121.7
120.8
127.2
117.7
123.8
122.8
2000-01
130.0
123.1
120.6
129.6
118.8
126.0
124.4
2001-02
132.0
125.0
122.0
130.6
119.4
128.4
126.0
2002-03
137.2
128.4
127.6
135.7
123.0
133.7
130.5

(a) Reference base year is 1989-90 = 100.0.
(b) The separate city indexes measure price movement within each city individually. They do not compare price levels between cities.
Source: Producer Price Indexes, Australia (6427.0).

Price indexes of materials used in building other than house building

The price index of materials used in building other than house building measures changes in the prices of selected materials used in the construction of buildings other than houses in the Statistical Division containing each state capital city. The types of building directly represented in the index are: flats and other dwellings; hotels, motels and hostels; shops; factories; offices; other business premises; education buildings; health buildings; and other non-residential buildings.

The current index series were introduced in October 1993 on a reference base of 1989-90 = 100.0. The composition of these indexes reflects the usage of materials in the five years ending June 1992.

The index was first compiled on a reference base of 1966-67 = 100.0 using a weighting pattern derived from estimated materials usage in 1966-67. Rebased indexes for the six state capital cities were introduced in February 1981 on a reference base of 1979-80 = 100.0. The composition of these indexes reflected the usage of materials in the three years ending June 1977.

Table 28.15 shows price index series from 1997-98 to 2002-03 for the weighted average of the six state capital cities and for the individual cities. The movements in the index are discussed in Construction and information is provided in respect of individual building materials (table 19.18).

28.15 PRICE INDEXES OF MATERIALS USED IN BUILDING OTHER THAN HOUSE BUILDING(a)(b)

Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Hobart
Weighted average of six state capital cities

1997-98
114.4
111.4
117.2
115.1
114.6
117.4
114.2
1998-99
115.2
113.2
118.4
115.5
114.1
118.5
115.2
1999-2000
116.0
114.4
119.3
116.1
115.4
119.0
116.1
2000-01
116.1
115.4
119.1
116.8
115.6
119.3
116.4
2001-02
118.2
117.8
120.8
118.8
117.7
121.3
118.6
2002-03
123.0
122.7
126.9
123.5
122.8
124.2
123.6

(a) Reference base year is 1989-90 = 100.0.
(b) The separate city indexes measure price movements within each city individually. They do not compare price levels between cities.
Source: Producer Price Indexes, Australia (6427.0).


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