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Price indexes of the output of the building industry

The price index of the output of the building industry (table 28.10) measures changes in the prices of the output of ANZSIC Group 411 - Building construction. This includes house construction (measured with the CPI project home series, excluding state and Commonwealth home buyers schemes), other residential building construction and non-residential building construction. This index is used for the following purposes:

  • as an important input into the national accounts, that is, by providing a deflator for current price expenditure on building 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.

28.10 PRICE INDEX OF THE OUTPUT OF THE BUILDING INDUSTRY


1997-98
97.0
1998-99
100.0
1999-2000
104.9
2000-01
106.5
2001-02
108.5

(a) Reference base year 1998-99 = 100.0.

Source: Producer Price Indexes, Australia (6427.0).


The ABS is in the process of extending the scope of the producer price indexes into the output of ANZSIC Group 412 - Non-building construction, to complete the coverage of ANZSIC Subdivision 41 - General construction. Indexes for additional construction industries will be released in Producer Price Indexes, Australia (6427.0) as they are developed.

Price indexes of materials used in house building

The price index of materials used in house building measures changes in 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 1992-93.

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 28.11 shows price index series from 1993-94 to 2001-02, for the weighted average of the six state capital cities and for the individual cities. The movements in the index are discussed in Construction.


28.11 PRICE INDEXES OF MATERIALS USED IN HOUSE BUILDING, Six state capital cities(a)(b)

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

1993-94
112.0
111.3
112.1
113.5
117.1
109.1
112.8
1994-95
115.4
115.0
115.9
115.9
118.8
112.7
117.3
1995-96
115.7
115.9
115.4
115.1
118.2
114.8
120.7
1996-97
116.1
116.3
115.3
115.3
120.6
115.3
120.1
1997-98
118.2
119.7
117.1
117.1
123.3
115.9
121.0
1998-99
119.5
121.6
118.0
118.2
125.0
116.1
122.2
1999-2000
122.8
126.8
121.7
120.8
127.2
117.7
123.8
2000-01
124.4
130.0
123.1
120.6
129.6
118.8
126.0
2001-02
126.0
132.0
125.0
122.0
130.6
119.4
128.4

(a) Reference base year 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 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 28.12 shows price index series from 1993-94 to 2001-02 for the weighted average of the six state capital cities and for the individual cities. The movements in the index are discussed in Construction.

More detailed information in respect of individual building materials is contained in table 20.20 of that section.


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

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

1993-94
107.5
107.0
106.7
110.1
107.9
107.1
110.1
1994-95
110.4
110.3
108.9
112.9
110.9
110.1
112.2
1995-96
112.7
112.6
111.1
115.0
112.7
113.2
115.1
1996-97
113.2
113.1
110.9
115.9
114.1
114.6
116.3
1997-98
114.2
114.4
111.4
117.2
115.1
114.6
117.4
1998-99
115.2
115.2
113.2
118.4
115.5
114.1
118.5
1999-2000
116.1
116.0
114.4
119.3
116.1
115.4
119.0
2000-01
116.4
116.1
115.4
119.1
116.8
115.6
119.3
2001-02
118.6
118.2
117.8
120.8
118.8
117.7
121.3

(a) Reference base year 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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