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Construction has a major influence on every Australian, as it provides the homes in which we live, the places in which most of us work and play, our schools and hospitals, and the infrastructure such as roads, water and electricity supply, and telecommunications, essential for our day to day living.

A number of other sectors of Australia's economy are also closely linked to the building and construction industry and its activities, including (a) parts of the manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade and finance industries, in supplying components, fittings and furnishings, and in financing building and construction, and (b) parts of the professional services industry, such as the architectural and engineering professions for design and erection methods embracing both proven and advanced innovative technological methods and products.

The building and construction industry engages in three broad areas of activity:

1/ residential building (houses, flats, etc.),
2/ non-residential building (offices, shops, hotels, etc.), and
3/ engineering construction (roads, bridges, water and sewerage, etc.).

Building and construction activity is undertaken by both the private and public sectors in Australia. The private sector is engaged in all three categories of building and construction, and plays a major role in residential, engineering and other construction activity. The public sector also plays a key role in initiating and undertaking engineering construction activity, and building activity relating to health and education.

Construction Releases
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Using Construction Statistics
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