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8731.0 - Building Approvals, Australia, Aug 2001  
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Special Article - Functional classification of building



This article was published in Building Approvals, Australia (ABS Cat. no 8731.0) August, 2001

INTRODUCTION

From the 1st of July 2000, the Australian Bureau of Statistics commenced coding building approvals using a revised Functional Classification of Building (FCB). The FCB classifies buildings to the stated predominant function or purpose of the building, according to the description as described on the approval documentation. The revised FCB takes into account new and emerging trends within the building industry and provides further dissection on types of buildings.

The revised FCB has resulted in changes to the classifications within the non-residential sector, whereas residential is unchanged. The following tables present data on the value of non-residential building approved in the financial year 2000-01 using the revised FCB.


RESULTS

VALUE OF NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING APPROVED: Original, Australia - 2000-01
2000 FCB categories
Private sector
$m
Public sector
$m
Total
$m

Commercial
Retail/wholesale trade
2,104.7
29.1
2,133.7
Transport
197.0
70.9
267.7
Offices
2,317.4
293.7
2,611.1
Other commercial n.e.c.
91.1
125.9
217.1
Total commercial
4,710.2
519.6
5,229.6

Industrial
Factories
771.1
17.6
788.6
Warehouses
1,002.5
49.9
1,052.4
Agriculture/aquaculture
109.7
14.0
123.7
Other industrial n.e.c.
41.4
5.3
46.7
Total industrial
1,924.7
86.8
2,011.4

Other non-residential
Education
579.8
1,248.2
1,828.0
Religion
104.9
-
104.9
Aged care
467.0
18.6
485.5
Health
304.1
739.0
1,043.3
Entertainment/recreation
683.6
409.9
1,093.5
Short-term accommodation
455.2
17.0
472.0
Other non-residential n.e.c.
216.3
323.6
539.9
Total other non-residential

2,810.9
2,756.3
5,567.1
Total non-residential
9,445.9
3,362.6
12,808.4


VALUE OF NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING APPROVED: Original, State - 2000-01
2000 FCB categories
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Commercial
Retail/wholesale trade
571.0
775.3
430.1
94.2
206.5
13.9
25.3
17.4
2,133.7
Transport
87.2
61.5
80.9
7.3
15.1
6.3
4.1
5.1
267.7
Offices
1,057.8
663.3
356.2
88.6
347.9
16.4
12.7
68.0
2,611.1
Other commercial n.e.c.
150.5
22.9
27.3
5.5
7.3
0.9
2.1
0.5
217.1
Total commercial
1,866.5
1,523.2
894.5
195.6
576.8
37.5
44.2
91.0
5,229.6

Industrial
Factories
237.4
236.6
167.2
60.3
76.2
8.7
0.6
1.6
788.6
Warehouses
278.4
365.9
267.8
44.7
72.7
4.6
11.1
7.2
1,052.4
Agriculture/aquaculture
39.5
20.3
28.2
13.6
16.2
2.2
3.8
-
123.7
Other industrial n.e.c.
20.2
3.2
14.8
1.2
5.2
0.2
1.9
-
46.7
Total industrial
575.5
626.0
478.0
119.8
170.3
15.7
17.4
8.8
2,011.4

Other non-residential
Education
345.5
720.4
403.6
145.1
150.2
25.7
13.2
24.4
1,828.0
Religion
51.6
22.2
17.8
3.5
5.3
2.8
0.4
1.3
104.9
Aged care
131.3
182.0
68.1
45.7
35.1
16.0
6.0
1.5
485.5
Health
150.0
356.9
308.6
106.2
41.2
5.4
65.0
9.9
1,043.3
Entertainment/recreation
328.6
348.7
185.0
30.2
153.5
25.7
12.4
9.4
1,093.5
Short-term accommodation
94.1
94.9
103.8
32.8
94.9
15.8
25.6
10.2
472.0
Other non-residential n.e.c.
95.1
186.4
124.6
49.5
61.6
7.9
12.1
2.7
539.8
Total other non-residential
1,196.1
1,911.5
1,211.5
413.0
541.8
99.3
134.7
59.4
5,567.1

Total non-residential
3,638.0
4,060.6
2,584.0
728.5
1,289.0
152.5
196.6
159.2
12,808.4



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The value of non-residential building will continue to be published under the previous FCB (see table 21 on page 28). Data will be presented on the new FCB once a sufficient time series becomes available. Some further breakdown of the transport, health and accommodation categories will also be able to be released.

A concordance between the previous FCB classification (1986 FCB) and the new FCB (2000 FCB) for non-residential building is outlined on the next page. The footnotes explain the major differences between the classifications.

For further information on the FCB classifications, please contact Roger Mableson on Adelaide 08 8237 7494.

FCB 1986 to FCB 2000 CONCORDANCE
1986 FCB
2000 FCB
030Hotels, motels, etc.461Self contained, short-term apartments
462Hotels (predominantly accommodation), motels, boarding houses, cabins
463Other short term accommodation n.e.c.

040Shops211Retail and wholesale trade buildings

050Factories311Factories and other secondary production buildings

060Offices231Offices

070Other business premises221Passenger transport buildings
222Non-passenger transport buildings
223Commercial carparks
224Other transport buildings n.e.c.
291Other commercial buildings n.e.c.
321Warehouses (excluding produce storage)
331Agricultural and aquacultural buildings(a)
391Other industrial buildings n.e.c.
491Other non-residential buildings n.e.c.(b)

080Educational411Education buildings
451Entertainment and recreation buildings(c)

090Religious421Religion buildings

100Health431Aged care facilities(d)
441Hospitals
442Other health buildings n.e.c.

110Entertainment and recreational451Entertainment and recreation buildings(c)

120Miscellaneous331Agricultural and aquacultural buildings(a)
431Aged care facilities(d)
491Other non-residential buildings n.e.c.(b)

(a) In the 1986 FCB Farm sheds, Grain storage etc. were included under Other business premises and buildings for animal production (e.g. dairy, shearers sheds) under Miscellaneous. These are all coded under 331 Agricultural and aquacultural buildings in the 2000 FCB.
(b) The 1986 FCB included items not allocated to a specific category under Miscellaneous. A small number were also allocated to Other business premises. These are all coded to Other non-residential buildings in 2000 FCB.
(c) Museums, Art galleries and Libraries in the 1986 FCB were coded under Education and animal enclosures (e.g. wildlife parks) under Miscellaneous. These are all coded under 451 Entertainment and recreation buildings in the 2000 FCB.
(d) The 1986 FCB included Aged care facilities with medical care under Health and those without medical care under Miscellaneous. These are all coded to 431 Aged care facilities in the 2000 FCB.


GLOSSARY

Aged care

Building used in the provision or support of aged care facilities, excluding dwellings (e.g. retirement villages). Includes aged care facilities with and without medical care.

Agriculture/aquaculture

Buildings housing, or associated with, agricultural and aquacultural activities, including bulk storage of produce (e.g. shearing shed, grain silo, shearers' quarters).

Commercial

Buildings primarily occupied with or engaged in commercial trade or work intended for commercial trade, including buildings used primarily in wholesale and retail trades, office and transport activities.

Education

Buildings used in the provision or support of educational services, including group accommodation buildings (e.g. classrooms, school canteens, dormitories).
Entertainment and recreation

Buildings used in the provision of entertainment and recreational facilities or services (e.g. libraries, museums, casinos, sporting facilities).

Factories

Buildings housing, or associated with, production and assembly processes of intermediate and final goods.

Health

Buildings used in the provision of non-aged care medical services, and includes categories on Hospitals and Other health buildings n.e.c. (e.g. nurses quarters, laboratories, clinics).

Industrial

Buildings used for warehousing and the production and assembly activities of industrial establishments, including factories and plants.

Offices

Buildings primarily used in the provision of professional services or public administration (e.g. offices, insurance or finance buildings).

Religion

Buildings used for or associated with worship, or in support of programs sponsored by religious bodies (e.g. church, temple, church hall, dormitories).

Retail/wholesale trade

Buildings primarily used in the sale of goods to intermediate and end users.

Short-term accommodation

Buildings primarily providing short-term or temporary accommodation, and includes the following categories.
Self contained, short term apartments (e.g. serviced apartments)
Hotels (predominantly accommodation), motels, boarding houses, cabins
Other short term accommodation n.e.c. (e.g. migrant hostels, youth hostels, lodges)

Transport

Buildings primarily used in the provision of transport services, and includes the following categories.
Passenger transport buildings (e.g. passenger terminals)
Non-passenger transport buildings (e.g. freight terminals)


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