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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
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Contents >> Construction >> Performance of the construction industry

Summary by industry

A detailed survey of the construction industry was undertaken for the reference year 1996-97. The survey found that businesses in the construction industry providing predominantly trade services accounted for over 80% of the number of businesses and almost three-quarters of the people working in the industry.

More recent information about the performance of businesses in the industry is available from the ABS Economy Wide Surveys, supplemented by business income tax data.

Selected summary measures of performance for sectors of the construction industry are shown in table 20.1. The construction trade services sector dominated the number of persons employed, with 64% of the total employment in the construction industry in 1999-2000. However, this was significantly lower than in 1996-97.


20.1 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, Summary of industry performance(a) - 1999-2000

General construction

Building construction

Selected indicators
Units
Residential construction
Non-residential building construction
Total
Non-building construction
Total
Construction trade services
Total construction

Employment (1999-2000 annual average)
'000
n.a.
n.a.
187
62
249
447
696
Total operating income
$m
26,700
14,563
41,263
14,639
55,901
46,767
102,669
Total operating expenses
$m
25,491
13,753
39,245
14,094
53,338
39,780
93,118
Operating profit before tax
$m
1,858
750
2,608
572
3,180
7,195
10,376

(a) Estimates in tables 20.1 and 20.2 differ marginally due to differences in the timing of their production.

Source: Australian Industry, 1999-2000 (8155.0); Labour Force, Australia, June 2000 (6203.0).


Summary by state

Selected statistics by state show that New South Wales had the largest share of construction activity in 1999-2000, which was in part due to the preparations for the Olympic Games (table 20.2).


20.2 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, Summary of state/territory performance(a) - 1999-2000
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Operating income
General construction
20,887
11,540
12,298
2,833
6,252
550
576
965
55,901
Construction trade services
17,342
10,161
9,186
3,463
4,720
695
442
756
46,767
Operating expenses
General construction
19,837
11,279
11,550
2,768
5,973
509
524
897
53,338
Construction trade services
14,934
8,659
7,785
3,060
3,796
566
350
629
39,780
Operating profit before tax
3,879
2,022
2,189
495
1,262
171
153
205
10,376
Labour costs
5,723
3,316
2,902
892
1,662
195
137
236
15,061

(a) Estimates in tables 20.1 and 20.2 differ marginally due to differences in the timing of their production.

Source: Experimental Estimates, Australian Industry, a State Perspective, 1999-2000 (8156.0).


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