The Engineering Construction Survey (ECS) is conducted quarterly and aims to measure the value of all engineering construction work undertaken in Australia by both private and public sector organisations. These estimates together with results from the Building Activity Survey provide a complete quarterly picture of building and construction activity in Australia.
The major users of engineering construction data are the National Accounts and Constant Price Estimates Sections of the ABS, various government organisations such as the Department of Treasury and the Reserve Bank, economic forecasting and research organisations, construction companies and construction material suppliers.
ECS aims to measure the value of all engineering construction work undertaken in Australia.
Excluded from the scope are:
- cost of land
- building construction: where projects included elements of both building and engineering construction, we exclude the buildings component from the data
- repair and maintenance activity
- value of the transfers of existing assets
- value of installed machinery and equipment not integral to the structure
- expenses for the relocation of utility services
Included in the scope are:
- installation of machinery and equipment that is an integral part of a construction project, even though the activity in installing such machinery and equipment is classified to the manufacturing industry in ANZSIC
In conjunction with the above general scope rules are the following specific guidelines in determining which machinery and equipment is considered an integral part of the structure and hence included in the data:
To ensure that data is not duplicated, the following reporting rules apply:
- Supply only projects for equipment
Exclude: total value
- Supply and install projects for equipment for which the appropriate treatment is not specified below
Include: total value if the dominant part is installation costs
Exclude: total value if the dominant part is supply and manufacture
- Electricity generation and distribution projects
Include: on-site assembly and erection costs
Exclude: purchase cost of heavy electrical plant, equipment, turbines, boilers, generating sets etc.
- Offshore drilling platforms
Include: all costs associated with the design construction and location of offshore drilling platforms, including the cost of any equipment installed as an integral part of the platforms
- Telecommunications networks
Include: the full value of work done on the design and construction of telecommunications networks, including the purchase of equipment that is installed as an integral part of the network
- Heavy Industry
Include: on site assembly and erection costs
Exclude: costs associated with off-site manufacture, fabrication or supply of furnaces, ovens, cargo handling equipment, chemical plants etc.
- Machinery and equipment
Exclude: ships, aircraft, railway and tramway rolling stock, trucks, cars an other motor vehicles, industrial machinery, office machinery, furniture, purchase cost of heavy electrical plant, turbines, boilers, furnaces, ovens
- For private sector organisations
Data is collected for work done on prime contract or own use only. Work done on sub-contract is excluded. A prime contract is a contract where the contractor is legally liable to the owner of the project.
- For public sector organisations
Data is collected for work done by their own employees only. Work done by contractors is excluded
Data classifications used in the ECS:
|Variables collected||Sector Performing work|
|Value of all new projects commenced during quarter||Private Sector|
|Value of work done on all projects during quarter||Public sector|
|Value of work yet to be done on all projects underway||
| at end of quarter||
|Type of Construction||
|Roads, highways and subdivisions, airport runways||
- Local Government Authorities
|Bridges||Total public sector|
|Railways and tramways||Total|
|Water storage and supply||Much of the data is published using a cross|
|Sewerage and drainage|| classification of the sector performing work|
|Electricity generation, transmission and distribution|| and sector of ownership. |
|Pipelines (other than water)||This full classification is:|
|Recreation ||By/For Sector:|
|Telecommunications||By private sector for private sector|
|Heavy Industry||By private sector for public sector|
- oil, gas and other hydrocarbons
|Total by private sector |
- bauxite, alumina and aluminium
|By commonwealth government for private sector|
||By commonwealth government for public sector|
||Total by commonwealth government |
||By state government for private sector|
|Site preparation services||By state government for public sector|
|Landscaping||Total by state government |
|Other||By local government for private sector|
|Total||By local government for public sector|
|By local government |
|Sector of ownership:||Total by public sector for private sector |
|Private sector||Total by public sector for public sector |
|Public sector||Total by public sector |
|Total for private sector |
|Total for public sector |
Data are released quarterly for both Australia and States and Territories.
FREQUENCY OF DATA AVAILABILITY
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Data from the ECS are available in the following publications:
Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 8755.0)
Engineering Construction Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8762.0).
This is available as a publication and also on AUSSTATS on the day of the release of the publication.
More detailed estimates are available through our Building and Construction Consultancy Services.
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This page first published 26 September 2003, last updated 25 July 2008