PRICE INDEXES OF MATERIALS USED IN BUILDING
- In the June quarter 2009, the increase in the price of materials for housing construction in Western Australia was 0.4%, lower than for the previous quarter (1.2%).
- Through the year to June 2009, the price index for these materials rose by just over 7%. This was over 1 percentage point more than the national rise. Perth had the second largest annual price increase after Adelaide (almost 10%).
4 Price index of materials used in house building(a), By material - Perth
Mar Qtr 2009 to Jun Qtr 2009
Jun Qtr 2008 to Jun Qtr 2009
|Material group |
|All groups |
|Timber, board and joinery |
|Ceramic products |
|Concrete, cement and sand |
|Cement products |
|Steel products |
|Other metal products |
|Plumbing products |
|Electrical equipment |
|Installed gas and electrical appliances |
|Other materials |
|(a) Reference base of each index: 1989-90 = 100.0 |
|Source: Producer Price Indexes, Australia, cat. no. 6427.0. |
- The price of steel products continued to drive the overall price increase in building materials in the year to June 2009. Despite falling 2.7% from the March quarter 2009, the steel products component of the index was 34% higher than in the June quarter 2008. This increase is closely aligned to the national increase of 28% over the same period.
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