1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Sep 2009  
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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

Percentage change
Mar Qtr 2009 to Jun Qtr 2009
Jun Qtr 2008 to Jun Qtr 2009
Material group
%
%

All groups
0.4
7.1
Timber, board and joinery
0.9
1.0
Ceramic products
2.4
3.9
Concrete, cement and sand
-0.4
3.7
Cement products
1.1
1.1
Steel products
-2.7
34.2
Other metal products
2.5
13.6
Plumbing products
-2.3
2.6
Electrical equipment
-0.3
3.1
Installed gas and electrical appliances
0.5
5.0
Other materials
-0.4
3.9

(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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