8752.0 - Building Activity, Australia, Dec 2019 Quality Declaration 
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December key figures

Value of work done, Chain volume measures

Dec qtr 19
Sep qtr 19 to Dec qtr 19
Dec qtr 18 to Dec qtr 19
$m
% change
% change

Trend estimates(a)

Value of work done
29 185.3
-2.1
-6.3
New residential building
15 329.2
-4.3
-13.5
Alterations and additions to residential building
2 225.5
-0.3
-4.8
Non-residential building
11 627.4
0.6
4.7

Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)

Value of work done
28 900.5
-4.7
-7.3
New residential building
15 190.6
-5.9
-14.4
Alterations and additions to residential building
2 214.0
-2.0
-5.4
Non-residential building
11 495.9
-3.6
3.7

(a) Reference year for chain volume measures is 2017-18

Value of work done, Chain volume measures
Graph: Value of work done, Chain volume measures

Value of work done, Chain volume measures - Trend estimates
Graph: Value of work done, chain volume measures  Trend estimates




Building Work Done
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building work done fell 2.1% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building work done fell 4.7% to $28,900.5m following a rise of 1.6% in the September quarter.


New Residential Building Work Done
  • The trend estimate of the value of new residential building work done fell 4.3% in the December quarter. The value of work done on new houses fell 4.0%, while new other residential building fell 4.6%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of new residential building work done fell 5.9% to $15,190.6m. Work done on new houses fell 5.9% to $8,373.3m, while new other residential building fell 5.9% to $6,817.3m.


Non-Residential Work Done
  • The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building work done rose 0.6% in the December quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of non-residential building work done in the quarter fell 3.6% following a rise of 8.2% in the September quarter.


Dwelling units commenced

Dec qtr 19
Sep qtr 19 to Dec qtr 19
Dec qtr 18 to Dec qtr 19
no.
% change
% change

Trend estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
41 092
-3.5
-18.0
New private sector houses
24 400
-3.5
-13.7
New private sector other residential building
15 896
-3.8
-24.2

Seasonally adjusted estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
41 612
1.2
-15.2
New private sector houses
24 931
0.0
-8.8
New private sector other residential building
16 002
4.7
-22.1

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
Dwelling units commenced
Graph: Dwelling units commenced

Private dwellings commenced, Trend estimates
Graph: Private dwellings commenced Trend estimates




Total Dwellings
  • The trend estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 3.5% in the December quarter following a fall of 3.8% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced rose 1.2% to 41,612 dwellings in the December quarter following a fall of 10.7% in the September quarter.


New Private Sector Houses
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 3.5% in the December quarter following a fall of 3.7% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements was flat in the December quarter following a fall of 3.4% in the September quarter.


New Private Sector Other Residential Building
  • The trend estimate for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 3.8% in the December quarter following a fall of 3.9% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building rose 4.7% to 16,002 dwellings in the December quarter following a fall of 21.4% in the September quarter.


Notes

Forthcoming issues
Issue (Quarter) Release Date
March 2020 15 July 2020
June 2020 14 October 2020

About this issue

This publication updates the preliminary estimates released in Construction Work Done, Australia (cat. no. 8755.0) on 26 February 2020. The data in this publication are based on a response rate of approximately 90% of the value of building work done during the quarter. The data are subject to revision when returns from the following quarter are processed. Final data for the December quarter 2019 will be released in the next release of this publication, Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 15 July 2020.


Changes this issue

This publication contains feature articles and associated data cubes relating to:
  • Characteristics of apartment building heights
  • Characteristics of new residential dwellings


Significant revisions this issue

Compared to the estimate published in Building Activity, Australia September 2019 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 15 January 2020:
  • the total value of work done in Australia during the September 2019 quarter has been revised upwards by $980.5m or 3.1%.
  • the total value of work commenced in Australia during the September 2019 quarter has been revised  upwards $1,439.1m or 4.8%. This was driven by an upward revision to total residential commencements of $164.2m (1.0%), and an upward revision to total non-residential commencements of $1,274.9m (9.8%).
  • the number of dwelling unit commencements in the September 2019 quarter has been revised upwards by 349 dwellings or 0.8%.


Data note

Several time series spreadsheets contain 'np' (not available for publication) annotations from the September quarter 2012 onwards. This is due to confidential data being contained in these series.


Bushfires and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The recent bushfire events and COVID-19 did not result in significant impacts to Building Activity statistics in December 2019. Whilst it is expected that bushfire rebuilding and recovery activity will have some impact on future Building Activity, this activity is not yet present in the December estimates. The ABS is monitoring for anticipated impacts from COVID-19 on Building Activity statistics in future quarters.


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