8752.0 - Building Activity, Australia, Sep 2019 Quality Declaration 
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September key figures

Value of work done, Chain volume measures

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

Trend estimates(a)

Value of work done
29 668.8
-1.8
-5.5
New residential building
16 115.3
-3.3
-10.6
Alterations and additions to residential building
2 202.3
-1.3
-7.4
Non-residential building
11 349.2
0.3
3.3

Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)

Value of work done
29 706.0
-0.5
-5.1
New residential building
16 039.6
-3.4
-11.0
Alterations and additions to residential building
2 213.8
-0.3
-8.3
Non-residential building
11 452.6
3.8
5.4

(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 1.8% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building work done fell 0.5% to $29,706.0m following a fall of 4.3% in the June quarter.


New Residential Building Work Done
  • The trend estimate of the value of new residential building work done fell 3.3% in the September quarter. The value of work done on new houses fell 2.2%, while new other residential building fell 4.5%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of new residential building work done fell 3.4% to $16,039.6m. Work done on new houses fell 3.0% to $8,848.5m, while new other residential building fell 4.0% to $7,191.1m.


Non-Residential Work Done
  • The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building work done rose 0.3% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of non-residential building work done in the quarter rose 3.8% following a fall of 4.7% in the June quarter.


Dwelling units commenced

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

Trend estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
42 065
-4.7
-23.5
New private sector houses
24 810
-4.9
-15.4
New private sector other residential building
16 354
-4.9
-34.0

Seasonally adjusted estimates

Total dwelling units commenced
40 746
-11.7
-27.2
New private sector houses
24 467
-5.0
-17.0
New private sector other residential building
15 205
-22.4
-40.6


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 4.7% in the September quarter following a fall of 5.6% in the June quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 11.7% to 40,746 dwellings in the September quarter following a rise of 1.5% in the June quarter.


New Private Sector Houses
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 4.9% in the September quarter following a fall of 4.4% in the June quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 5.0% to 24,467 dwellings in the September quarter following a fall of 9.3% in the June quarter.


New Private Sector Other Residential Building
  • The trend estimate for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 4.9% in the September quarter following a fall of 7.5% in the June quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building fell 22.4% to 15,205 dwellings in the September quarter following a rise of 19.2% in the June quarter.


Notes
Forthcoming issues
Issue (Quarter) Release Date
December 2019 15 April 2020
March 2020 15 July 2020



About this issue

This publication updates the preliminary estimates released in Construction Work Done, Australia (cat. no. 8755.0) on 27 November 2019. 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 September quarter 2019 will be released in the next release of this publication, Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 15 April 2020.


Changes this issue

A new base year, 2017-18, has been introduced in the chain volume estimates resulting in revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. In addition, the chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2017-18, preserving additivity in the quarters after the reference year. Re-referencing affects the levels of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates. For further information, see the explanatory notes.


Significant revisions this issue

Compared to the estimate published in Building Activity, Australia June 2019 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 9 October 2019:
  • the total value of work done in Australia during the June 2019 quarter has been revised upwards by $394.3m or 1.3%.
  • the total value of work commenced in Australia during the June 2019 quarter has been revised upwards $1,224.6m or 4.4%. This was driven by an upward revision to total residential commencements of $160.7m (0.9%), and an upward revision to total non-residential commencements of $1,063.9m (10.4%).
  • the number of dwelling unit commencements in the June 2019 quarter has been revised downwards by 251 dwellings or -0.5%.


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.


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