8762.0 - Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, Sep 2019 Quality Declaration 
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September key figures

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
For the private sector
12 602.0
-2.2
-10.8
For the public sector(b)
8 607.8
1.9
-9.5
Total engineering construction
21 212.7
-0.6
-10.3

Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)

Value of work done
For the private sector
12 633.5
-2.3
-8.2
For the public sector(b)
8 801.0
4.9
-8.3
Total engineering construction
21 434.6
0.5
-8.3

(a) Reference year for chain volume measures is 2017-18.
(b) Includes work done by the private sector for the public sector and work done by the public sector.

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



September key points


Value of work done, chain volume measures

Total
  • The trend estimate for the value of total engineering construction work done fell 0.6% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total engineering construction work done rose 0.5% in the September quarter to $21,434.6m.


Private sector
  • The trend estimate for the value of work done for the private sector fell 2.2% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of work done for the private sector fell 2.3% in the September quarter to $12,633.5m.


Public sector
  • The trend estimate for the value of work done for the public sector rose 1.9% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of work done for the public sector rose 4.9% in the September quarter to $8,801.0m.


Value of work commenced, current prices
  • The value of work commenced in the September quarter was $19,907.3m in original terms, a decrease of 16.1% from the June quarter.


Notes

Forthcoming issues

Issue (Quarter) Release Date
December 2019 25 March 2020
March 2020 01 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.


Changes this issue

A new base year, 2017-2018, has been introduced into the chain volume estimates which has resulted in revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. In addition, the chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2017-2018, thereby preserving additivity in the quarters after the reference year. Re-referencing affects the levels of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates.


Data note

This release includes revisions to Engineering Construction data back to June 2019.

Several time series spreadsheets for recent quarters contain 'np' (not available for publication) annotations. This is due to confidential data being contained in these series.

Trend estimates should be used with caution due to the volatility caused by large engineering projects. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 22 to 24 of the explanatory notes.

Mining projects tend to be complex in structure and comprise a number of different investment activities including exploration, engineering construction, plant and equipment and buildings. A feature article released in the March 2012 issue of Private New Capital Expenditure and Expected Expenditure, Australia (cat. no. 5625.0) provides a summary of the conceptual basis of the relevant ABS publications that measure investment in Australia, using a hypothetical mining project to illustrate how this investment is reflected in ABS data.


Inquiries

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.