8752.0 - Building Activity, Australia, Sep 2018 Quality Declaration 
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES



VALUE OF WORK DONE, CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES

Sep qtr 18
Jun qtr 18 to Sep qtr 18
Sep qtr 17 to Sep qtr 18
$m
% change
% change

TREND ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
30 356.0
0.4
5.2
New residential building
17 488.7
0.9
6.5
Alterations and additions to residential building
2 274.5
1.8
6.9
Non-residential building
10 592.6
-0.9
2.7

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
29 866.2
-2.7
3.5
New residential building
17 098.0
-3.6
3.3
Alterations and additions to residential building
2 282.3
3.4
10.3
Non-residential building
10 486.0
-2.6
2.3

(a) Reference year for chain volume measures is 2016-17

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



VALUE OF WORK DONE, CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES

BUILDING WORK DONE
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building work done rose 0.4% in the September 2018 quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of total building work done fell 2.7% to $29,866.2m in the September quarter, following a rise of 2.4% in the June 2018 quarter.


NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WORK DONE
  • The trend estimate of the value of new residential building work done rose 0.9% in the September quarter. The value of work done on new houses rose 1.1%, while new other residential building rose 0.7%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of new residential building work done fell 3.6% to $17,098.0m. Work done on new houses fell 4.9% to $9,072.9m, while new other residential building fell 2.0% to $8,025.0m.


NON-RESIDENTIAL WORK DONE
  • The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building work done fell 0.9% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of non-residential building work done in the quarter fell 2.6%, following a rise of 0.7% in the June quarter.


DWELLING UNITS COMMENCED

Sep qtr 18
Jun qtr 17 to Sep qtr 18
Sep qtr 17 to Sep qtr 18
no.
% change
% change

TREND ESTIMATES

Total dwelling units commenced
56 722
-2.0
3.3
New private sector houses
29 690
-1.9
2.8
New private sector other residential building
26 295
-1.8
6.0

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES

Total dwelling units commenced
54 803
-5.7
-2.2
New private sector houses
29 093
-4.2
1.3
New private sector other residential building
24 850
-8.4
-5.0

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 2.0% in the September quarter following a fall of 0.5% in the June quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the total number of dwelling units commenced fell 5.7% to 54,803 dwellings in the September quarter following a fall of 4.7% in the June quarter.


NEW PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES
  • The trend estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 1.9% in the September quarter following a fall of 0.4% in the June quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector house commencements fell 4.2% to 29,093 dwellings in the September quarter following a fall of 2.4% in the June quarter.


NEW PRIVATE SECTOR OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
  • The trend estimate for new private sector other residential building commencements fell 1.8% in the September quarter following a rise of 0.2% in the June quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for new private sector other residential building fell 8.4% to 24,850 dwellings in the September quarter following a fall of 5.3% in the June quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2018 10 April 2019
March 2018 10 July 2019



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This publication updates the preliminary estimates released in Construction Work Done, Australia (cat. no. 8755.0) on 28 November 2018. 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 2018 will be released in the next release of this publication, Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 10 April 2019.


CHANGES THIS ISSUE

A new base year, 2016-17, 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 2016-17, 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 quarter 2018 (cat. no. 8752.0) released on 10 October 2018:
  • the total value of work done in Australia during the June quarter 2018 has been revised upwards by $827.2m or 2.6%.
  • the total value of work commenced in Australia during the June quarter 2018 has been revised upwards by $2,011.0m or 6.4%. This was driven by a 11.2% ($1,220.7m) revision to non-residential commencements and a 3.9% ($790.3m) revision to residential commencements.
  • the number of dwelling unit commencements in the June quarter 2018 has been revised upwards by 1,246 dwellings or 2.2%.

A feature article included in the December 2015 Building Activity, Australia (cat no. 8752.0) publication explains the potential sources of revisions in more detail.


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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