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Price Index of Materials Used in Building Other than House Building


Assistant Director
Producer Price Indexes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10

Telephone: Canberra (02) 6252 6143
Facsimile: Canberra (02) 6252 7060

Email: client.services@abs.gov.au


To provide indexes for use by analysts as economic indicators. The indexes are widely used within industry for contract adjustment purposes and to monitor changes in materials prices faced by builders. They specifically relate to prices of building materials used in constructing buildings other than houses (e.g. office blocks, hotels, shopping centres, schools, hospitals, etc.) in the State capital cities. They do not purport to measure changes in prices for building materials in other localities.


The indexes measure price movements of materials delivered on site for use in the construction of buildings other than houses in the six State capital city statistical divisions. Prices are collected at the midpoint of the month to which the indexes refer, or the nearest trading day. They relate to specific standards of each material and are obtained from representative suppliers of materials used in building. The items are selected and allocated weights in accordance with the estimated average values of materials used in the construction of buildings other than houses completed in each of the six capital cities in the five years ended June 1992.

Data detail

The index includes 63 items which are combined into the 10 industry of origin groups:

  • Wood and wood products;
  • Ceramics;
  • Cement, plaster and concrete products;
  • Iron and steel products;
  • Structural metal products;
  • Sheet metal products;
  • Fabricated metal products;
  • Electrical equipment and appliances;
  • Industrial machinery and equipment; and
  • Other materials.
Geographic coverage

Australia’s six State capital cities and the weighted average of the six State capital cities.

Frequency of data availability


Historical data

Data are available from 1972.

Products and services available


Price Index of Materials Used in Building Other Than House Building (cat. no. 6407.0)

Producer and Foreign Trade Price Indexes: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6419.0)


Special data services are available on request.

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