8755.0 - Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2020
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/05/2020
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March key points
Value of work done, chain volume measures
Building work done
Engineering work done
About this issue
This publication provides an early indication of trends in building and engineering construction activity. The data are estimates based on a response rate of approximately 75% of the value of both building and engineering work done during the quarter. This is lower than the average response rate due to difficulties collecting data this quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has not significantly impacted the quality of the estimates. More comprehensive and updated results will be released in Engineering Construction Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8762.0) on 1 July 2020 and in Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 15 July 2020.
This release includes revisions to both the Building Activity and Engineering Construction Survey. Building Activity data have been revised back to September 2015 and Engineering Construction data have been revised back to September 2017.
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 24 to 26 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.
Managing the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on construction activity statistics
The ABS is currently monitoring for potential impacts from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on construction activity statistics and will continue to do so for the period of the pandemic.
Quality assurance of March quarter data did not identify any impact to headline statistics. The designation of construction as an essential service enabled activity to progress despite social distancing restrictions implemented from late March. Since it takes some time to approve and commence an application for building construction work, there will be a lag between any change in demand, the number of applications and subsequent impacts on new work.
The ABS is actively managing the potential risks from COVID-19 to data collection operations. The ABS appreciates the support of survey respondents in continuing to provide the data to compile this publication.
New ABS Website
The ABS will be launching a new website in 2020. You will soon be able to see how this release will appear on the new website by exploring our Beta site. Regular users of this information are encouraged to explore the Beta site and consider if this will affect the way you access and consume ABS data and information. If you would like more information on the new ABS website, or want to discuss how the transition to the new site might impact you, please email newABSwebsite@abs.gov.au
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