PRICE INDEXES OF MATERIALS USED IN BUILDING
4 PRICE INDEXES OF MATERIALS USED IN HOUSE BUILDING (a), By material - Perth
Jun Qtr 2009 to Sep Qtr 2009
Sep Qtr 2008 to Sep Qtr 2009
|Material group |
|All groups |
|Timber, board and joinery |
|Ceramic products |
|Concrete, cement and sand |
|Cement products |
|Steel products |
|Other metal products |
|Plumbing products |
|Electrical equipment |
|Installed gas and electrical appliances |
|Other materials |
|- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells) |
|(a) Reference base of each index: 1989-90 = 100.0 |
|Source: Producer Price Indexes, Australia (cat. no. 6427.0). |
- In the September quarter 2009, there was a small decrease (-0.4%) in the price index of materials for housing construction in Perth. This was the first decrease recorded since September 2001. The fall in the price of steel (-8.6%), which had climbed steeply over previous quarters, contributed significantly to this decrease.
- Through the year to September 2009, the price index for materials used in house building rose by 2.4%. This was marginally higher than the national rise (2.3%), with Hobart (4.4%) having the largest annual increase and Brisbane (0.9%) the lowest.
- The price of metal products other than steel (9.7%), ceramic products (5%) and cement products (4.5%) helped drive the overall price increase in building materials in the year to September 2009.
- In contrast, the steel products price index decreased in annual terms (down 2%) despite significant increases prior to the September quarter. The electrical equipment index also decreased slightly over the year (down 0.5%).
This link takes you to Producer Price Indexes, Sep 2009 (cat. no. 6427.0) Tables 16 and 17 contain data on prices of materials used in house building