8755.0 - Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2020  
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March key figures

Mar qtr 20
Dec qtr 19 to Mar qtr 20
Mar qtr 19 to Mar qtr 20
$m
% change
% change

Trend estimates(a)

Value of work done
Building
28 981.1
-1.4
-6.3
Residential
17 177.9
-2.9
-12.3
Non-residential
11 792.8
0.7
3.9
Engineering
20 583.3
-1.3
-4.8
Total construction
49 546.7
-1.4
-5.7

Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)

Value of work done
Building
28 924.2
-1.0
-8.0
Residential
17 246.9
-1.6
-12.5
Non-residential
11 677.3
-
-0.3
Engineering
20 556.9
-1.1
-4.4
Total construction
49 481.2
-1.0
-6.5

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2017-18.

Value of construction work done, Chain Volume Measures - Trend estimates
Graph: Value of constrcution work done, Chain colume measures - Trend

Value of building work done, Chain Volume Measures - Trend estimates
Graph: Value of building work done, Chain Volume Measures—Trend estimates



March key points


Value of work done, chain volume measures

Total construction
  • The trend estimate for total construction work done fell 1.4% in the March quarter 2020.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done fell 1.0% to $49,481.2m in the March quarter.


Building work done
  • The trend estimate for total building work done fell 1.4% in the March quarter 2020.
  • The trend estimate for non-residential building work done rose 0.7% and residential building work fell 2.9%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of total building work done fell 1.0% to $28,924.2m in the March quarter.


Engineering work done
  • The trend estimate for engineering work done fell 1.3% in the March quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for engineering work done fell 1.1% to $20,556.9m in the March quarter.


Notes

Forthcoming issues

Issue (Quarter) Release Date
June 2020 26 August 2020
September 2020 25 November 2020
December 2020 24 February 2021
March 2021 26 May 2021


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.


Data notes

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

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