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Building Activity, Australia

Provides estimates of value of building work and number of dwellings commenced, completed, under construction and in the pipeline

Reference period
June 2021
Released
13/10/2021
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    Building Activity, Australia, September 2021
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    Building Activity, Australia, December 2021
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Key statistics

In seasonally adjusted terms in the June quarter:

  • Total dwelling unit commencements rose 23.2% to 64,596 dwellings.
  • New private sector house commencements rose 13.7% to 40,820 dwellings.
  • New private sector other residential commencements rose 47.5% to 22,515 dwellings.
  • The value of total building work done fell -0.2% to $30.3b.

This release includes data on average commencement times, average completion times and abandonment rates for new dwellings in the Data downloads section. For more information about these data please see the June 2019 feature articles in the Article archive section.

Number of dwellings commenced

 

 Jun qtr 21
no.
Mar qtr 21 to Jun qtr 21
% change
Jun qtr 20 to Jun qtr 21
% change

Seasonally adjusted

Total dwelling units commenced64,59623.252.8
New private sector houses40,82013.758.9
New private sector other residential building22,51547.545.1

 

 

The total number of dwelling units commenced rose 23.2% to a record high of 64,596 dwellings in the June quarter, in seasonally adjusted terms. Private sector new house commencements rose 13.7% to a record high of 40,820 dwellings, following a 6.0% rise in the March quarter. Private other residential dwelling commencements rose 47.5% to 22,515 dwellings, following a -9.6% fall in the March quarter.

Value of work done

Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2018-2019

 Jun qtr 21
$m
Mar qtr 21 to Jun qtr 21
% change
Jun qtr 20 to Jun qtr 21
% change

Seasonally adjusted chain volume measures

Total value of work done30,333.8-0.22.0
New residential building15,918.0-0.74.7
Alterations and additions to residential building2,796.4-1.921.5
Non-residential building11,619.40.9-5.1



 

The value of total building work done fell -0.2% to $30.3b in the June quarter, in seasonally adjusted terms. The fall was driven by new residential building work done, which fell -0.7% to $15.9b. Work done on new houses fell -0.4% to $9.9b, while new other residential building fell -1.3% to $6.1b. Non-residential building work done rose 0.9% to $11.6b.

Data downloads

Time series spreadsheets

Data files

File contents

The Building Activity: Australia data cube contains original current price data at finer levels of building type than is available in the time series spreadsheets.

The Building Activity: Australia pivot table contains the following data items
Data itemClassification
State/TerritoryAll States and Territories
Reference quarterQuarterly (September 2001 to current)
Sector of ownershipPrivate, Public, Total
Type of buildingHouses
 Semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses - One storey
 Semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses - Two or more storeys
 Semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses - Total
 Apartments - In a one or two storey block
 Apartments - In a three storey block
 Apartments - In a four to eight storey block
 Apartments - Nine or more storeys
 Apartments - Total including those attached to a house
 Total other residential
 Total residential
 Retail and wholesale trade buildings
 Transport buildings
 Offices
 Commercial buildings n.e.c
 Commercial buildings - Total
 Factories and other secondary production buildings
 Warehouses
 Agricultural and aquacultural buildings
 Other industrial buildings n.e.c.
 Industrial buildings - Total
 Education buildings
 Religious buildings
 Aged care facilities
 Health buildings
 Entertainment and recreation buildings
 Short term accommodation buildings
 Other non-residential n.e.c.
 Other non-residential - Total
 Total non-residential
 Dwellings excluding new residential
 Dwellings excluding houses
 Total
Type of workNew
 Total alterations and additions (incl. refurbishment and conversion)
 Total
Data itemsValue of work done during quarter ($m)
 Value of work yet to be done ($m)
 Value of work in pipeline ($m)
 Value of work not yet commenced ($m)
 Value of work commenced ($m)
 Value of work completed ($m)
 Value of work under construction ($m)
 Dwelling units not yet commenced (no.)
 Dwelling units commenced (no.)
 Dwelling units completed (no.)
 Dwelling units under construction (no.)
Data files

About this issue

This publication updates the preliminary estimates released in Construction Work Done, Australia on 25 August 2021. The data in this publication are based on a response rate of approximately 85% of the value of building work done during the quarter. This is lower than the average response rate due to difficulties collecting data as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The data are subject to revision when returns from the following quarter are processed. Final data for the June 2021 quarter will be released in the next release of this publication, Building Activity, Australia on 19 January 2022.

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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Changes this release

Revisions

Compared to the estimate published in Building Activity, Australia March 2021 released on 14 July 2021:

  • the total value of work done in Australia during the March 2021 quarter has been revised upwards by $178.2m or 0.6% (original, current price). 
  • the total value of work commenced in Australia during the March 2021 quarter has been revised upwards $1,669.7m or 5.5% (original, current price). This was driven by an upward revision to total non-residential commencements of $1,150.4m (10.0%), and an upward revision to total residential commencements of $519.3m (2.7%).
  • the number of dwelling unit commencements in the March 2021 quarter has been revised upwards by 406 dwellings or 0.8% (original).

Suspension of trend series

The trend series attempts to measure underlying behaviour in construction activity. This measurement will be significantly affected by changes to regular patterns in activity during this time, as the construction industry faces on-going uncertainty. If the trend estimates in this publication were to be calculated without fully accounting for this irregular event, they would likely provide a misleading view of underlying building activity.

It may be some time before the underlying trend in building activity can be accurately estimated. The trend series have therefore been suspended starting from June 2020. The trend series will be reinstated when more certainty emerges in the underlying trend. 

Update to seasonal adjustment methods

Building Activity uses the concurrent seasonal adjustment method. This means that seasonal factors are re-estimated each time a new data point becomes available. Not accounting for unusual real-world events, such as COVID-19, can distort estimates calculated using this method.

From September 2020, seasonal factors are being calculated using data up to and including June 2020. These are then projected from September 2020 onwards, for:

  •  Private and total sector non-residential building work done in Victoria.

From December 2020, seasonal factors are being calculated using data up to and including September 2020. These are then projected from December 2020 onwards, for:

  • New houses and alterations and additions to residential commencement series in all states and territories.

From March 2021, seasonal factors are being calculated using data up to and including December 2020. These are then projected from March 2021 onwards, for:

  • Private and total sector non-residential building work done in Queensland, and
  • new houses and alterations and additions to residential work done series in all states and territories.

This approach, known as the forward factor method, ensures that the seasonal factors are not distorted by COVID-19 impacts.

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8752.0.

Post release changes

10/11/2021 - This additional information release contains a small area CSV file of experimental dwelling completions for the September 2016 quarter 2016 to the June 2021 quarter. Refer to the feature article, Small Area Dwelling Completions, for the methodology used.