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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
September 2021
Released
19/01/2022

Key statistics

In seasonally adjusted terms in the September quarter:

  • Total dwelling unit commencements fell -16.3% to 56,617 dwellings.
  • New private sector house commencements fell -16.3% to 35,521 dwellings.
  • New private sector other residential commencements fell -16.3% to 20,041 dwellings.
  • The value of total building work done fell -1.6% to $30.6b.

Number of dwellings commenced

 

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

Seasonally adjusted

Total dwelling units commenced56,617-16.330.8
New private sector houses35,521-16.331.3
New private sector other residential building20,041-16.331.1

 

 

The total number of dwelling units commenced in Australia fell 16.3% to 56,617 dwellings in the September quarter, in seasonally adjusted terms. Private sector house commencements fell 16.3% to 35,521 dwellings, following a rise of 18.9% in the June quarter. Private sector other residential commencements fell 16.3% to 20,041 dwellings, following a rise of 54.1% in the June quarter.

Value of work done

Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2019-2020

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

Seasonally adjusted chain volume measures

Total value of work done30,556.7-1.63.5
New residential building15,792.5-2.64.4
Alterations and additions to residential building2,941.77.819.2
Non-residential building11,822.4-2.3-0.9



 

The value of total building work done fell 1.6% to $30.6b in the September quarter, in seasonally adjusted terms. New residential building work done fell 2.6% to $15.8b. This was driven by new other residential building, which fell 8.8% to $5.5b, while new houses rose 1.2% to $10.3b. Non-residential building work done fell 2.3% to $11.8b, following a rise of 3.4% in the June quarter.

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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.)
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Data Explorer datasets

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Building Activity by state - value of building work and number of dwellings commenced, completed, under construction and in the pipeline.

About this issue

This publication updates the preliminary estimates released in Construction Work Done, Australia on 24 November 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 September 2021 quarter will be released in the next release of this publication, Building Activity, Australia on 13 April 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 June 2021 released on 10 November 2021:

  • the total value of work done in Australia during the June 2021 quarter has been revised upwards by $681.0m or 2.1% (original, current price). 
  • the total value of work commenced in Australia during the June 2021 quarter has been revised upwards $2,943.6m or 7.3% (original, current price). There was an upward revision to total non-residential commencements of $1,545.8m (10.5%), and an upward revision to total residential commencements of $1,397.9m (5.4%).
  • the number of dwelling unit commencements in the June 2021 quarter has been revised upwards by 2,603 dwellings or 4.0% (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. 

Extraordinary Annual Seasonal Review

The Extraordinary Annual Seasonal Review undertaken this quarter has individually assessed each series to determine how each observation should be treated for estimation of the seasonal factors used to seasonally adjust the current end of the series. This process has ensured disruption to series caused by COVID-19 does not unduly affect estimates of the seasonal factors.

For series which have used the forward factors method (see list below), revisions to the seasonally adjusted series are likely to be larger than the revisions historically observed each quarter when concurrent adjustment was used. Series which have used forward factors have used static seasonal factor estimates since COVID-19 impacts were observed, and the review has updated these seasonal factor estimates. When concurrent adjustment is used, revisions to the seasonally adjusted estimates will typically be smaller because seasonal factor estimates are updated quarterly on the basis of the addition of just one extra data point.

The following Building Activity series previously used the forward factor method:

  • Private and total sector non-residential building work done in Victoria (since September 2020 quarter) and Queensland (since March 2021 quarter).
  • New houses and alterations and additions to residential commencement series in all states and territories (since December 2020 quarter)
  • New houses and alterations and additions to residential work done series in all states and territories (since March 2021 quarter).

Reference year update

A new base year, 2019-20, has been introduced in the chain volume estimates resulting in revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. In addition, the chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2019-20, preserving additivity in the quarters after the reference year. Re-referencing affects the levels of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates. For further information, see the methodology.

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8752.0.

Post release changes

21/1/2022 - Time series spreadsheets 28, 34, 35 and 38 have been updated to correct missing historical data in some series.