Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary

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Provides preliminary estimates of value of total construction work done, building work done and engineering construction work done

Reference period
June 2022
Released
31/08/2022
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Key statistics

In seasonally adjusted terms in the June quarter:

  • Total construction work done fell 3.8% to $52,073.6m
  • Building work done fell 4.6% to $29,587.1m
  • Engineering work done fell 2.7% to $22,486.5m

Value of construction work done

 Jun 22Mar 22 to Jun 22Jun 21 to Jun 22
$m%%

Trend estimates(a)

Value of work done   
 Buildingnanana
 Residentialnanana
 Non-residentialnanana
 Engineeringnanana
 Total constructionnanana

Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)

Value of work done   
 Building29,587.1-4.6-4.4
 Residential17,433.2-6.8-7.6
 Non-residential12,153.9-1.10.6
 Engineering22,486.5-2.7-4.1
 Total construction52,073.6-3.8-4.3

na not available
a. Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2019-20.

 

a. Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2019-20.

The value of total construction work done fell 3.8% in the June quarter, in seasonally adjusted terms. The fall was driven by building work done, which fell 4.6% in the June quarter. Building work done is 4.4% lower than at the same time last year. Engineering Construction fell 2.7% and is 4.1% lower than at the same time last year.  

a. Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2019-20.

The value of building work done fell 4.6% in the June quarter, in seasonally adjusted terms. The decrease was driven by a fall in New-residential building work done, which fell 6.8% in the June quarter. Non-residential building work done is 1.1% lower in the June quarter, 0.6% higher than at the same time last year.

 

Value of construction work done, seasonally adjusted chain volume measures
 Jun 22Mar 22 to Jun 22Jun 21 to Jun 22
 $m%%
State/Territory
New South Wales15,612.6-1.7-4.2
Victoria14,341.0-4.80.2
Queensland9,823.0-2.9-5.5
South Australia3,461.0-2.8-3.4
Western Australia6,502.7-5.8-13.7
Tasmania861.1-4.4-6.9
Northern Territory710.57.118.8
Australian Capital Territory975.68.66.3

a. Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2019-20.

Total construction work done fell in all states and territories except for Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.

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About this issue

This publication provides an early indication of trends in building and engineering construction activity. The data are preliminary estimates with a response rate of approximately 70% of surveyed construction entities during the quarter. This is lower than the average response rate due to difficulties collecting data as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This places the data at increased risk of revision when results are updated in Engineering Construction Activity, Australia on 28 September 2022 and in Building Activity, Australia on 19 October 2022.

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 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.

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8755.0.

Changes this release

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 construction activity.

It may be some time before the underlying trend in construction 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.

Chain volume update

The method used to calculate chain volume data has been updated this quarter to improve the quality of estimates. The update has resulted in minor revisions to the level and movement of the historic Engineering Construction chain volume series.

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