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Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary

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

Reference period
June 2020
Released
26/08/2020
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Key statistics

Seasonally adjusted estimates for:

  • Total construction fell 0.7%;
  • Building work done fell 3.9%;
  • Engineering work done rose 3.8%.

Main features

June key figures

 Jun qtr 20Mar qtr 20 to Jun qtr 20Jun qtr 19 to Jun qtr 20
$m% change% change
  Trend estimates(a) 
Value of work done   
 Buildingnanana
 Residentialnanana
 Non-residentialnanana
 Engineeringnanana
 Total constructionnanana
 Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)
Value of work done   
 Building28 416.7-3.9-5.3
 Residential16 642.9-5.5-12.1
 Non-residential11 773.8-1.56.2
 Engineering21 712.13.82.2
 Total construction50 128.8-0.7-2.2
na not available
a. Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2017-18.

 
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June key points

Value of work done, chain volume measures

Total construction

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done fell 0.7% to $50,128.8m in the June quarter.
     

Building work done

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of total building work done fell 3.9% to $28,416.7m in the June quarter.
     

Engineering work done

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for engineering work done rose 3.8% to $21,712.1m in the June quarter.
     

Data 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 June quarter data did not identify any significant 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.

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.

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    Data downloads - time series spreadsheets

    Table 01. Value of construction work done, by sector, chain volume measures, Australia

    Table 02. Value of construction work done, by sector, current prices, Australia

    Table 03. Value of building work done, by sector, chain volume measures, Australia

    Table 04. Value of building work done, chain volume measures, states and territories, original

    Table 05. Value of building work done, chain volume measures, states and territories, seasonally adjusted

    Table 06. Value of building work done, by sector, current prices, Australia

    Table 07. Value of building work done, by sector, current prices, states and territories, original

    Table 08. Value of construction work done, chain volume measures, states and territories

    Table 09. Value of construction work done, current prices, states and territories, original

    Table 10. Engineering construction work done, by commodity, Australia, original

    Table 11. Engineering construction work done, by commodity, states and territories, original

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    Data downloads - data cubes

    Relative standard errors, building work done - Australia

    Relative standard errors, building work done - states and territories

    Relative standard errors, total construction work done - states and territories

    Relative standard errors, engineering construction work done - Australia

    Relative standard errors, engineering construction work done - states and territories

    Previous catalogue number

    This release previously used catalogue number 8755.0.