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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
September 2020
Released
25/11/2020
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Key statistics

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done fell 2.6% to $51,179.4m in the September quarter.
  • Building work done fell 2.0% to $28,971.2m.
  • Engineering work done fell 3.3% to $22,208.2m.

Value of construction work done

 Sep 20Jun 20 to Sep 20Sep 19 to Sep 20
$m%%
Trend estimates(a)
Value of work done   
 Buildingnanana
 Residentialnanana
 Non-residentialnanana
 Engineeringnanana
 Total constructionnanana
Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)
Value of work done   
 Building28 971.2-2.0-7.2
 Residential17 220.4-1.0-8.9
 Non-residential11 750.8-3.4-4.5
 Engineering22 208.2-3.3 0.1
 Total construction51 179.4-2.6-4.2
na not available
a. Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2018-19.

 
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The value of total construction work done fell 2.6% in the September quarter, in seasonally adjusted terms. The fall was driven by engineering construction, which fell 3.3% in the September quarter, but remains 0.1% higher than at the same time last year. Building work done fell 2.0%, and is 7.2% lower than at the same time last year. 

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The value of building work done fell 2.0% in the September quarter, in seasonally adjusted terms. The fall was driven by non-residential building work done, which fell 3.4% in the September quarter, and is 4.5% lower than at the same time last year. Residential building work done declined by 1.0%, and is 8.9% lower than at the same time last year.

Value of construction work done, chain volume measures - seasonally adjusted estimates
 Sep 20Jun 20 to Sep 20Sep 19 to Sep 20
 $m%%
State/Territory
New South Wales15 541.7-1.7  -8.1
Victoria14 028.8-5.7  -3.8
Queensland  9 732.9-2.2  -3.9
South Australia  3 003.9-0.6  -2.7
Western Australia  6 739.2-1.6   5.8
Tasmania     718.8-4.8-17.5
Northern Territory     519.8 3.9   2.6
Australian Capital Territory     894.2-8.7  -5.0
 

Total construction work done fell in all states and territories, with the exception of the Northern Territory, which rose 3.9%.

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 type of construction, Australia, original

Table 11. Engineering construction work done, by type of construction, 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

Notes

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 on 13 January 2021 and in Building Activity, Australia on 20 January 2021.

Changes in this issue

A new base year, 2018-19, 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 2018-19, 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.

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 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the September quarter

The designation of construction as an essential service enabled activity to progress despite social distancing restrictions implemented from late March. Restrictions on activity in the September quarter were limited to Victoria, where work was able to continue, although at reduced capacity for some projects. 

Federal and state-based incentives are providing support for the detached housing and renovations sectors. Private investment in the non-residential sector remains weak, with falling building approvals since June 2020, although there will be a lag between any change in demand, the number of applications and the subsequent impacts on activity.

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.

Update to seasonal adjustment methods

Building and Engineering Activity use the concurrent seasonal adjustment method, meaning that seasonal factors are re-estimated each time a new data point becomes available. If not appropriately accounted for, unusual real-world events, such as COVID-19, can distort estimates calculated using this method. From September 2020, seasonal factors for Private sector non-residential building work done in Victoria are being calculated using data up to and including June 2020, then projected from September 2020 onwards. This approach, known as the forward factor method, ensures that the seasonal factors are not distorted by COVID-19 impacts.

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8755.0.