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Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary

This publication presents preliminary statistics for the value of construction work done in Australia

Reference period
March 2020
Released
27/05/2020

Key statistics

In the March quarter:

  • Trend estimate for total construction fell 1.4%.
  • Seasonally adjusted estimates for:
    • Total construction fell 1.0%;
    • Building work done fell 1.0%;
    • Engineering work done fell 1.1%.

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March key figures

  Mar qtr 20Dec qtr 19 to Mar qtr 20Mar qtr 19 to Mar qtr 20
  $m% change% change
 
Trend estimates(a)
Value of work done   
 Building
28 981.1
-1.4
-6.3
 Residential
17 177.9
-2.9
-12.3
 Non-residential
11 792.8
0.7
3.9
 Engineering
20 583.3
-1.3
-4.8
 Total construction
49 546.7
-1.4
-5.7
 
Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)
Value of work done   
 Building
28 924.2
-1.0
-8.0
 Residential
17 246.9
-1.6
-12.5
 Non-residential
11 677.3
-
-0.3
 Engineering
20 556.9
-1.1
-4.4
 Total construction
49 481.2
-1.0
-6.5
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
a. Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2017-18.
 
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March key points

Value of work done, chain volume measures

Total construction

  • The trend estimate for total construction work done fell 1.4% in the March quarter 2020.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done fell 1.0% to $49,481.2m in the March quarter.
     

Building work done

  • The trend estimate for total building work done fell 1.4% in the March quarter 2020.
  • The trend estimate for non-residential building work done rose 0.7% and residential building work fell 2.9%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of total building work done fell 1.0% to $28,924.2m in the March quarter.
     

Engineering work done

  • The trend estimate for engineering work done fell 1.3% in the March quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for engineering work done fell 1.1% to $20,556.9m in the March quarter.
     

Construction work done, chain volume measures

Trend percentage change

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The trend estimate for total construction work done fell 1.4% this quarter and has fallen for eight quarters.

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The trend estimate for engineering construction work done fell 1.3% this quarter and has fallen for eight quarters.

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The trend estimate for total building work done fell 1.4% this quarter and has fallen for six quarters.

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The trend estimate for residential building work done fell 2.9% this quarter and has fallen for six quarters.

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The trend estimate for non-residential building work done rose 0.7% this quarter and has risen for seven quarters.

Construction work done, states and territories

Chain volume measures - trend estimates

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Construction work done in New South Wales has fallen for six quarters.

Construction work done in Victoria has risen for three quarters.

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Construction work done in Queensland has fallen for eight quarters.

Construction work done in Western Australia has fallen for one quarter.

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Construction work done in South Australia has fallen for seven quarters.

Construction work done in the Northern Territory has fallen for ten quarters.

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Construction work done in Tasmania has fallen for two quarters.

Construction work done in the Australian Capital Territory has risen for two quarters.

Data notes

This release includes revisions to both the Building Activity and Engineering Construction Survey. Building Activity data have been revised back to September 2015 and Engineering Construction data have been revised back to September 2017.

Trend estimates should be used with caution due to the volatility caused by large engineering projects. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 24 to 26 of the Methodology.

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 March quarter data did not identify any 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.

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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

All time series spreadsheets

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