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Engineering Construction Activity, Australia

Contains value of engineering construction work done, commenced and yet to be done

Reference period
March 2020
Released
1/07/2020

Key statistics

  • Trend engineering construction work done fell 0.8%.
  • Trend engineering construction work in private sector fell 1.5%.
  • Value of work commenced increased 31.3% in original terms.

Main features

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   
 For the private sector
12 125.3
-1.5
-8.4
 For the public sector(b)
8 659.2
0.3
3.3
 Total engineering construction
20 789.5
-0.8
-3.9
Seasonally adjusted estimates(a)
Value of work done   
 For the private sector
12 256.0
0.8
-6.5
 For the public sector(b)
8 582.7
-1.2
2.5
 Total engineering construction
20 838.7
-
-3.0
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
a. Reference year for chain volume measures is 2017-18.
b. Includes work done by the private sector for the public sector and work done by the public sector.

 
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March key points

Value of work done, chain volume measures

Total

  • The trend estimate for the value of total engineering construction work done fell 0.8% in the March quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total engineering construction work done was flat in the March quarter at $20,838.7m.
     

Private sector

  • The trend estimate for the value of work done for the private sector fell 1.5% in the March quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of work done for the private sector rose 0.8% in the March quarter to $12,256.0m.
     

Public sector

  • The trend estimate for the value of work done for the public sector rose 0.3% in the March quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of work done for the public sector fell 1.2% in the March quarter to $8,582.7m.
     

Value of work commenced, current prices

  • The value of work commenced in the March quarter was $23,448.4m in original terms, a increase of 31.3% from the December quarter.
     

About this issue

This publication updates the preliminary estimates released in Construction Work Done, Australia (cat. no. 8755.0) on 27 May 2020.

Data note

This release includes revisions to Engineering Construction data back to September 2017.

Several time series spreadsheets for recent quarters contain 'np' (not available for publication) annotations. This is due to confidential data being contained in these series.

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 22 to 24 of the Explanatory notes in 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 engineering construction statistics

The ABS is currently monitoring for potential impacts from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on engineering construction 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.

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.

Inquiries

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Article archive

Revisions to Engineering Construction Statistics , March quarter 2017 (cat. no. 8762.0)

A closer look at mining in Engineering Construction , March quarter 2012 (cat. no. 8762.0)

Additional Building and Construction feature articles can be found in Feature Articles by Catalogue Number

Data downloads - time series spreadsheets

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

Table 02. Value of work done, states and territories, chain volume measures

Table 03. Value of work done, by sector, Australia

Table 04. Value of work done, states and territories

Table 05. Activity, states and territories, original

Table 06. Activity, Australia, original

Table 07. Value of work commenced by the private sector, for sector, Australia, original

Table 08. Value of work done by the private sector, for sector, Australia, original

Table 09. Value of work yet to be done by the private sector, for sector, Australia, original

Table 10. Activity by the public sector, Australia, original

Table 11. Activity for the public sector, Australia, original

Table 12. Value of work commenced, by sector, New South Wales, original

Table 13. Value of work done, by sector, New South Wales, original

Table 14. Value of work yet to be done, by sector, New South Wales, original

Table 15. Value of work commenced, by sector, Victoria, original

Table 16. Value of work done, by sector, Victoria, original

Table 17. Value of work yet to be done, by sector, Victoria, original

Table 18. Value of work commenced, by sector, Queensland, original

Table 19. Value of work done, by sector, Queensland, original

Table 20. Value of work yet to be done, by sector, Queensland, original

Table 21. Value of work commenced, by sector, South Australia, original

Table 22. Value of work done, by sector, South Australia, original

Table 23. Value of work yet to be done, by sector, South Australia, original

Table 24. Value of work commenced, by sector, Western Australia, original

Table 25. Value of work done, by sector, Western Australia, original

Table 26. Value of work yet to be done, by sector, Western Australia, original

Table 27. Value of work commenced, by sector, Tasmania, original

Table 28. Value of work done, by sector, Tasmania, original

Table 29. Value of work yet to be done, by sector, Tasmania, original

Table 30. Value of work commenced, by sector, Northern Territory, original

Table 31. Value of work done, by sector, Northern Territory, original

Table 32. Value of work yet to be done, by sector, Northern Territory, original

Table 33. Value of work commenced, by sector, Australian Capital Territory, original

Table 34. Value of work done, by sector, Australian Capital Territory, original

Table 35. Value of work yet to be done, by sector, Australian Capital Territory, original

Table 36. Value of work done by the private sector, for sector, states and territories, original

Table 37. Value of work done by the public sector, by level of government, states and territories, original

Table 38. Value of work done for the public sector, by sector, states and territories, original

All time series workbooks

Data downloads - data cubes

Relative standard errors, by sector, stage and type of construction; Australia

Relative standard errors, by sector, stage and type of construction; state and Australia

Engineering construction activity: data items available by sector

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 8762.0.