Engineering Construction Activity, Australia

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

Reference period
September 2022
Released
11/01/2023
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Key statistics

In the September quarter:

  • Seasonally adjusted work done rose 3.5%.
  • Seasonally adjusted work done for the private sector rose 4.5%.
  • Value of work commenced rose 87.4% in original terms.
  • Trend work done rose 0.8%

Value of work done

Reinstatement of trend series

The trend series for Engineering Construction have been reviewed and reinstated.

Further details on the reinstatement of trend are available in the changes this issue section below.

 Sep Qtr 22

Jun Qtr 22 to
Sep Qtr 22

Sep Qtr 21 to
Sep Qtr 22
$m% change% change

Chain volume measures, seasonally adjusted estimate (a)

Value of work done   
 For the private sector13,645.84.51.1
 For the public sector(b)10,519.02.210.4
 Total engineering construction24,164.93.55.0

a. Reference year for chain volume measures is 2020-21.

b. Includes work done by the private sector for the public sector and work done by the public sector.

 Sep Qtr 22

Jun Qtr 22 to
Sep Qtr 22

Sep Qtr 21 to
Sep Qtr 22
$m% change% change

Chain volume measures, trend estimate (a)

Value of work done   
 For the private sector13,378.61.1-2.2
 For the public sector(b)10,442.60.46.9
 Total engineering construction23,826.30.81.6

a. Reference year for chain volume measures is 2020-21.

b. Includes work done by the private sector for the public sector and work done by the public sector.

a. Reference year for chain volume measures is 2020-21.

a. Reference year for chain volume measures is 2020-21.

Value of work done, chain volume measures

Total

The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of total engineering construction work done rose 3.5% in the September quarter to $24,164.9m. The trend estimate rose 0.8%. 

Private Sector

The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of work done for the private sector rose 4.5% in the September quarter to $13,645.8m. The trend estimate rose 1.1%.

Public Sector

The seasonally adjusted estimate for the value of work done for the public sector rose 2.2% in the September quarter to $10,519.0m. The trend estimate rose 0.4%.

Value of work commenced

Total 

The value of work commenced rose 87.4% in the September quarter to $41,512.6m in original terms.

Private Sector

The value of work commenced for the private sector in the September quarter was $19,252.8m in original terms.

Public Sector

The value of work commenced for the public sector in the September quarter was $22,259.8m in original terms.

Data downloads

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Changes this issue

Review of trend suspension

In early 2020 the ABS suspended trend series, in addition to adopting forward factors to produce affected seasonally adjusted series. The trend estimate indicates the medium to long direction of a time series. To estimate the trend, the effect of significant events like disruptions associated with COVID-19 are assigned to either the trend or irregular components of a time series. The trend series was suspended from June quarter 2020 until the length of the impacts from COVID-19 were known.

The trend series for Engineering Construction have been reviewed and been reinstated from September quarter 2022.

Over the last two years, the impacts of COVID-19 on series published in Engineering Construction have not caused multiple abrupt changes in the series level in short succession, and so it is appropriate to describe a trend level through the past two years. As a result, Engineering Construction will also be publishing a trend over the previous two years for relevant series.

Chain volume reference year updated

A new base year, 2020-21, 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 2020-21, 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 section.

About this release

This publication updates the preliminary estimates released in Construction Work Done, Australia on 30 November 2022. This release includes revisions to Engineering Construction data back to June 2022.

Data notes

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.  

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 8762.0

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