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8752.0 - Building Activity, Australia, Sep 2009 Quality Declaration 
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep qtr 09
Jun qtr 09 to Sep qtr 09
Sep qtr 08 to Sep qtr 09
$m
% change
% change

TREND ESTIMATES(a)

Value of Work Done
18 207.0
-1.4
-6.5
New residential building
8 908.2
0.1
-5.0
Alterations and additions to residential building
1 508.4
-2.7
-12.1
Non-residential building
7 807.3
-2.7
-6.7

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES(a)

Value of Work Done
18 451.5
1.6
-5.3
New residential building
9 072.4
2.8
-3.9
Alterations and additions to residential building
1 543.2
3.9
-10.2
Non-residential building
7 835.9
-0.2
-5.9

(a) Chain volume measures, reference year 2007-08.

Value of work done, Chain volume measures
Graph: Value of work done, Chain volume measures

Value of work done, Chain volume measures - Trend estimates
Graph: Value of work done, Chain volume measures—Trend estimates




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


VALUE OF WORK DONE, CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES

TOTAL BUILDING
  • The trend estimate of the value of total building work done fell 1.4% in the September 2009 quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted September quarter estimate of the value of total building work done rose 1.6%, to $18,451.5m, following a fall of 3.9% in the June 2009 quarter.


NEW RESIDENTIAL
  • The trend estimate of the value of new residential building work rose 0.1% in the latest quarter, with new houses rising 0.9% and new other residential building falling 1.5%. Alterations and additions to residential building fell 2.7%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of new residential work done rose 2.8% to $9,072.4m. Work done on new houses rose 6.5% to $6,305.8m, while new other residential building fell 4.7% to $2,766.6m. Alterations and additions rose 3.9% to $1,543.2m.


NON-RESIDENTIAL
  • The trend estimate of the value of non-residential building work done in the quarter fell 2.7%. This follows a fall of 2.6% in the June quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of the value of non-residential building work done in the quarter fell 0.2%, following a fall of 6.7% in the June quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2009 14 April 2010
March 2010 14 July 2010



ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This publication updates the preliminary estimates released in Construction Work Done, Australia (cat. no. 8755.0) on 25 November 2009. The data in this publication are based on a response rate of approximately 96% of the value of building work done during the quarter. The data are subject to revision when returns from the following quarter are processed. Final data for the September quarter 2009 will be released in Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) on 14 April 2010.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

A new base year, 2007-08, has been introduced into the chain volume estimates which has resulted in revisions to growth rates in subsequent periods. In addition, the chain volume estimates have been re-referenced to 2007-08, thereby preserving additivity in the quarters after the reference year. Re-referencing affects the levels of, but not the movements in, chain volume estimates.

Commencing with this issue of this publication, the Time Series Electronic Tables 78 and 79 listed on page 52 of the June 2009 issue are no longer be available on the ABS web site. A concordance between the 1986 Functional Classification of Buildings (FCB) and the 1999 FCB is available in the classification manual - ABS Functional Classification of Buildings, 1999 (cat. no. 1268.0.55.001). Table 80 listed on page 52 of the June 2009 issue provides the Value of Work Done, Non Residential Building Classification Concordances 2001/02 - 2005/06, by Sector, Australia showing the proportion of FCB 1986 classed work assigned to each FCB 1999 publication class, by quarter.


DATA NOTES

The trend estimates should be interpreted with caution as the underlying behaviour of building activity may be affected by initiatives within the Government stimulus package, which included the "Building the Education Revolution" (BER) program and the Social Housing Initiative as well as other developments associated with global economic conditions. For more details on trend estimates, please see paragraphs 28 to 30 of the explanatory notes.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Willie Hynd on Adelaide (08) 8237 7645.


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