8755.0 - Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Sep 2018  
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep qtr 18
Jun qtr 18 to Sep qtr 18
Sep qtr 17 to Sep qtr 18
$m
% change
% change

TREND ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
Building
30 470.2
0.7
5.5
Residential
19 889.7
1.5
7.2
Non-residential
10 583.9
-0.9
2.6
Engineering
23 510.6
-0.8
5.8
Total construction
53 980.4
-
5.6

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES(a)

Value of work done
Building
30 116.1
-1.5
4.3
Residential
19 630.0
-1.0
5.4
Non-residential
10 486.1
-2.4
2.3
Engineering
23 027.5
-4.5
-34.4
Total construction
53 143.6
-2.8
-16.9

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Reference year for Chain Volume Measures is 2016-17.

Value of construction work done, Chain Volume Measures - Trend estimates
Graph: Value of constrcution work done, Chain colume measures - Trend

Value of building work done, Chain Volume Measures - Trend estimates
Graph: Value of building work done, Chain Volume Measures—Trend estimates



SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


VALUE OF WORK DONE, CHAIN VOLUME MEASURES

TOTAL CONSTRUCTION
  • The trend estimate for total construction was flat in the September quarter 2018.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for total construction work done fell 2.8% to $53,143.6m in the September quarter.


BUILDING WORK DONE
  • The trend estimate for total building work done rose 0.7% in the September quarter.
  • The trend estimate for non-residential building work fell 0.9% and residential building work rose 1.5%.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate of total building work done fell 1.5% to $30,116.1m in the September quarter.


ENGINEERING WORK DONE
  • The trend estimate for engineering work done fell 0.8% in the September quarter.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate for engineering work done fell 4.5% to $23,027.5m in the September quarter.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2018 27 February 2019
March 2019 22 May 2019
June 2019 28 August 2019
September 2019 27 November 2019


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 85% of the value of both building and engineering work done during the quarter. More comprehensive and updated results will be released in Engineering Construction Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8762.0) on 16 January 2019 and in Building Activity, Australia (cat.no. 8752.0) on 16 January 2019.

A readily printable (PDF) publication is no longer released for this and future issues. Headline data items are presented in HTML format. Data series released in the Time Series Spreadsheets are maintained and produced to the same timetable currently in place for this release.


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

A new base year, 2016-17, 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 2016-17, 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 explanatory notes.


DATA NOTES

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 explanatory 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 (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.


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