Quarterly Construction Activity

29 November 2018

The ABS Released their Quarterly Construction Activity numbers this week which showed that total construction activity continued to decline last quarter with total construction down -2.8% on last quarter and -16.9% on the same period last year. A closer look at the overall numbers shows that the annual decline is mostly driven by fluctuations in engineering construction activities which are down -34% from an unusual spike in activity in the Sept Quarter last year, but also down -11.4% on a rolling 4 quarter basis. Residential Activity is down -1% for the quarter but is 5.4% higher than the same quarter last year and on a rolling 4 quarter average is up 1.3%. NSW continues to show strong levels of residential activity up 0.8% for the quarter and up 2.1% on a rolling 4 quarter basis, and Victoria showed the largest decline for the quarter down -3.9%, but still with a strong 4 quarter rolling increase of 9.9%. Queensland continues to show declines with -1.8% drop in activity on last quarter and a -1.6% decline on the 4 quarter rolling basis. Non Residential Construction activity is down -2.4% in the quarter but up 2.3% on the same quarter last year and 8.6% higher on a rolling 12 month average. Again Queensland is feeling the brunt of the lower activity down -1.8% on the 4 quarter rolling basis.