For this industry, analysis is provided on the Northern Territory’s (NT) construction activity for residential and non-residential buildings, engineering construction activity, building approvals, as well as construction work yet to be done, detailing both private sector and public sector estimates.

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Economic contribution | Contribution to employment | Engineering constructionNon‑residential construction | Residential construction | Explanatory notes


Over the past seven years, the NT construction industry has been heavily influenced by works for the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, as well as other resource-related developments. During this period of strong economic expansion, the NT also realised a surge in residential construction activity, which peaked at historically high levels in 2013-14. Following the completion of the Ichthys LNG project, construction activity across all components has declined significantly.

Economic contribution

Contribution to employment

Engineering construction

Work done

Work commenced

Non‑residential construction

Non‑residential building approvals

Residential construction

Residential building approvals

Explanatory notes