Construction


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 and public sector estimates.

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

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Historically, the NT’s construction industry has been heavily influenced by resource-related projects. The strong economic expansion from 2011 to 2018, primarily driven by the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, prompted a surge in engineering construction that peaked at record levels in 2015. Residential and non-residential construction activity also experienced an increase in activity, albeit at lower levels of growth. Following the completion of the Ichthys LNG project, construction activity across all components has significantly declined.

Economic contribution

Contribution to employment

Engineering construction

Engineering construction includes mining, oil and gas, and other heavy industry and utility‑related developments, as well as infrastructure including roads, highways, railways and bridges

Work done

In the year to March 2020:

Work commenced

In the year March 2020:

Non‑residential construction

Non‑residential building includes hotels and other non‑residential accommodation facilities, shopping centres, factories, offices, warehouses, schools, medical centres, correctional facilities and other similar buildings.

Work done

In the year to March 2020

Building approvals

Building approvals can be used as a leading indicator to determine the trend of construction-related activity, which measures the number and value of building work approved for non-residential buildings.

In the year to May 2020:

Residential construction

Work done

In the year to March 2020:

Building approvals

Building approvals can be used as a leading indicator to determine the trend of construction-related activity, which measures the number and value of building work approved for residential buildings.

In the year to May 2020:

Explanatory notes