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


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

Work done

Work commenced

Non‑residential construction

Non‑residential building approvals

Residential construction

Residential building approvals

Explanatory notes