Hammered home: A sharp decline in residential building construction has affected divisional revenue

Divergent demand trends in downstream markets have affected the Construction division's performance over the past five years. While building construction markets have been subdued over the period, demand for non-building construction surged to a record high in 2013-14 before winding back due to project completions. Division revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 0.5% over the five years through 2017-18, to $358.3 billion. However, this includes a forecast 4.0% decline over 2017-18, stemming from the scaling back of investment in infrastructure and residential building projects. These declines are expected to outweigh the continued growth in non-residential building construction and robust demand from new road and bridge projects...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$358bn
Annual Growth 13-18
0.5%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
987,000
Businesses
361,350

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Divergent demand trends have affected the division’s performance over the past five years
  • The flow of investment in large-scale apartment developments has provided stimulus for some contractors
  • Wider profit margins across building and infrastructure markets will aid divisional profitability
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Divergent trends across building and infrastructure industries over the past five years have affected the performance of the Construction division. Overall, the division has grown marginally over the past five years, supported by the cyclical growth in the residential and non-residential building segments in response to the solid growth in Australia’s population and record low interest rates. However, the division’s performance has been negatively affected by the sharp decline in activity from heavy and civil engineering construction markets, stemming from the scaling back of investment on resource developments, as well as weaker government spending on non-building infrastructure, such as new power generation capacity and water supply resources...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Construction Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Construction Industry are

  • Ability to expand and curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Competing on tender
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Private non-residential construction capital expenditure and Capital expenditure on private dwellings in the Construction industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Construction Industry?

    Construction firms primarily construct buildings, roads, railroads, harbour or river works, transmission lines, pipelines and oil refineries. These firms are also involved in civil engineering and irrigation projects, and construct water, gas, electricity and sewerage infrastructure. Some construction firms also carry out repairs and renovations, prepare mine sites, install utilities, and are involved in demolitions and excavations.

    Industry Products
  • Heavy industry and civil engineering construction
  • Residential building construction
  • Non-residential building construction
  • Building completion services
  • Building structure services
  • Installation trade services
  • Site preparation and other construction services
  • Industry Activities
  • General construction
  • Construction trade services
  • Installation trade services
  • Residential construction
  • Non-residential construction
  • Site preparation and other construction
  • Building completion services
  • Building structure services
  • Heavy industry and non-building construction
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Private non-residential construction capital expenditure
  • Capital expenditure on private dwellings
  • Capital expenditure by the public sector
  • year bond rate
  • Population
  • Residential housing loan rates

  • Current Performance
  • Enterprises and profitability
  • Division drivers
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit and jobs growth
  • Residential developments
  • Commercial growth
  • Engineering construction
  • Table: Construction Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Construction Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Building Societies
  • Architectural Services
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Retail Property Operators

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Finance
  • Integrated Logistics
  • Professional Services
  • Wholesale Trade

  • Products & Services
  • Residential building construction
  • Heavy industry and civil engineering construction
  • Installation trade services
  • Non-residential building construction
  • Site preparation and other construction services
  • Building completion services
  • Building structure services
  • Chart: Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Residential building market
  • Private engineering construction market
  • Public engineering construction market
  • Private non-residential building market
  • Public non-residential building market
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Construction Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Construction

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Construction Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    CIMIC Group Limited, LendLease Group,
  • Table: CIMIC Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: LendLease Group - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Construction Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Construction Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Non-Residential Building
  • A building primarily intended for uses other than long-term residential purposes.
  • Other Residential Building
  • A building other than a house that is primarily used for long-term residential purposes and contains more than one dwelling unit.
  • Residential Building
  • A building predominantly consisting of one or more dwelling units. Residential buildings can be houses or other buildings in which people live.
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