Work in progress: A sharp decline in residential construction has affected divisional revenue

Divergent trends in key building and infrastructure industries have constrained the Construction division's performance over the past five years. The general building industries have largely displayed solid cyclical growth over the period, supporting revenue. However, a marked deterioration in non-building construction activity, which plummeted from a record high in 2013-14, has dragged the division's performance down. This sharp contraction in revenue stemmed from the winding back of major mining and engineering construction projects on project completion.Divisional revenue is expected to decrease at an annualised 0.7% over the five years through 2018-19, to reach $367.2 billion. This includes an anticipated decline in revenue of more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

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

    The Construction division is characterised by low capital intensity. The principal value added is the provision of skilled trade and construction management services. The division’s labour costs are expected to absorb 18.5% of revenue in 2018-19, while depreciation charges (a proxy for capital input) account for an estimated 1.5% of revenue. Therefore, for every dollar invested in capital equipment, $12.33 is spent on labour.Capital equipment is extensively used across the construction industries, including low-cost power tools and motor vehicles. The Construction division heavily relies on dry hiring plant and equipment on short-term arrangements, which reduces overall capital expenditure. Dry hire is the renting of equipment without an operator. Sev...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Construction Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Construction 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
  • Non-residential building 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
  • Non-residential building construction
  • Heavy industry and civil engineering construction
  • Installation trade services
  • Site preparation and other construction services
  • Building completion services
  • Building structure services
  • Chart: Construction Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Property developers
  • Private corporations
  • Households
  • Federal, state and local governments
  • 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
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • 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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