​​​​​​​​The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences is the research arm of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. ABARES provides professionally independent research, analysis, forecasting and statistics on the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors to government and private sector decision-makers.

ABARES has a wealth of expertise in applied economic and scientific research, developing innovative modelling techniques, undertaking comprehensive surveys and developing internationally recognised data management processes. The bureau also provides integrated socio-economic and biophysical analysis to address the policy issues facing Australia's primary industries today and into the future.

Discover more about ABARES research areas, key products, events and surveys in our brochure.

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Our capabilities

ABARES delivers independent economic and scientific research and analysis to a range of stakeholders. ABARES innovative research outputs combine current thinking from relevant disciplines that are presented in publications and reports, data compilations, databases, and presentations at conferences and workshops.

ABARES has staff with skills across a range of economic, science and social-science disciplines, including in the areas of scientific and economic analysis and modelling​, data (including survey) collection and statistical analysis, risk assessment and management, geographical mapping, particularly in areas related to natural resource management, commodity and market analysis, and integrated analysis.

Our people

Our Executive Director is Karen Schneider, leading the Executive Team including:

Jammie Penm, Assistant Secretary
Agricultural Commodities and Trade branch

  • Agricultural trade
  • Agricultural commodities
  • Agricultural risk management
  • ​Research engagement and outlook.

Ilona Stobutzki, Assistant Secretary
Fisheries, Forestry and Land branch

  • Domestic fisheries & marine environment
  • International fisheries data & assessments
  • Fisheries economics
  • Forestry economics and sciences
  • Data and land
  • Quantitative sciences.

Peter Gooday, Assistant Secretary
Farm Analysis and Biosecurity branch

  • Productivity
  • Social sciences
  • Infrastructure
  • Biosecurity
  • Farm analysis
  • Survey collection
  • Invasive species
  • Social sciences.

Lisa Elliston, Assistant Secretary
Deregulation and Portfolio Strategy branch

  • Coordination and implementation of the government's deregulation agenda
  • Business planning
  • Finance and project planning and reporting
  • Conference and event management including national and Regional Outlook conferences
  • Science and Innovation Awards grant program
  • Library.

Our stakeholders

We have a diverse range of clients encompassing the agriculture, food, forest, fisheries, productivity and water sectors. They include federal and state government department's and agencies, portfolio-related companies and agencies, research and development corporations, and industry groups.

Contact us if you would like to discuss how we can help your organisation.

Our Minister and Assistant Minister