ABARES Insights

​​​​​​The ABARES Insights series provides an evidence-based context for discussion of industry issues and complement our current analytical reports, forecasts, and statistical series.

ABARES Insights will be short highly accessible publications providing ‘snapshots’ or ‘stocktakes’ of agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries, or exploring current issues of interest. 

They give access to existing ABARES knowledge and understanding of agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries and the issues they face.

An ABARES Insights paper will complement our deeper and more technical research reports, which are generally aimed at a more specialist audience and seek to expand or deepen the stock of knowledge. 

ABARES Insights papers

Comparing United States and Australia’s agriculture sectors ​

This Insights report compares the Australian and US agricultural sectors, briefly profiles US agricultural policy, and highlights Australia’s exposure to shifts in global markets from the US-China trade war.


Snapshot of Australian Water Markets

The Snapshot of Australian Water Markets describes the main features of Australia’s water markets and details key factors influencing water prices in the Murray-Darling Basin.


Analysis of the Future of Chinese agricultural policy​

This brief – Analysis of the Future of Chinese agricultural policy – summarises research into major changes in policy direction since 2017. It analyses new policy directions in China’s agricultural policy, such as supply side reforms, present key opportunities and challenges for Australian agriculture.


Snapshot of Australia’s Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture​

This brief contains an overview of Australia’s commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries and six key aspects of Australian commercial fisheries and aquaculture including: industry structure, trends in production, trade, consumption, sustainability and innovation.


Snapshot of Australia’s Agricultural Workforce​

This snapshot describes Australia’s agricultural workforce, providing key information and statistics in one place. We cover where workers live, what sub-industries and occupations they work in, and the mobility and educational attainment of the workforce.


Analysis of 2018 Drought​

This brief is based on a presentation by ABARES’ Executive Director to the National Drought Summit in October 2018 describing the effects of the current drought on Australian agriculture. The brief summarises the extent of rainfall deficiencies and the effects on crop production, livestock markets and farm incomes.


Snapshot of Australian Agriculture 2018​

The Snapshot of Australian Agriculture draws on previously published statistics and insights into key issues facing the industry: the contribution of agriculture to the economy; trends in production, industry structure, and exports; and issues in productivity and risk management. 

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Last reviewed:
06 Sep 2019