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Latest research

Value of commercial plantation harvests at record high

Conditions in Australia’s forestry sector remain favourable, according to the Australian forest and wood products statistics: September and December quarters 2018 report.

Published: 20 June 2019.

Farm debt and equity, and cost of production analysis now available

Estimates of the debt, equity, and debt-servicing capacity for beef farms, grain farms, lamb-producing farms and dairy farms, and cost of production estimates for beef cattle and sheep producers.

Published: 20 June 2019.

Exports to fall as herd and flock rebuild commences

In 2019–20 agricultural export earnings are forecast to fall by 5% to $45 billion, according to the latest Agricultural Commodities report released today.

Published: 18 June 2019.

Up-to-date survey data from Australian wood processors

The results from the ABARES National Wood Processing Survey: 2016-17 report provide consistent and reliable estimates of the production of hardwood and softwood wood products.

Published: 13 June 2019.

Performance and accuracy of ABARES agricultural forecasts analysed

The Summary of ABARES agricultural forecasting paper analyses the performance and accuracy of ABARES agricultural forecasts between 2000–01 and 2017–18.

Published: 13 June 2019.

A mixed start for Australia’s winter crop season

The Australian crop report’s June 2019 edition reflects mixed conditions across the country and the lower than average performance of the 2018-19 winter crop.

Published: 12 June 2019.

Agricultural export price and volume indicators

Australia’s agricultural sector is highly export oriented. This paper outlines the recent development of aggregate price and volume indicators for Australian agricultural exports.

Published: 13 May 2019.

Australian plantation statistics 2019 update

This report supports strategic forest industry planning and decision-making by presenting information on total plantation area, new planting and ownership.

Published: 3 May 2019.

Focusing on Austra​lian water markets

This ABARES Insights snapshot describes the why, who, where and how of Australian water market activity and how markets help facilitate short and longer term adjustment.

Published: 18 April 2019.

Treated ballast water and its impact on port water quality

This report explores the potential impact that the discharge of chemically treated ballast water could have on the water quality of Australian ports.

Published: 18 April 2019.

ABARES research and data

Historic and archived publications 
Our all products page provides access to our comprehensive publications database, including historic and archived reports.

Find the latest data sets, data set series, data visualisations, access agricultural industry databases, and software downloads from our data centre.​

Online research tools

The Monitor
Explore climatic, production, biophysical and economic data sets from across Australia.

Agricultural Census visualisations
Select 2015-16 datasets, filter by industry, category or commodity, explore national and regional maps.

Climatch – species range prediction
Predict the potential range of a species by matching climate data from region to region.

Rainfall to Pasture Growth Outlook Tool
Access rainfall, soil moisture and pasture growth information.

Rainfall reliability calculator
Estimate rainfall reliability, rainfall means, and rainfall variability.

Visual data content

ABARES analysis and data in easy-to-read and use graphics

Data visualisations
Information ready to use on our Tableau Public page​

Last reviewed:
20 Jun 2019