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Latest research

Dairy industry workforce survey 2015-16

This report provides analysis of labour use in the dairy industry based on ABARES survey results, showing the dairy industry has distinct labour force requirements and faces different challenges to other industries.

Published: 13 July 2018


Responsiveness of demand for structural pine to changes in timber and steel prices: A study using the FWPA softwood data series

This technical report estimates the responsiveness of demand for structural pine to changes in timber and steel prices.

Published: 12 July 2018


Farm capital and investment for beef, grain, lamb and dairy industries

Our latest web-reports present estimates of farm capital and farm investment for beef farms, lamb-producing farms grain farms, and dairy farms for 2015–16 to 2016–17.

Published: 3 July 2018


Agricultural Commodities: June quarter 2018

The value of farm production is forecast to $61 billion in 2018–19, well above the10-year average of $55 billion (in real terms), according to ABARES’ Agricultural Commodities:June quarter2018.

Published: 19 June 2018


Compendium of five ABARES briefing notes relevant to Leadbeater’s possum report

This compendium brings together for publication five briefing notes written by ABARES over the period 2013 to 2017 on Leadbeater’s possum, a critically endangered species.

Published: 14 June 2018


Australian crop report – June 2018

Winter crop production is forecast to fall in 2018–19 to 37.7 million tonnes, with canola and chickpeas forecast to decrease, while wheat and barley production is forecast to increase.

Published: 13 June 2018


Farm debt and equity for the beef, grain, lamb and dairy industries

These web-reports present estimates of the debt, equity, and debt-servicing capacity for beef farmers, grain farmers, lamb-producing farmers and dairy farmers for 2015–16 to 2017–18.

Published: 31 May 2018


Cost of production for beef and sheep farms

These web-reports present cost of production estimates for beef cattle and sheep producers for the three years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Published: 31 May 2018


Australian forest and wood products statistics: September and December quarters 2017

This report shows the volume of logs harvested reached record levels in 2016–17, exceeding 33 million cubic metres, up 10 per cent on the year.

Published: 24 May 2018


Australian fisheries economic indicators report 2017: Financial and economic performance of the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery

This report covers new survey results for the 2013–14 and 2014–15 financial years and non-survey based estimates of net economic return for the 2015–16 and 2016–17 financial years.

Published: 22 May 2018


Australian Plantation Statistics 2018 Update​

Australian plantation statistics is published every year. It supports strategic forest industry planning and decision-making by presenting information on total plantation area, new planting and ownership.

Published: 17 May 2018


Farm financial performance for the beef, grain, lamb and dairy industries

These web-reports present estimates of the incomes, profits, costs and rates of return for beef farmers, grain farmers, lamb-producing farmers and dairy farmers for 2015–16 to 2017–18.

Published: 17 May 2018

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Last reviewed:
13 Jul 2018