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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

An assessment of the non-market value of reducing the risk of marine pest incursions in Australia’s waters

This report analyses public sentiment on the protection of the Australian environment from the impacts of new exotic marine pests. It shows that Australians place significant value on the health of the marine environment.

Published: 24 April 2018

A choice experiment of reducing the chance of marine pest incursions in Australian waters in the presence of outcome-related risk

This paper presents empirical results of a choice modelling application conducted to estimate the economic value the Australian public places on reducing the chance of new marine pest incursions into Australia

Published: 24 April 2018

Australian fisheries economic indicators report 2017: Financial and economic performance of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery report

This report covers the Commonwealth Trawl Sector, and the Gillnet, Hook and Trap Sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF), with new survey results for the 2013–14 and 2014–15 financial years

Published: 10 April 2018

Australian Water Markets Report 2016-17 now released

This report provides a comprehensive review of water markets across Australia and includes data from a range of Commonwealth, state and private sector sources.

Published: 7 March 2018

March 2018 Agricultural Commodities Report now released

The March edition of Agricultural commodities contains ABARES’ latest outlook for Australia’s key agricultural commodities to 2022–23, including production and export forecasts.

Published: 6 March 2018

Late boost to winter crop production

Favourable seasonal conditions in spring have resulted in the 2017-18 winter crop harvest exceeding expectations in some key growing regions of WA, Victoria and SA although Queensland and NSW yields are likely to be lower than the December 2017 ABARES crop forecast.

Published: 13 February 2018

A model of water trade and irrigation activity in the southern Murray-Darling Basin

This is a technical report describing a new ABARES water trade model, which builds on previous work to provide robust analysis of water market use and market outcomes in the southern Murray-Darling Basin.

Published: 7 February 2018

What difference does labour choice make to farm productivity and profitability in the Australian horticulture industry? A comparison between seasonal workers and working holiday makers​

This report, commissioned by the World Bank, compared the labour productivity of seasonal workers versus working holiday makers and implications for farm profitability—using a survey, wages data and interviews with employers in the Australian Government's Seasonal Worker Program.

Published: 6 February 2018

Last reviewed:
18 May 2018