The Forests Australia website provides up-to-date information on Australia's forests including forest-related publications and maps, and links to forest management organisations and institutions.
The website is hosted by ABARES in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The website represents collaboration between many Australian forest-related organisations, including all Australian, state and territory governments.
- State of the Forests Report series
- Australia's forests
- Product statistics
- Australia’s forests and forestry glossary
The Forest Resource Use Model (FoRUM): A spatial-temporal model of Australia’s forest industry presents an overview of the model structure, modelled equations, and datasets used to evaluate the economic impacts of changes in the Australian forestry sector. This overview of FoRUM aims to inform future projects and serve as a reference document for future FoRUM users.
Australian plantation statistics 2022 update presents information on total plantation area, new plantings and plantation ownership in plantations established primarily for timber production in Australia.
Australia's Indigenous land and forest estate (2020) is a continental spatial dataset that identifies and reports separately the individual attributes of Australia’s Indigenous estate, namely the extent of land and forest over which Indigenous peoples and communities have ownership, management or co-management, or other special rights. This dataset is the same as the previously published Australia’s Indigenous forest estate (2020) but with an amended title that more accurately reflects the full extent of the dataset.
Forestry regional profiles - data visualisation allows users to select a region within Australia, display data on forest extent, forest tenure, forest and plantation types, employment in forestry, and the number of sawmills in the region selected, and display a map of forest in that region.
The Farm forestry sector report delivers an improved understanding of Australia’s planted farm forestry resource, through identification, compilation and validation of existing available inventory data as collected by various programs over time.
Regional Forestry Hubs boundaries (2022) is a spatial dataset comprising the boundaries created by each of eleven Regional Forestry Hubs established under the National Forest Industries Plan.
Status of Australia’s Forest Genetic Resources 2021 is an ABARES Research Report. It serves as a source document for all users and stakeholders seeking information on current knowledge and research on conservation, management and use of the genetic diversity in Australia's forest trees and woody plants. It also serves as Australia's Country Report to the UN FAO second State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources Report.
Proposed approach for Australia’s State of the Forests Report - 2023 and beyond is an ABARES Position Paper. It proposes an approach for Australia’s national forest reporting through Australia’s State of the Forests Report for 2023 and beyond.
Regional forest agreements: compilation of reservation and resource availability outcomes is a compilation of data on changes in reserve areas and forest resource availability in regional forest agreement (RFA) regions. The RFAs are long-term agreements for the sustainable management and conservation of Australia's forests. Reservation and resource availability data presented include both data as at signing of the RFAs, and the most recent data.
Australia's Indigenous land and forest estate: separate reporting of Indigenous ownership, management and other special rights is an ABARES technical report that lays out a new schema to allow for separate reporting on each of the various overlapping attributes of Indigenous ownership, Indigenous management or co-management, and other special rights of Indigenous peoples and communities in regards to land and forest.
Australia's forests and forestry glossary is a stand-alone publication, developed from the glossary published in Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018 and contains definitions of terms related to forests and forestry at the national level in Australia. It is available as a searchable web version and accessible PDF (3.3MB). Hardcopies (A5, ring bound) are also available. Please Email ABARES to request hardcopies.
Australian forest and wood products statistics presents updated data for key indicators of domestic forestry sector activity, estimates of the volume and value of logs harvested, and data on production and trade of wood products.
A framework for developing medium term projections of traded wood products is a technical report that presents a proof of concept modelling exercise, reporting medium-term projections of the volume and value of trade in wood products based on a set of nested, historical relationships between wood product categories.
Productivity and efficiency of the Australian sawmilling industry is the first comprehensive productivity and efficiency analysis of the Australian sawmilling industry at the mill level, examining the productivity of Australian sawmills in 2016-17.
Effects of bushfires and COVID-19 on the forestry and wood processing sectors is an ABARES Insights paper discussing the potential economic impacts of the 2019–20 bushfires and the COVID-19 global pandemic on Australia's forestry and wood processing sectors.
The ABARES Insights Stocktake Fire in Australia's forests, 2011 to 2016 covers where and how often fire occurred in forests over the period, the land tenures and forest types on which the fire occurred, and whether the fire was planned or unplanned. The Stocktake is also available as an accessible PDF (1.3 MB) version, and the Forest fire data and Maps of fire in Australia’s forests, 2011 to 2016 are also available for download.
Forest fire area data for the 2019–20 summer bushfire season in southern and eastern Australia is a set of data tables that shows the area of Australia's forests that were in the fire area in southern and eastern Australia during the 2019–20 bushfire season. Data tables show the area of forest in the fire area by jurisdiction, forest category and forest tenure.
Forests of Northern Australia maps prepared by ABARES were published in Northern forestry and forest products situational analysis, a report for the CRC for Developing Northern Australia.
Australia's forests at a glance 2019 is a pocket-book compendium of data and information about Australia's native forests and commercial plantations. Much of the data are current to 2017-18 and have been published in detailed reports.
Australian forest profiles 2019 is an updated collection of fact sheets on Australia's forest types. There are eight profiles plus one overview; the eight profiles comprise the seven main native forest types, namely Acacia, Callitris, Casuarina, Eucalypt, Mangrove, Melaleuca and Rainforest, plus Commercial plantations.
Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018 is the fifth and latest in the series of comprehensive five-yearly national reports on Australia's forests. It presents the best available data and information for reporting the status of Australia's forests.