Forests Australia

​​​​​​​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, Water and the Environment, and represents collaboration between many Australian forest-related organisations, including all Australian, state and territory govern​ments.​


Latest releases​

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. 

Development of a national tenure dataset for reporting the tenure of Australia's forests is a technical report describing the principles of tenure determination, the past methods of assembling and reporting the tenure of forests, and the approach used for assembling the Tenure of Australia's forests (2018) spatial dataset and reporting in Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018.

Forest species and ecological communities reported in Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018 (in Microsoft Excel1.5 MB) contains lists of species of fauna and flora identified as forest-dwelling and forest-dependent, and lists of forest-dwelling threatened species and threatened forest ecological communities, including listing status and threat categories where applicable.

National 'state of the forests' reporting in Australia is an editorial published in Australian Forestry, Volume 82, Issue 2. The editorial summarises the rationale for Australia's State of the Forests Report (SOFR) series, and provides a high-level summary of the content in SOFR 2018 and the positioning of SOFR in the future. 

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.

ABARES national wood processing survey 2016-17 (published in June 2019) is the fourth comprehensive survey undertaken since 2006–07 to provide information on structural changes in Australia’s wood processing industry. This survey of Australian wood processors obtained up-to-date mill-specific data on production, mill inputs and employment.

Australian plantation statistics 2019 is the third annual update since the five-yearly comprehensive spatial plantation report was released in 2016. The 2019 update is based on tabular data and supports strategic forest industry planning and decision-making by presenting information on total plantation area, new planting and ownership.

Economic potential for new plantation establishment in Australia presents findings from research into the economic potential of new timber plantation establishment in Australia to 2050 under current conditions, building on previous land use change modelling frameworks developed by ABARES.

Last reviewed: 4 February 2020