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 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.

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 201920 bushfires and the COVID-19 global pandemic on Australia's forestry and wood processing sectors.

Australian plantation statistics 2020 is the fourth annual update based on tabular data since the five-yearly comprehensive spatial plantation report was released in 2016. The update presents information on total plantation area, new planting and ownership.

​​​​​​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 a PDF [1.3MB] version, and the data and maps are also available for download.

Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020: Key findings (at FAO website) is a summary of the latest five-yearly Global Forest Resources Assessment by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Australia's native forest - data visualisation brings together data from three key national datasets to allow users to display data for Australia's native forest types by state or territory, tenure, crown cover, height and Indigenous ownership and management category. 

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. 

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 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.

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: 27 October 2020