Australian forest profiles

​​Australia’s forests are grouped for national reporting into three broad categories:

  • Native forest – comprising seven broad forest types defined by dominant species and structu​re, namely AcaciaCallitrisCasuarinaEucalyptMangroveMelaleuca and Rainforest, plus an eighth type, Other native forest which comprises less common native forest types with relatively small individual areas, as well as native forests where the type is unknown.
  • Commercial plantations – comprising softwood plantations (mainly pines), hardwood plantations (mainly eucalypts), and a small area of plantations of unknown or mixed species. Commercial plantations supply most of Australia's wood.
  • Other forest – comprising mostly non-commercial plantations and planted forests of various types.

The Australian forest profiles series

The Australian forest profiles series is a collection of eight fact sheets plus an overview of Australia's forests. There are profiles of the seven main native forest types and commercial plantations. The overview defines a forest and describes important forest attributes. Each of the seven native forest type profiles provides a brief description of the forest type, its importance and uses, a distribution map, and data. The commercial plantations profile provides a brief description of plantation types, area statistics, importance and uses. Information for all profiles is drawn from Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018

This series of Australian forest profiles were published in 2019, and are available in HTML and/or PDF formats. The seven main native forest type profiles and the overview are available in both HTML and PDF formats, together with links to underlying tabular data and high-resolution maps, while the commercial plantations profile is available in HTML format with links to the underlying statistics.

Australian forest profiles: 2019 

Australia's native forest - data visualisation allows users to display data for Australia's native forest types by state or territory, tenure, crown cover, height and Indigenous ownership and management category.
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.  

Previous series of ‘Australian forest profiles’

Previous series of ‘Australian forest profiles’ were published in 2016, ​2008, 2005 and between 1993 and 2002. The 2016 series is available in HTML and PDF format, while the earlier series are available in PDF only. The first ‘Australian forest profiles’ series, released from 1993 to 2002, profiles seven forest communities. The 2005, 2008 and 2016 series profile eight broad forest types, including an overview profile titled ‘Australia’s forests’, as reported in the Australia’s State of the Forests Reports series. The 2005 profiles are based on information from Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2003. The 2008 profiles are based on information from Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2008. The 2016 profiles are based on information from Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2013.

​Australian forest profiles: 2016

Australian forest profiles: 2008

Australian forest profiles: 2005

Australian forest profiles: 1993 to 2002


Last reviewed: 19 June 2020