This Insights briefing describes the current state of Australian agriculture, with the aim of providing an accessible overview of the industry, key issues and descriptive statistics. We cover eight key aspects of Australian agriculture: its role in the broader economy, trends in production, industry structure and productivity, risk management, agricultural employment, government support, trade and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Released: 25 February 2021.
This ABARES Insights report analysis returns across the economy from agricultural exports, comparing different pathways for value creation, such as adding attributes or further downstream processing. Published: 15 December 2020
Authors: Jared Greenville, Andrew Duver, Mikayla Bruce.
Australia’s farmers are well placed to benefit from global market changes as countries and businesses around the world act on and adapt to climate change, the latest ABARES Insights paper has found. Published: 10 December 2020
Authors: Jared Greenville, Heather McGilvray, Kevin Burns.
This paper explores how Australia's agricultural export performance over the past 15 years has been inextricably linked to the proliferation of free trade agreements (FTAs). Published 11 September 2020
Authors: Andrew Duver and Shujia (Charlie) Qin.
This article accompanies an ABARES Insight which examines how water buyback programs to recover water for the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin push water prices, placing pressure on the wider irrigation sector. Published 1 September 2020.
Author: Neal Hughes, David Galeano, Steve Hatfield-Dodds.
This article provides an overview of the economic effects of water recovery on water prices and the irrigation sector in the southern Murray–Darling Basin (MDB). Published 1 September 2020.
Author: Linden Whittle, David Galeano, Neal Hughes, Mihir Gupta, Peter Legg, Tim Westwood, Tom Jackson, Steve Hatfield-Dodds
Major challenges for forestry and wood processors loom in the wake of summer’s bushfires and COVID-19, according to analysis in our latest ABARES Insights report. Published 30 June 2020.
Author: Linden Whittle
This report explores the impacts on agricultural trade from the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia’s agricultural trade has by and large continued unhindered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But for some sectors, such as those closely associated with food service and those reliant on air freight, there were some significant disruptions. Published 5 June 2020.
Authors: Jared Greenville, Heather McGilvray, Stephanie Black.
The latest ABARES Insights, ‘Stocktake of Fire in Australia’s forests, 2011 to 2016,’ covers where and how often fire occurred, what land and forest types were burnt, and whether fire was planned or unplanned. Published 27 May 2020.
Authors: Steve Read and Cressida Lehmann.
This article accompanies an ABARES Insight which outlines why Australia is one of the most food-secure countries in the world. Despite temporary shortages of some food items in supermarkets caused by an unexpected surge in demand from panic buying in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia does not have a food security problem. Released 17 April 2020.
The latest ABARES Insights says Australia does not have a food security problem, with Australia exporting about 70% of agricultural production and importing only about 10% of our food. Released 17 April 2020.
This ABARES Insights report provides analysis and modelling results of projected agricultural and food demand in India. This growth will bring opportunities for Australia's exporters. Released: 03 April 2020.
Compiled by James Fell.
This article accompanies an ABARES Insights report released which quantifies the impacts of recent climate variability on the profits of Australian broadacre farms. Its results show that changes in temperature and rainfall over the past 20 years have had a negative effect on average farm profits while also increasing risk. Released 18 December 2019.
Authors: Neal Hughes, Steve Hatfield-Dodds
Our latest Insights report provides analysis on the effects of climate variability on Australian farms. It examines both short-term climate risks such as drought and longer-term shifts in climate conditions. Released 18 December 2019.
Authors: Neal Hughes, David Galeano, Steve-Hatfield-Dodds
This Insights snapshot looks at the key aspects of Australia’s forest and sawmilling industries: forest area, log harvest, production, consumption, trade and industry structure. Released 18 November 2019.
Author: Linden Whittle
This ABARES Insights Snapshot examines how global value chains have created new opportunities for Australian agriculture and how they are important for further opening of import markets. Released Thursday 19 September 2019.
Author: Jared Greenville
This Insights report compares the Australian and US agricultural sectors, briefly profiles US agricultural policy, and highlights Australia’s exposure to shifts in global markets from the US-China trade war. Released 6 September 2019.
Authors: Kirk Zammit and Matthew Howden
This article describes the key drivers of water market prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin. The article argues that while much blame for these high prices has been directed at factors such as foreign investors, corporate speculators, expanding almond farms and the Murray-Darling Basin plan, the main driver of high prices is simply low supply due to a lack of rain. Released 18 July 2019.
Author: Neal Hughes.
This ABARES Insights snapshot describes the why, who, where and how of Australian water market activity and how markets help facilitate short and longer term adjustment. Released 18 April 2019.
Authors: Tim Goesch, Mananann Donoghoe, Neal Hughes.
This article examines the tough choices industry and governments will need to make in order to reach the National Farmers Federation target of $100 billion in agricultural output by 2030. Released 5 March 2019.
Author: Steve Hatfield-Dodds.
This brief – Analysis of the Future of Chinese agricultural policy – summarises research into major changes in policy direction since 2017. It analyses new policy directions in China’s agricultural policy, such as supply side reforms, present key opportunities and challenges for Australian agriculture. Released 14 February 2019.
Author: James Fell
This brief contains an overview of Australia’s commercial fisheries and aquaculture industries and six key aspects of Australian commercial fisheries and aquaculture including: industry structure, trends in production, trade, consumption, sustainability and innovation. Released 18 December 2018.
Author: David Mobsby, Robert Curtotti
This snapshot describes Australia’s agricultural workforce, providing key information and statistics in one place. We cover where workers live, what sub-industries and occupations they work in, and the mobility and educational attainment of the workforce. Released 13 December 2018.
Author: Bill Binks, Nyree Stenekes, Heleen Kruger, Robert Kancans
While drought policy raises many complex emotional, political and policy issues, it can be helpful to think of it as an insurance problem: how can we best help farmers manage climate risk? Released 5 November 2018
Author: Neal Hughes
This brief describes the effects of the current drought on Australian agriculture, including the extent of rainfall deficiencies and the effects on crop production, livestock markets and farm incomes. Released 26 October 2018
Authors: Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Neal Hughes, Andrew Cameron, Matthew Miller, Tom Jackson
We need to make sure well-meaning policy responses to drought don't do more harm than good. Now many farmers – particularly in New South Wales and southern Queensland – are in the grip of drought. Released: 23 October 2018
Authors: Neal Hughes, Steve Hatfield-Dodds