Australian forestry in your pocket

​​5 November 2014

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) today released a new edition of one of the most popular Australian forestry publications.

ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said Australia's forests at a glance 2014 is a pocketbook compendium of data and information about Australia's native forests and timber plantations.

"The pocketbook covers Australia's forest types, areas and how native forests are conserved and managed. It also includes latest harvesting, production and consumption information," Ms Schneider said.

Australia has 124.7 million hectares of forest - both native and industrial plantations. Of Australia's native forest, 36.6 million hectares are available and suitable for commercial wood production.

There are 39.2 million hectares of native forest protected for biodiversity conservation, of which 26.4 million hectares (21% of Australia's forest) are in the National Reserve System, well above international targets.

In 2012-13 there were two million hectares of industrial plantations in Australia consisting of 1,023,800 hectares of softwood species and 976,400 hectares of hardwood species.

The total logs harvested were 22.8 million cubic metres from Australian forests, of which about 3.9 million cubic metres of logs were harvested from native forests.

The total logs harvested from industrial plantation forests in 2012–13 increased by 1.2 per cent from 2011-12, to 18.9 million cubic metres. An increase in the harvest of hardwood plantation logs offset a slight decrease in the harvest of softwood plantation logs.

"Australia's forests at a glance 2014 complements a suite of ABARES publications that aim to provide a comprehensive profile and outlook for Australia's forestry and forest products manufacturing sectors," Ms Schneider said.

For a copy or to view other detailed reports produced by ABARES visit

Media inquiries: contact Department of Agriculture Media

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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