The ABARES Insights series provides an evidence-based context for discussion of industry issues and complement our current analytical reports, forecasts, and statistical series.
An ABARES Insights paper will complement our deeper and more technical research reports, which are generally aimed at a more specialist audience and seek to expand or deepen the stock of knowledge.
ABARES Insights papers
The Snapshot of Australia’s agricultural workforce uses data from the 2021 Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Census of Population and Housing to describe where workers live, what industries and occupations they work in, the workforce’s mobility, educational attainment and age, and hours worked. It also examines the involvement of women, young people, Indigenous people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with disability in the agricultural workforce.
Published 19 October 2023
To advance Australia’s strategic multilateral trade liberalisation objectives, Australia has sought to demonstrate the environmental damage caused by agricultural support. Of equal importance, however, is Australia’s own agri-environmental performance. This report provides Australian and international officials with an evidence base to show where Australia stands internationally, and how to interpret such statistics appropriately.
Published 04 July 2023
The Snapshot of Australian Agriculture 2023 describes the current state of Australian agriculture, with the aim of providing key information and statistics in one place. It covers eight key aspects of Australian agriculture: its role in the broader economy, trends in production, industry structure and productivity, climate change impacts and risk management, agricultural employment, government support, and trade.
Published 07 March 2023
Australian agriculture – understanding the recent success and Where to next for Australian agriculture?
This two-part ABARES Insights series discusses how the Australian agriculture sector has changed over past decades and have led to its current success and what will shape its future performance.
Published 17 November 2022
The report provides an evidence base linking reductions in agricultural support to emissions reduction and improvements in food security, supporting Australia’s global advocacy efforts.
Published 1 November 2022
This Insights report summarises evidence to demonstrate that reforming agricultural support and open trade can build a more competitive agricultural sector.
Published 27 July 2022
The latest ABARES Insight report outlines how governments can take the lead on global food security by opening up trade and cutting export restrictions.
Published 13 July 2022
War in Ukraine and poor growing conditions in major exporters have contributed to high global food grain prices. With some countries implementing export restrictions to try and ease domestic food prices, this Insights report looks at the impact of restrictions and how governments can take steps to improve global food security.
Published 28 June 2022
The latest ABARES Insights report shows Australia will need to find new ways to gain a competitive advantage with its agricultural exports as more countries enter free trade agreements.
Published 16 March 2022
The latest ABARES Insights report examines the drivers of food demand in Indonesia and outlines opportunities for Australian agricultural exporters.
Published 2 December 2021
The latest ABARES Insights report examines the effects of recent and possible future changes in climate on the profitability of Australian farms.
Published 29 July 2021
This ABARES Insights report sets out five megatrends, each of which is framed in terms of three component trends. The megatrends analysis confirms the fundamentals are in place to support agricultural growth, while identifying several challenges to be addressed.
Published 23 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Published 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.
Published 3 April 2020
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.
Published 18 December 2019
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.
Published 18 November 2019
This Snapshot examines how global value chains have created new opportunities for Australian agriculture and how they are important for further opening of import markets.
Published 19 September 2019
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.
Published 6 September 2019
The Snapshot of Australian Water Markets describes the main features of Australia’s water markets and details key factors influencing water prices in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Published 18 April 2019
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.
Published 14 February 2019
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.
Published 18 December 2018
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.
This brief is based on a presentation by ABARES’ Executive Director to the National Drought Summit in October 2018 describing the effects of the current drought on Australian agriculture. The brief summarises the extent of rainfall deficiencies and the effects on crop production, livestock markets and farm incomes.
Published 26 October 2018