Research topics


​​​​Our research comprehensively covers the agriculture and water resource portfolio – reports, information and data is grouped within the following research areas and the ‘About my region’ sub-site.

Research topics

Latest research

Australian forest and wood products statistics: March and June quarters 2020

This report highlights a contraction in the value of forestry exports, which began in September 2019 and peaked in January 2020.

Published: 26 November 2020.


Pathways to sustainable and productive agriculture: an Australian perspective

This conference paper was presented on 28 October 2020 in a webinar hosted by the Australian Mission to the European Union, titled ‘EU-Australia farming: one goal, many paths to sustainability’.

Published: 18 November 2020.


Agricultural trade implications of COVID-19 - fact sheet series compilation released

This report is a compendium of 11 fact sheets produced for the Trade and Market Access Division as part of the Department's response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 17 November 2020.


Measuring drought risk

The Measuring drought risk report measures the effect of drought on the profits of farms and considers how drought risk varies across different farm types and regions.

Published: 11 November 2020.



Defining drought from the perspective of Australian farmers

The Defining drought from the perspective of Australian farmers report presents a new drought indicator as  an alternative to traditional rainfall measures.

Published: 11 November 2020.



Fisheries Status Reports for 2020 now public

The 2020 Fisheries Status Reports show that no stocks have been classified as subject to overfishing in fisheries solely managed by the Australian Government.

Published: 9 October 2020.



Detailed industry farm performance, 2017-18 to 2019-20

These reports examine changes over time in farm financial performance of beef, grain, lamb and dairy farms in Australia, based on recent ABARES farm surveys.

Published: 22 September 2020.



Labour use in Australian agriculture

Results from ABARES labour surveys for 2018–19 are presented in this publication using a data visualisation product. Users can select from a range of state and industry options to observe trends in labour use during 2018–19.

Published: 17 September 2020.


Agriculture’s crop-led recovery on track despite COVID-19

The value of Australian agricultural production is forecast to hold steady, but the continuing COVID-19 pandemic is causing world agricultural prices to fall, reducing export returns sharply in 2020-21, according to the September Agricultural Commodities report.

Published: 15 September 2020.


Free trade, competitiveness and a global world: How trade agreements are shaping agriculture

This ABARES Insights series release 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.


NSW leads expected winter crop bounce back

ABARES’ September Australian Crop Report has found that winter crop prospects in Australia are generally average to above average at the beginning of spring.

Published: 8 September 2020.


Analysis of water recovery in the Murray-Darling Basin released

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.

Last reviewed: 25 November 2020
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