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

Murray-Darling Basin water markets: trends and drivers 2002-03 to 2018-19

This report identifies the main changes in water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin over the past 15 to 20 years and explains the main factors driving these changes.

Published: 19 February 2020.


Crop production hit by unfavourable seasonal conditions

The Australian crop report – February 2020 edition says production prospects for summer crops in Queensland and northern New South Wales remain well below average.

Published: 18 February 2020.


Quantification of non-tariff measures as tariff equivalents on a commodity level

This conference paper describes the challenges of quantifying non-tariff measures as ‘ad valorem’ tariff equivalents at the commodity level.

Published: 13 February 2020.


Benefits of increased access to minor use chemicals

This report estimates the benefits to industry from grants to rural research and development corporations to improve farmers’ access to minor use chemicals for pest control.

Published: 11 February 2020.


New insights on the effects of drought and climate variability on Australian farms

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.


Annual compendium of historical statistics for 2019 now available

The Agricultural commodity statistics report provides a set of comprehensive statistical tables on Australian and world prices, production, consumption, stocks and trade for 19 rural commodities.

Published: 17 December 2019.


Using hedonic modelling to analyse farmland price movements

The Measuring Australian broadacre farmland value: Phase 1 - Statistical infrastructure report contains preliminary findings on the construction of hedonic models to estimate values of Australian farmland.

Published: 13 December 2019.


Impact of drought becoming more pronounced

The effects of the continuing drought are becoming more pronounced with falling production and high input costs presenting serious challenges, according to the latest Agricultural Commodities report.

Published: 10 December 2019.


Winter crop production forecast to fall below 30m tonnes

Winter crop production is forecast to fall by 3 per cent in 2019–20 to 29.4 million tonnes, down 13 per cent from the production forecast in September, according to the December 2019 Crop Report.

Published: 3 December 2019.


Australia’s forestry sector strong in export markets

Australian forest and wood products statistics, March and June quarters 2019 reported the fifth consecutive year of growth for the forestry sector, with higher export demand offsetting weaker domestic demand.

Published: 26 November 2019.


Latest estimates for Australian vegetable-growing farms income largely unchanged

The Australian vegetable-growing farms: an economic survey 2017–18 and 2018–19 report analyses farm-level production and the financial situation of vegetable growers.

Published: 21 November 2019.


Exploring how public sector grain stock forecasts can help reduce market uncertainty

This reports says that public reporting of national grain stocks in years of drought can help grain consuming businesses work out whether and when to invest in the cost of importing.

Published: 20 November 2019.


Forest industry’s key contribution to Australia’s economy detailed in new ABARES Insight

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.


Family, locals and backpackers fill farmers’ labour needs

The Demand for farm workers: ABARES farm survey results 2018 report says locals were the most commonly employed workers on farms with backpackers the most common form of overseas workers.

Published: 2 October 2019.


Profiles of our forests now available

Australian forest profiles 2019 is an updated series comprising the seven main native forest types, and commercial plantations.

Published: 2 October 2019.



Fishery status reports 2019 released

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.

Published: 27 September 2019.


New insights into Australia’s place in global agriculture and food value chains

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.

Published: 19 September 2019.


Opportunities and challenges in uncertain times

The value of farm production is forecast to fall by 5 per cent in 2019–20 to $59 billion, according to the Agricultural Commodities September 2019 report.

Published: 17 September 2019.



Varied conditions and modest prospects for winter crops

The September 2019 Crop Report reveals mixed prospects for Australia’s winter crop, with production forecast to rise by 11% in 2019–20 but short of the 10-year average to 2018-19 by 16 per cent.

Published: 10 September 2019.


Comparing United States and Australia's agriculture sectors

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 trde war.

Published: 6 September 2019.


Development of a national tenure dataset for reporting the tenure of Australia's forests

This technical report describes the approach used for assembling the Tenure of Australia's forests (2018) dataset and reporting in Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018.

Published: 27 August 2019.


Joint ABARES-CSIRO Report identifies key players in marine pest stakeholder network

The study, using social network analysis, shows that involvement and interest in marine pest biosecurity is extensive and complex.

Published: 20 August 2019.


Farm capital and investment, and physical characteristics reports now available

Estimates of farm capital, farm investment and physical characteristics for beef farms, grain farms, lamb producing farms and dairy farms from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

Published: 12 August 2019.



High water allocation prices likely to continue in the southern Murray-Darling

Water allocation prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin are likely to remain high in 2019–20, according to the Water Market Outlook – August 2019 report.

Published: 1 August 2019.



Value of commercial plantation harvests at record high

Conditions in Australia’s forestry sector remain favourable, according to the Australian forest and wood products statistics: September and December quarters 2018 report.

Published: 20 June 2019.


Farm debt and equity, and cost of production analysis now available

Estimates of the debt, equity, and debt-servicing capacity for beef farms, grain farms, lamb-producing farms and dairy farms, and cost of production estimates for beef cattle and sheep producers.

Published: 20 June 2019.


Exports to fall as herd and flock rebuild commences

In 2019–20 agricultural export earnings are forecast to fall by 5% to $45 billion, according to the latest Agricultural Commodities report released today.

Published: 18 June 2019.



Up-to-date survey data from Australian wood processors

The results from the ABARES National Wood Processing Survey: 2016-17 report provide consistent and reliable estimates of the production of hardwood and softwood wood products.

Published: 13 June 2019.


Performance and accuracy of ABARES agricultural forecasts analysed

The Summary of ABARES agricultural forecasting paper analyses the performance and accuracy of ABARES agricultural forecasts between 2000–01 and 2017–18.

Published: 13 June 2019.



A mixed start for Australia’s winter crop season

The Australian crop report’s June 2019 edition reflects mixed conditions across the country and the lower than average performance of the 2018-19 winter crop.

Published: 12 June 2019.



Agricultural export price and volume indicators

Australia’s agricultural sector is highly export oriented. This paper outlines the recent development of aggregate price and volume indicators for Australian agricultural exports.

Published: 13 May 2019.


Australian plantation statistics 2019 update

This report supports strategic forest industry planning and decision-making by presenting information on total plantation area, new planting and ownership.

Published: 3 May 2019.



Focusing on Austra​lian water markets

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.

Published: 18 April 2019.


Treated ballast water and its impact on port water quality

This report explores the potential impact that the discharge of chemically treated ballast water could have on the water quality of Australian ports.

Published: 18 April 2019.

Last reviewed: 18 February 2020
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