Australian forest and wood products statistics

September and December quarters 2020

Overview

ABARES Australian forest and wood products statistics (AFWPS) is a compendium of data on key indicators of activity in the Australian forest and wood products sector, This issue includes 2019−20 data for key domestic indicators of forestry sector activity—including:

  • commercial plantation areas by type and jurisdiction
  • volume and value of logs harvested by type and jurisdiction
  • production and trade of wood products

This issue includes 2019−20 data for key domestic indicators of forestry sector activity—including Australia’s commercial plantation estate, and volume and value of logs harvested—and data on production and trade of wood products. This report is supported by summary tables in excel format that may be accessed below in the Download section. This AFWPS also has a Power BI data visualisation that provides users with an interactive dashboard to interrogate the data.

The latest socio-economic variables relevant to the forest sector draws from the ABARES 2011 and 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

Table 1 Overview of the forestry sector, 2019–20
Volume Unit 2019-20 % change from 2018-19
Commercial plantation-logs harvested million cubic metres 25.8 -10
Native forest-logs harvested million cubic metres 3.7 -8
Total logs harvested million cubic metres 29.5 -10
Total value of logs harvested $ billion 2.6 -7
Total value of imported wood products $ billion 5.6 -5
Total value of wood product exports $ billion 3.3 -16
House commencements ‘000 102 -9
Other residential commencements ‘000 69.3 -18
Total dwelling commencements ‘000 171.3 -13
 
Figure 1 Logs harvested from hardwood plantations declined in 2019–20, with production volume falling further than production value
Source ABARES
Note: ‘Total hardwood plantation log volume’ includes the category ‘other’, which comprises other hardwood plantation log products. ‘Hardwood plantation sawlog volume’ includes veneer logs and logs for plywood.
Figure 2 Logs harvested from softwood plantations remained steady in 2019–20
Source ABARES
Note: 'Softwood plantation sawlog volume’ includes veneer logs and logs for plywood. ‘Total softwood plantation log volume’ includes the category ‘other’, which comprises other softwood plantation log products.
Figure 3 Native forests sawlog production continued a declining trend in 2019–20, while native pulplog production remained steady
Source ABARES
Note: Native forest sawlog volume includes a small amount of native softwood (cypress pine). Total native forest log volume includes the category ‘other’, which comprises poles, piles, fencing and other logs not elsewhere included.
Figure 4 The total value of exported wood products decreased by 16% in 2019−20 to $3.3 billion
Source ABARES
Figure 5 The total value of imported wood products decreased by 5% in 2019−20 to $5.6 billion
Source ABARES

Data visualisation

Source: ABARES

This Power BI dashboard may not meet accessibility requirements. For information about the contents of these dashboards contact ABARES.

Scope and coverage

The AFWPS datasets include a number of long time series including as far back as 1939 for commercial plantations, as well as comprehensive coverage of current period data for the entire industry.

The data is represented at the state, national and international scale for forestry imports and exports.

For the gross value of production (GVP) value and volume data, the Australian Capital Territory’s data is combined with New South Wales. Northern Territory data is combined with Western Australia for confidentiality.

The list of regions covered are outlined in Table 2 below for domestic and international. The majority of the datasets are not modelled or estimated by ABARES, except for gross roundwood equivalent consumption and sawnwood production. In some instances, it may have been necessary to estimate incomplete data. Where this estimation has occurred, this will be reported in the notes section of the published dataset. The notes section also provides a description of each dataset and its limitations

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Table 2 List of Domestic regions

Dataset NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS NT ACT Australia International
Native Forest Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Production                 Yes  
Census employment                 Yes  
Plantations Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Dwelling units commenced                 Yes  
Apparent consumption of wood products                 Yes  
Value and volume of logs harvested Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Gross roundwood equivalent consumption                 Yes  
Industry sales                 Yes  
Industry value added                 Yes  
Sawnwood production Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes        
Imports                   Yes
Exports                   Yes

Table 3 List of ABS forestry data

Dataset Data detail Source
Industry sales By industry, state, time series ABS, Australian Industry, cat. no. 8155.0, Canberra; ABS, Experimental Estimates for the Manufacturing Industry, various years, cat. no. 8159.0, Canberra.
Industry value added By industry, time series
Wages and salaries By industry, time series
Census Employment By industry, time series ABS, Census of Population and Housing, 2006, 2011, 2016, Canberra.
Dwellings Commenced By state, time series ABS, Building Activity, Australia, cat. no. 8752.0, Canberra.
Apparent Consumption By product, time series ABARES; state and territory forest services; forest industry associations; private industry; ABS, Canberra.
Recovered Paper By product, trade, time series ABARES; ABS, Information Consultancy Services, 2007, cat. no. 9920.0, Canberra.

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For historic and archived versions of the Australian Forest and Wood Product Statistics report, please use the ABARES Publications Library.

 
Last reviewed: 14 July 2021
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