Australian forest and wood products statistics
September and December quarters 2020
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.
|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|
|Other residential commencements||‘000||69.3||-18|
|Total dwelling commencements||‘000||171.3||-13|
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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
Table 2 List of Domestic regions
|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 value added||Yes|
Table 3 List of ABS forestry data
|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.|
Download the overview report and datasets
|Australian forest and wood products statistics datasets report PDF||14||1.1 MB|
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For historic and archived versions of the Australian Forest and Wood Product Statistics report, please use the ABARES Publications Library.