Farm surveys and analysis

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ABARES has been conducting surveys of agricultural industries sin​ce the 1940s. Farm surveys conducted by ABARES provide a wide range of information on the current and historical economic performance of farm business units in the rural se​ctor. This information is used for research and analysis on a range of industry issues of concern to gove​rnment and industry.​

An overview of results for Australian br​oadacre and dairy farms is released at the ABARES OUTLOOK Conference each March. This includes analysis of farm costs, receipts, income, profit, rates of return, performance by state and performance by industry (defined by ANZSIC). Farms are classified to ANZSIC-based industries based on the relative contribution of farm outputs to total​ output. This method allows analysis to focus on relatively homogeneous groups of farms.

Subsequent analyses of farm performance are published for beef, lamb, grain and dairy farms. These industries are classified more broadly than those published at OUTLOOK to provide a more complete picture of trends and variation in performance across farms by type of co​mmodity produced, size and region.​​

Latest releases

12 August 2019: Reports for Physical characteristics for the beef, grain, lamb and dairy industries are now available. These web-reports present estimates of the physical characteristics for beef farmers, grain farmers, lamb-producing farmers and dairy farmers for 2016–17 to 2018–19. The reports draw on data from the ABARES annual Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey (AAGIS) and the Australian Dairy Industry Survey (ADIS).

12 August 2019: Reports for Farm capital and investment for the beef, grain, lamb and dairy industries are now available. These web-reports present estimates of the farm capital and investment for beef farmers, grain farmers, lamb-producing farmers and dairy farmers for 2016–17 to 2018–19. The reports draw on data from the ABARES annual Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey (AAGIS) and the Australian Dairy Industry Survey (ADIS).

20 June 2019: Reports for Farm debt and equity for the beef, grain, lamb and dairy industries are now available. These web-reports present estimates of the debt, equity and debt-servicing capacity for beef farmers, grain farmers, lamb-producing farmers and dairy farmers for 2016–17 to 2018–19. The reports draw on data from the ABARES annual Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey (AAGIS) and the Australian Dairy Industry Survey (ADIS).

20 June 2019: Reports for Cost of production for beef and sheep farms are now available. These web-reports present cost of production estimates for beef and sheep producers for the three years 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18. The reports draw on data from the ABARES annual Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey (AAGIS).

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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