​​​​​​​​​​​​​These fact sheets provide current information about how the Australian Government is supporting the agriculture, fisheries​ and water sectors, and are available for download.

Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper

The White Paper is the Australian Government’s plan to grow agriculture. It is a $4 billion investment in our farmers

Australia's water resources

Effective water policy makes a difference to all Australian communities, especially rural and farming communities.

Beef cattle

Around 57% of all Australian farms carry beef cattle, making this the most common agricultural activity in Australia


Biosecurity is critical to protect Australia’s $60 billion-a-year agriculture industry, our environment and community from severe pests and diseases


Australia has ​around 1,470 cotton farms and is one of the world’s largest exporters of raw cotton


Dairy is one of Australia’s most important rural industries worth $3.7 billion in farm gate production, and directly employing around 42,100 people

Fisheries and aquaculture

Australia’s wild capture fisheries and aquaculture industries contribute almost $3 billion a year to the economy

Grains, oilseeds and pulses

Grains, oilseeds and pulses contribute substantially to Australia's economy, accounting for around 30% of farm export income in 2016–17


Australia’s horticulture industry is the third-largest agricultural sector with a production value of over $9 billion

Kangaroo meat

Kangaroo meat is sustainably sourced—only around 3% of the total harvestable kangaroo population is used for meat production.​

Livestock exports

The livestock export industry contributed more than $1.6 billion to the Australian economy in 2016–17

Market access

The Australian Government is committed to securing improved access to overseas markets for Australian agriculture


Accessing premium international markets is key to the continuing success of Australian agriculture


Australia exports rice to more than 60 countries, with exports valued at $245 million in 2016-17

Sheep meat

Sheep meat is a significant source of income for around one in three Australian farmers


The sugarcane industry is one of Australia’s largest and most important rural industries, employing about 16,000 people

Supporting farmers and rural communities

The Australian Government supports farmers to manage their business risks and to prepare for and recover from drought and other hardship


Australia is consistently among the top 10 wine-producing countries in the world and is one of the few countries that produces every major wine variety.


Australia is the world’s largest wool producer, accounting for around 20 per cent of global wool production.


The information in these fact sheets is correct at the time of publishing. For the most up to date statistics and data please visit ABARES and ABS

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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