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Future opportunities for using forest and sawmill residues in Australia

Peter Lock & Linden Whittle
The Australian forest industry generates millions of tonnes of wood residues every year as a by-product of harvesting and sawmilling operations. The efficient use of harvest and sawmill residues can reduce disposal costs and create additional revenue streams, contributing to the international competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood processing industry. This report presents estimates of the potential production and use of harvest and sawmill residues in Australia in 2050. The modelling framework...

Measuring water market prices

Orion Sanders, Neal Hughes & Mihir Gupta
This report was prepared for the Department’s Water Division. This report compares different methods for analysing water market price data. The goal is to identify a preferred method (which could be employed by all public and private analysts) for producing accurate and robust estimates of historical and current water market prices, for both water allocations (temporary trade) and water entitlements (permanent trade). The report considers standard methods employed currently by analysts along with more sophisticated...

Agricultural price and volume indicators: concepts, data sources and methods

Kirk Zammit, Christopher Boult, Shiji Zhao & Liangyue Cao
Australia's agricultural sector is highly export oriented. The value of these exports, and therefore their components, volume and price, are important indicators of farm performance. Rather than just communicating commodity specific developments, there is a policy need to understand developments across industries and sectors. This paper outlines the recent development of aggregate price and volume indicators for Australian agricultural exports. The development of these indicators is couched in an accounting framework to ensure consistency across...

Snapshot of Australia's agricultural workforce

Bill Binks, Nyree Stenekes, Heleen Kruger & Robert Kancans
his snapshot describes Australia’s agricultural workforce, providing key information and statistics in one place. We cover where workers live, what sub-industries and occupations they work in, and the mobility and educational attainment of the workforce. The snapshot also describes the involvement of Indigenous people, People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, women and young people in the agricultural workforce.

The future of public sector forecasting in Australian agriculture

Rohan Nelson
The operating context of Australian agriculture has changed dramatically since Australian governments first committed to providing forecasting services for agriculture in the 1940s. This paper explores the evolution of these forecasting services, how the world has changed since then, and what this means for the future design of these services.

The future of Chinese agricultural policy: Opportunities and challenges for Australian grains, beef and dairy exports

James Fell
This report presents the future of Chinese agricultural policy and the key opportunities and challenges for Australia's dairy, grain and meat exporters. In recent years the direction of Chinese agricultural policy has been changing. The emphasis of the new policy direction is on supply side reform, in line with the Chinese president's reform agenda. Key policy documents released since 2017 outline reforms that have implications for the future of Australian agricultural exports to China.

Australian forest and wood product statistics: September and December quarters 2018

Australian Bureau Of Agricultural Resource Economics And Sciences (ABARES)
This issue of the Australian forest and wood products statistics (AFWPS) includes 2017–18 data for key domestic indicators of forestry sector activity, including Australia's commercial plantation estate, volume and value of logs harvested, wood products production and trade. This issue also presents updated quarterly data for dwelling unit commencements for the September and December quarters of 2018.

Drought impacts on broadacre and dairy farms in South-Eastern Australia

Peter Martin & Vernon Topp

Australian forest and wood products statistics: March and June quarters 2018

Australian Bureau Of Agricultural Resource Economics And Sciences (ABARES)
This issue of the Australian forest and wood products statistics (AFWPS) presents 2016-17 data for key indicators of domestic forestry sector activity, including sales and service income and industry value added. It includes estimates of the volume and value of logs harvested in 2017-18; as well as housing and other residential commencements, and wood products trade statistics for 2017-18. This AFWPS issue also presents updated socio-economic indicators and trends for the forestry sector drawn from...

Australian plantation statistics 2019 update

Rhys Downham & Mijo Gavran
Australian plantation statistics is published every year. It supports strategic forest industry planning and decision-making by presenting information on total plantation area, new planting and ownership. The plantation areas are presented by National Plantation Inventory regions for softwood and hardwood plantation types, species and jurisdiction, based on data collected from private growers and grower representatives and public state and territory agencies.

Agricultural commodities: March quarter 2019

Australian Bureau Of Agricultural Resource Economics And Sciences (ABARES)

ABARES National Wood Processing Survey 2016-17

Rhys Downham, Mijo Gavran & Ian Frakes
Between October 2017 and March 2019, ABARES surveyed Australian wood processors to obtain up-to-date mill-specific data, including mill inputs, production and employment. This survey updates the ABARES 2012-13 survey. The results from this survey provide consistent and reliable estimates of the production of hardwood and softwood wood products, using a standardised approach and standardised definitions across each state in Australia.

Analysis of the future of Chinese agricultural policy

James Fell
In recent years China has announced big changes to its agricultural policies, changes which are likely to have an impact on Australian agricultural exporters. ABARES analysed these changes and their potential implications for Australia’s beef, dairy and grains industries in its report “The future of Chinese agricultural policy”, released in February 2019 on the ABARES website. Key insights from that report are summarised here.

Summary of ABARES agricultural forecasting: performance between 2000-01 and 2017-18

Nathan Pitts
This paper analyses the accuracy of ABARES agricultural forecasts in the Australian crop report and Agricultural commodities publications, between 2000–01 and 2017–18. Historically, ABARES September forecasts have an average forecast error of: 11 per cent for total winter crop production, 2 per cent for total meat production, 10 per cent for global indicator prices averaged across major commodities, 6 per cent for the total value of agricultural exports and 15 per cent for export volumes...

A snapshot of Australian Fisheries and Aquaculture

Australian Bureau Of Agricultural Resource Economics And Sciences (ABARES)

Economic potential for new plantation establishment in Australia: Outlook to 2050

Linden Whittle, Peter Lock & Beau Hug

Snapshot of Australian Water Markets

Tim Goesch, Manannan Donoghoe & Neal Hughes

Who talks to whom about marine pest biosecurity? An analysis of the Australian marine pest network

Nyree Stenekes, Heleen Kruger, Ryan R. J. McAllister & Rob Garrard
Marine pests can cause significant negative social, ecological and economic impacts to infrastructure, marine habitats, water quality, marine industries and coastal amenity values. Maintaining an effective marine pest biosecurity system that minimises the risk of marine pests to Australia is a priority for the Australian Government. The Department of Agriculture commissioned ABARES to investigate the current state of Australia’s marine pest biosecurity stakeholder network by means of a social network analysis.

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

Rohan Jacobsen, Martin Mutendeudzi, Claire Howell & Steve Read
Land tenure is the mechanism that declares the legal relationship between people and land, and tenure is a key attribute that has a major bearing on the management intent of forests. Tenure also underpins the identification of who has access to, and right of use over, forests and forest resources. This report outlines the process to assemble a national land tenure dataset for determining the tenure of Australia's forests for inclusion in Australia’s National Forest...

Information and communication technology use in Australian agriculture

Niki Dufty & Thomas Jackson
New information and communications technology (ICT) could deliver the next wave of productivity growth in Australian agriculture. ICT includes all digital technologies that facilitate the electronic capture, processing, storage and exchange of information. To better understand the role of ICT in Australian agriculture and potential barriers to its use, ABARES surveyed over 2,200 farmers in 2016–17. Results from this survey are presented here for broadacre, dairy and vegetable farms.

Treated ballast water and its impact on port water quality

Australian Bureau Of Agricultural Resource Economics And Sciences (ABARES)
The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, sponsored by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), came into force on the 8 September 2017. The Convention regulates the treatment of ballast water to address concerns that ballast water facilitates the spreading of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens. Australia amended the Biosecurity Act 2015 in 2017 to ratify the Convention and requires domestic and international ballast water to be managed to...

ABARES water market outlook

Neal Hughes, Mihir Gupta & Tim Westwood
This ABARES water market outlook focuses on prices for water allocations within the southern Murray-Darling Basin (sMDB). A brief summary of market conditions prevailing in 2018–19 is provided along with an outlook for 2019–20.

Snapshot of Australian Agriculture (2018)

This brief describes the current state of Australian agriculture, with the aim of providing key information and statistics in one place. We cover six key aspects of Australian agriculture: its role in the broader economy, trends in production, industry structure, exports, productivity and risk management.

Agricultural commodity statistics 2018

Australian Bureau Of Agricultural Resource Economics And Sciences (ABARES)

Registration Year

  • 2018
  • 2019

Resource Types

  • DataPaper

Data Centers

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - ABARES