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Economic consequences of a scrapie outbreak in Australia: This report analyses the potential impacts of an outbreak in Australia’s sheep and goat population and the benefits of control measures.


Rural research, development and extension investment in Australia: our report shows the value of Australia’s rural RD&E jumped from $2.6 billion in 2005–06 ​to $3.3 billion in 2014–15, in real terms.


Agricultural Commodities Report September 2017: The gross value of Australian farm production is forecast to fall almost 9 per cent to $58 billion in 2017–18, primarily reflecting a decline in crop production, according to the Agricultural Commodities, September quarter 2017 report.


Australian Crop Report: September 2017: Australia’s winter crop production is expected to decrease in 2017-18 as a result of unfavourable conditions in many key cropping regions, according to the latest Australian Crop Report.


Australia’s forests at a glance: This pocket-book covers forest types, areas and how native forests—including old growth forests—are conserved and managed.


Australia’s Forestry Industry 2017: This map provides a detailed snapshot of the forest industry, including the location of major wood processing facilities, native forest tenure, hardwood and softwood plantations, as well as roads and forestry ports.


Farm capital and investment chapter for grain, lamb, beef and dairy farms: These web-reports present estimates of farm capital and farm investment for grain farmers, lamb producers, beef farmers and dairy farmers for 2014–15 to 2015–16. The reports draw on data from the ABARES annual Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey (AAGIS) and the Australian Dairy Industry Survey (ADIS).


Data and methods appendix of the Australian water markets report 2015–16: The Australian water markets reportdata and method section outlines the data sources, issues and methods used to compile the report. It also highlights the current state of market information and issues facing market analysis from a technical perspective.

Data sources for the report include the Bureau of Meteorology, the Department of Environment and Energy, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority, and jurisdictional water agencies.


Potential displacement of commercial fisheries by a Commonwealth marine reserve zoning scheme: Report on draft management plan zoning: The Department of the Environment and Energy commissioned ABARES to assess the potential displacement of commercial fishing by the zoning configuration within the Commonwealth Marine Reserves draft management plan.


A stocktake of selected agricultural markets of the European Union: This report covers high-value commodities and Australian industries​ with growth potential. Improved market access to large EU markets could be significant for Australia.

The objective of this analysis is to inform stakeholders of this potential and to highlight opportunities for Australia in these markets.


Farm debt - lamb, grain, beef and dairy industries 2014-15: These web-reports present estimates of the debt, equity, and debt-servicing capacity for lamb producers, grain farmers, beef farmers and dairy farmers for 2014–15 to 2016–17.

The reports draw on data from the ABARES annual Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey (AAGIS) and the Australian Dairy Industry Survey (ADIS).

Water markets: Allocation trade in the northern Murray–Darling Basin (MDB) in 2015–16 comprised 7.9 per cent of the national total, according to the Australian Water Markets Reports 2015-16. The most active water systems were the Lachlan, the combined New South Wales and Queensland Border Rivers, and the Macquarie–Castlereagh.

The majority of water entitlements in the northern MDB are for regulated surface water (47 per cent by volume). However there are also significant volumes of unregulated surface water (35 per cent) and groundwater (18 per cent).

Crop Report – June 2017: Coming off the back of a record-breaking 2016-17, the Crop Report’s June edition has forecast winter crop production to drop by 33 per cent in 2017–18 to 40.1 million tonnes, due largely to an assumed fall in average yields.

The season opening was mixed, with total area planted to winter crops forecast to fall by about 1 per cent in 2017–18 to 22.5 million hectares.

Food demand in Australia: Trends and food security issues:New research on domestic food demand examines trends and issues behind an 88 per cent rise in the real value of household food consumption since 1989–90, from $49 billion to reach $92 billion in 2015–16.

Several factors influenced food demand such as population, income, prices, tastes and preferences.

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Last reviewed:
22 Sep 2017