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Latest research

Catchment scale land use of Australia – Update December 2018

The dataset provides the best available land use mapping information for Australia’s regions. It is used for research into agricultural productivity and sustainability, biodiversity conservation, biosecurity, land use planning, natural disaster management and natural resource management.

Published: 19 March 2019.

Catchment scale land use of Australia – Commodities – Update December 2018

This dataset complements the Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia dataset and can be used to identify, map and analyse (selected) agricultural commodities (where available). Commodity information can be extracted or combined with other spatial datasets to provide new insights concerning land use in Australia.

Published: 19 March 2019.

Water allocation prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin unlikely to reach Millennium Drought peaks next year

The Water Market Outlook provides a range of possible allocation prices for 2019-20 under representative dry, average, and wet scenarios.

Published: 6 March 2019.

Farm production expected to fall due to drought

In 2018–19 the value of farm production is expected to decline by 4 per cent to $58 billion, according to the March 2019 Agricultural Commodities report.

Published: 5 March 2019.

Upscaling the Australian softwood sawmill industry: Feasibility and implications for future plantation investment

This report estimates the area of new softwood plantations required to support a world-scale softwood sawmill in selected National Plantation Inventory (NPI) regions.

Published: 26 February 2019.

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

This report explores the economic potential of establishing new commercial timber plantations in Australia, between 2020 and 2050, under current and alternative market conditions.

Published: 26 February 2019.

Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018

This report is a key source of comprehensive, current information on Australia's forests for use by industry, state, territory and Australian governments, and research and educational institutions.

Published: 21 February 2019.

Australian fisheries economic indicators report 2017 – Financial and economic performance of the Northern Prawn Fishery

This report presents results of the 2017 Northern Prawn Fishery survey for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 financial years, and non-survey based estimates of economic performance for the 2016–17 financial year.

Published: 21 February 2019.

Dry seasonal conditions cut summer crop prospects

Drier and warmer than average seasonal conditions in some cropping regions reduced prospects of summer crop production in 2018–19, according to the latest Australian Crop Report.

Published: 19 February 2019.

The future of Chinese agricultural policy

This report analyses new policy directions in China’s agricultural policy, such as supply side reforms, present key opportunities and challenges for Australian agriculture.

Published: 14 February 2019.

Insights into how China’s agricultural policy is changing

The new ABARES Insights brief – Analysis of the Future of Chinese agricultural policy – summarises research into major changes in policy direction since 2017.

Published: 14 February 2019.

Measuring water market prices

This report compares different methods for analysing water market price data, including standard methods and more sophisticated methods not currently in use.

Published: 5 January 2019.


ABARES research and data

Historic and archived publications 
Our all products page provides access to our comprehensive publications database, including historic and archived reports.

Find the latest data sets, data set series, data visualisations, access agricultural industry databases, and software downloads from our data centre.​

Online research tools

The Monitor
Explore climatic, production, biophysical and economic data sets from across Australia.

Agricultural Census visualisations
Select 2015-16 datasets, filter by industry, category or commodity, explore national and regional maps.

Climatch – species range prediction
Predict the potential range of a species by matching climate data from region to region.

Rainfall to Pasture Growth Outlook Tool
Access rainfall, soil moisture and pasture growth information.

Rainfall reliability calculator
Estimate rainfall reliability, rainfall means, and rainfall variability.

Visual data content

ABARES analysis and data in easy-to-read and use graphics

Data visualisations
Information ready to use on our Tableau Public page​

Last reviewed:
19 Mar 2019