Forests

​ABARES research and analysis in forest economics and sciences provides professionally independent, world-class advice to inform government and private sector decision-makers on significant issues affecting forests and the forestry sector. The ABARES forest research capabilities (below) give more information. To enable this research and analysis, ABARES develops and maintains key national databases on forests and the forestry sector, including Australia’s National Forest Inventory.

Outcomes of ABARES forest research and analysis are published on the Forests Australia website and the ABARES website.

Key products

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Australia’s State of the Forests Report

Australia’s State of the Forests Report – five-yearly comprehensive national reports on the status of Australia's forests, produced by ABARES through the collaboration of all state, territory, and Australian governments.​

Australian Forest and Wood Products Statistics

Australian Forest and Wood Products Statistics – biannual reports containing comprehensive datasets relating to Australia's forestry sector, including time series of data on forest and wood products resources, production, consumption, trade and employment

Australia's forests at a glance

Australia's forests at a glance – annual pocket-books of updated data and information about Australia's native forests and industrial plantations

Australia’s plantation statistics

Australia’s plantation statistics – annual tabular plantations updates and five-yearly comprehensive reports based on spatial data

Australia's plantation log supply

Australia's plantation log supply – five-yearly comprehensive plantation sawlog and pulplog supply forecasts from softwood and hardwood plantations

Australian forest profiles

Australian forest profiles – a collection of eight fact sheets comprising an overview profile of Australia's forests and profiles of the seven main native forest types

Key data sets

Australian forest and wood products statistics

Australian plantation statistics

National forest inventory


More forestry data sets are available on the Forests Australia website.

ABARES forest research capabilities

ABARES capabilities cover spatial analysis of forest data; economic surveys, analyses, modelling and forecasting; forest ecology, silvicultural systems, and sustainable yield; and national and international reporting based on criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management. ABARES also contributes data, performs analysis and provides advice on Regional Forest Agreements, threatened species, illegal logging, and national, regional and state-based forest issues.

ABARES manages Australia’s National Forest Inventory (NFI), which was established in 1988 to enable the calculation of nationally consistent and comprehensive attributes describing Australia’s forests. The NFI is the key repository for a range of data about Australia’s forests, with data supplied by state, territory and Australian government agencies integrated into national classifications by ABARES. Data in the NFI is used for publicly communicating information about Australia's forests, including in the Australia’s State of the Forests Report series.

ABARES also manages the National Plantation Inventory (NPI), a component of the NFI which has been collecting data on plantations established primarily for wood production in Australia since 1993. NPI data on Australia’s plantations are collected by ABARES through an annual survey of growers, grower representatives and state and territory agencies.

Forests Australia

The Forests Australia website, hosted by ABARES, provides up-to-date information on Australia's forests in collaboration with Australia’s state and territory governments.

Recent ABARES forest publications

Last reviewed:
03 May 2017