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Farm surveys and analysis

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ABARES has been conducting surveys of agricultural industries sin​ce the 1940s. Farm surveys conducted by ABARES provide a wide range of information on the current and historical economic performance of farm business units in the rural se​ctor. This information is used for research and analysis on a range of industry issues of concern to gove​rnment and industry.​

An overview of results for Australian br​oadacre and dairy farms is released at the ABARES OUTLOOK Conference each March. This includes analysis of farm costs, receipts, income, profit, rates of return, performance by state and performance by industry (defined by ANZSIC). Farms are classified to ANZSIC-based industries based on the relative contribution of farm outputs to total​ output. This method allows analysis to focus on relatively homogeneous groups of farms.

Subsequent analyses of farm performance are published for beef, lamb, grain and dairy farms. These industries are classified more broadly than those published at OUTLOOK to provide a more complete picture of trends and variation in performance across farms by type of co​mmodity produced, size and region.​​

Latest releases

06 May 2019: Reports for Farm financial performance for the beef, grain, lamb and dairy industries are now available. These web-reports present estimates of the incomes, profits, costs and rates of return for beef farmers, grain farmers, lamb-producing farmers and dairy farmers for 2016–17 to 2018–19. The reports draw on data from the ABARES annual Australian Agricultural and Grazing Industries Survey (AAGIS) and the Australian Dairy Industry Survey (ADIS).


Last reviewed:
06 May 2019