Statistical Information on Agriculture

The global competitiveness of Tasmanian agricultural sectors is influenced by the ability to understand and respond to changing market and trade situations. The following sources of statistical and industry data sets are often used by industry analysts to help benchmark the health of an industry over time.


Agricultural Commodity Statistics

A key source of information is the annual report Agricultural Commodity Statistics published by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture.

This annual report is a compendium of historical statistics covering the agriculture, fisheries, food and forestry sectors. It provides a set of comprehensive statistical tables on Australian and world process, production, consumption, stocks and trade for nearly 20 commodities.

The commodities covered include grains and oilseeds, livestock, livestock products, food, wool, horticulture, forestry and fisheries products, and also contains statistics on agricultural water use and macroeconomic indicators such as economic growth, employment, balance of trade, exchange rates and interest rates.


Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

The ABS provides a wide range of information and reports. The following are regularly used by DPIPWE analysts:

Provides condensed information on Tasmania's population, finances, social and vital statistics, labour force, wages, foreign trade, price indexes, major industries and environment.

  • State and Territory Statistical State Indicators for 2011

The ABS releases indicator statistics for a range of demographic data. See:

  • Regional Agricultural and Natural Resource Management data - 2005-06 Agricultural Census

All data collected in the 2005-06 Agricultural Census are available at the Statistical Division (SD) and for Natural Resource Management (NRM) Region levels. These data include area of holding, land use, tree seed sown and tree seedlings planted, pastures and broadacre crops, horticulture and livestock. See the ABS webpage containing the small area data and natural resource management at the commodity level.

  • Water Use on Agricultural land 2009-10

This publication presents estimates of agricultural water use, including pastures and crops irrigated, irrigation water sources, irrigation water management and water related responses to adverse seasonal conditions. Data are available for a range of sub-state geographic levels, including Natural Resource Management (NRM) region, Statistical Division (SD) and Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) in July 2011. The data are based on a response rate of 87% from a sample of approximately 38,000 agricultural businesses selected for the 2009-10 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).
Download a copy of the report.

  • Gross value of Irrigated Agricultural Production 2009-10

These tables present statistics showing the Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (GVIAP). Annual data are presented for the reference period 2009-10 for Australia, States and Territories, the Murray-Darling Basin and Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions, for key agricultural commodity groups. The tables also present the total gross value of agricultural commodities (GVAP) and the Volume of Water Applied (in megalitres) to irrigated crops and pastures. Download the spreadsheets.

  • Other useful ABS information:

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