Australia: Plantation forestry statistics updated

Wednesday 15 May 2019

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) released the Australian plantation statistics 2019 update report on Friday 3 May 2019 (click here).

Key findings:
  • In 2017–18 Australia’s total commercial plantation area was 1,942,700 hectares, a decrease of 12,400 hectares (0.6 per cent) from 2016?17.
  • The total area of softwood plantations increased marginally in 2017–18 to 1,037,000 hectares, and accounted for more than 53 per cent of total commercial plantation area. The total area of hardwood plantations was 896,000 hectares, a decrease of 12,500 hectares (1.4 per cent) from 2016–17, and accounted for 46 per cent of total commercial plantation area.
  • In 2017-18 Victoria continued to have the largest total area of commercial plantations of Australia’s states and territories (420,600 hectares), followed by New South Wales (393,200 hectares) and Western Australia (361,700 hectares).
  • A total of 3,150 hectares of new plantations were established in 2017–18, comprising 1,700 hectares of softwood plantations and 1,450 hectares of hardwood plantations.



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