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Australian plantation statistics 2019 update
National Plantation Inventory
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Overview Australian plantation statistics is published every year. It supports strategic forest industry planning and decision-making by presenting information on total plantation area, new planting and ownership. The plantation areas are presented by National Plantation Inventory regions for softwood and hardwood plantation types, species and jurisdiction, based on data collected from private growers and grower representatives and public state and territory agencies. Key Issues 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. These plantations are located within the 15 NPI regions that also contain the vast majority of regional processing facilities (regional hubs). Victoria continued to have the largest total area of commercial plantations of Australia's states and territories (420,600 hectares) in 2017-18, 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. Around 51 per cent of the new plantations established in 2017-18 were privately owned and 49 per cent were publicly owned. Around 15,550 hectares of Australia's plantation estate was converted to another land use in 2017-18, comprising 13,950 hectares of hardwood plantations (90 per cent) and 1,600 hectares of softwood plantations (10 per cent). The majority of converted plantations were in Western Australia (59 per cent) and South Australia (25 per cent).
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ABARES : Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences : Department of Agriculture

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ISBN 978-1-74323-433-4

ISSN 189-3128

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