Approximately 52% of Australia's total land area was reported as agricultural holdings, a 2% decrease since 2011-12.
From a state perspective, the highest proportion of land managed by agricultural businesses was in Queensland (75% of state area), whilst Tasmania had the lowest proportion (24% of state area).
The majority of agricultural businesses were engaged in grazing activities (76%). Grazing was the most common agricultural activity in all states except South Australia, where cropping was the most common activity (68% of agricultural businesses in that state).
About 86% of Australian agricultural land was mainly used for grazing, with 11% on improved pasture and 75% on other agricultural land.
Agricultural businesses reported that nationally, 8% of agricultural land was mainly used for crops. At the state level, Victoria had the largest percentage of agricultural land mainly used for crops (37%), with New South Wales/ACT the next highest (15%).
LAND USE ON FARMS, Australia, year ended 30 June 2013
AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES AND LAND AREA
Agricultural businesses (no.)
Area of agricultural holdings ('000 ha)
Total land area ('000 ha)
LAND USE FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION ('000 ha)
Land use for agricultural production
- Improved pasture
- Other grazing land
Other agricultural purposes
Land not used for agricultural purposes
Land set aside for conservation/protection purposes
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