1386.0 - What's New in Regional Statistics, Jun 2010  
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Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2008-09

Australian Wine and Grape Industry, 2009


Released on 9 April 2010, Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 7121.0) contains final estimates for the main commodities collected in the 2008-09 Agricultural Survey. Included are statistics on land use, industry activity, crop and horticultural area and production, and livestock numbers. Data is available for a range of sub-state geographic levels, including Natural Resource Management (NRM) region and Statistical Division (SD).

Some key findings from the publication were:

  • The 2008-09 Agricultural Survey revealed that the number of businesses undertaking agricultural activity had fallen to a total of 136,000 businesses. This represents a 3% decrease compared with 2007-08.
  • The beef farming industry remained the largest sector in 2008-09, comprising nearly a third of businesses classified to the agriculture industry.
  • The number of non-agricultural businesses which undertook agricultural activity during 2008-09 remained steady at an estimated 15,000 businesses.


Released on 28 January 2010, Australian Wine and Grape Industry, 2009 (cat. no. 1329.0) presents a summary of statistics on grape and wine production and related activities collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as well from other sources. It is a statistical compendium of Australia's wine and grape industry containing information on: area of vines and production of grapes; wine production and grapes crushed; structure of the wine manufacturing industry; inventories of wine owned by winemakers at 30 June; domestic wine sales; exports and imports of wine. Some data is available at sub state regions for Geographical Indication (GI) zones, as well as derived zones.

Some key findings from the publication were:
  • There were 1.2 billion litres of beverage wine produced in 2008-09, a decrease of 74.8 million litres (5.9%) compared with 2007-08.
  • In 2008-09 domestic sales of Australian wine increased by 0.6%, from the previous financial year, to 430 million litres.
  • Imports of wine into Australia rose by 16.7% to 62 million litres in 2008-09, up from 53 million litres in 2007-08.