4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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KEY FIGURES

FERTILISER USE, Australia, year ended 30 June 2017

Fertiliser type
Area applied to
Movement since
Amount applied
Movement since
('000 ha)
2015-16
('000 t)
2015-16
%
%

Nitrate slow release fertiliser
1 635
5.9
151
-8.8
Urea slow release fertiliser
2 471
103.1
291
77.3
Other slow release fertiliser
877
33.1
85
-8.9
Urea
11 174
-5.0
1 387
0.2
Ammonium sulphate
1 464
-14.5
146
-15.2
Urea ammonium nitrate
3 484
-11.5
na
na
Anhydrous ammonia
261
-19.7
35
-10.9
Potassium nitrate
158
-43.1
25
-47.7
Ammonium phosphates
13 192
-8.2
963
-13.6
Other nitrogen based fertilisers
2 082
55.9
288
36.2
Single superphosphate
5 317
6.9
700
-5.0
Double and/or triple superphosphate
1 575
23.4
176
21.8
Other phosphorous-based fertilisers
3 752
30.7
359
37.2
Muriate of potash and/or sulphate of potash
1 872
-19.2
140
-24.1
All other fertilisers
1 068
-73.6
125
-66.5
All fertilisers
50 383
-4.3
4 873
-4.4

KEY POINTS
  • An estimated 57,300 agricultural businesses applied 5 million tonnes of fertiliser to a total of 50 million hectares of agricultural land across Australia in 2016-17, a 4% decrease in the area to which fertilisers were applied.
  • By area, ammonium phosphates continued to be the most widely used fertiliser in 2016-17. However, the area to which it was applied decreased by 8% to 13 million hectares and the tonnes applied decreased by 14% to 963,000 tonnes.
  • Urea continues to be the most applied fertiliser in 2016-17, both by the amount applied and the number of businesses using it. While the area on which urea was applied decreased 5% to 11 million hectares, the amount applied was virtually unchanged from 2015-16 at 1.4 million tonnes. Nationally, 21,800 agricultural businesses applied urea in 2016-17, a 2% decrease from 2015-16.
  • Agricultural businesses in Western Australia continued to fertilise the largest areas of land with 19 million hectares reported in 2016-17 or 37% of Australia's total area of agricultural land fertilised. Both Western Australia and New South Wales (including the ACT) used the largest amounts of fertiliser during 2016-17 with both applying just over 1 million tonnes.

All fertiliser applied by tonnes ('000), 2016-17
by Natural Resource Management Regions

Image: All fertiliser applied by tonnes