4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/06/2013   
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Image: Tree tops PROTECTION OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT ON FARMS



In 2011-12:
  • approximately 63% of Australian agricultural businesses reported having native vegetation on their holdings. Of these, 58% protected their native vegetation for conservation purposes.
  • wetlands were reported by 14% of all agricultural businesses, with half of these businesses reporting that they protected the wetlands on their properties.
  • around 52% of all agricultural businesses reported rivers or creeks on their holdings, with over half (52%) of these protecting their river or creek banks.
  • the highest proportion of agricultural businesses protecting native vegetation on their holdings was reported for Western Australia (69%) while the lowest proportion was recorded for the Northern Territory (49%).
  • Western Australia recorded the highest proportion of agricultural businesses protecting wetland areas on their holdings (61%) while the lowest proportion was recorded for New South Wales (44%).
  • the highest proportion of agricultural businesses protecting river or creek banks on their holdings was reported for Victoria (61%) while the lowest proportion was recorded for New South Wales (45%).

Graph Image for Agricultural businesses protecting the natural environment on farms