4627.0 - Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2014-15 Quality Declaration 
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KEY FIGURES


LAND USE ON FARMS, Australia, year ended 30 June 2015


2014-15
Change since
2013-14
%

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES AND LAND AREA

Agricultural businesses (no.)
123 091
-4.2%
Area of agricultural holdings ('000 ha)
384 558
-5.3%
Total land area ('000 ha) (a)
769 202

LAND USE FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION ('000 ha)

Land use for agricultural production
Crops
31 397
-2.8%
Grazing
316 722
-7.4%
- Improved pasture
36 817
-25.3%
- Other grazing land
279 905
-4.4%
Forestry plantation
349
-14.3%
Other agricultural purposes
101
25.2%
Land not used for agricultural purposes
Land set aside for conservation/protection purposes
7 038
-18.2%
Other land not used for agricultural production
7 088
-20.2%


(a) Total land area supplied by Geoscience Australia
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Footnote(s): (a) Includes ACT

Source(s): Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2014-15



KEY POINTS
  • In 2014-15 there were 384.6 million hectares of land owned or operated by 123,000 agricultural businesses in Australia. These estimates represent a 21.7 million hectare, or 5.3%, reduction in land area and a 5,400, or 4.2%, reduction in the number of agricultural businesses when compared to the 2013-14 estimates.
  • Of the 384.6 million hectares of land owned or operated by agricultural businesses in Australia, 316.7 million hectares, or 82%, were used for grazing. Queensland was the largest contributor to this area, with an estimated 118.7 million hectares of land used for grazing in 2014-15.
  • The area of improved pastures reported in Australia decreased by 12.4 million hectares, or 25%, to 36.8 million hectares in 2014-15.
  • The area of land used for crops in Australia decreased by 910,000 hectares, or 2.8%, to 31.4 million hectares in 2014-15. The largest decrease occurred in South Australia, which was down by 258,000 hectares, or 5.2% in 2014-15. In contrast, Tasmania reported a 5,000 hectare or 3.9% increase in land used for crops.