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7121.0 - Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2013-14 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/05/2015   
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KEY FIGURES

LAND USE, year ended 30 June 2014

Aust.
'000 ha
NSW
'000 ha
Vic.
'000 ha
Qld
'000 ha
SA
'000 ha
WA
'000 ha
Tas.
'000 ha
NT
'000 ha
ACT
'000 ha

Area of farms
406 269
58 303
12 290
139 933
52 823
89 313
1 701
51 871
34
Area of crops (a)
25 492
6 340
4 398
2 263
3 774
8 570
134
12
1
Area of vegetables
126
17
37
33
np
10
13
np
0
Area of grazing
342 884
44 486
6 349
126 402
46 155
69 485
1 252
48 726
29

(a) Includes broadacre crops, hay and silage, nurseries, cut flowers and cultivated turf, fruit and nuts, and vegetables.
np not published


KEY LAND USE POINTS

In 2013-14, the area of land:
  • used for agriculture in Australia increased by 2% from 2012-13, to 406 million hectares. This was driven by increases in Queensland and South Australia and partially offset by decreases in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
  • planted to crops fell by 5%.
  • planted to vegetables remained fairly steady, accounting for less than 1% of total agricultural land in Australia.
  • used for grazing accounted for 84% of agricultural land in Australia.


FARM MANAGEMENT, year ended 30 June 2014

Aust.
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT

Average age of respondent (yrs)
57
57
57
55
55
56
57
52
61
Average time respondent involved in farming (yrs)
33
33
34
33
32
33
35
24
33
Male respondents (%)
77
77
79
71
82
82
83
65
84
Female respondents (%)
23
23
21
29
18
18
17
35
16

SOURCES OF FARM INCOME (%)

Agricultural production on holding
70
67
74
67
75
76
67
75
56
Grants, government transfers, relief funding
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
Off-farm employment/business activities
23
25
20
26
19
17
25
17
35
Other sources
6
7
5
6
5
6
7
5
8
Not stated
0
0
0
0
1
np
1
1
0

np not published


KEY FARM MANAGEMENT POINTS

In 2013-14, key attributes of Australian farm management were:
  • Of all survey respondents, 92% reported that they were the owner or operator of the business for which they were reporting.
  • The number of male respondents greatly outweighed the number of female respondents, with 77% of respondents being male.
  • The average number of years respondents were involved in farming was 33.4. Of the states/territories, Tasmania had the highest average at 34.6 years and Northern Territory the lowest at 24.4 years.
  • The main source of income for reporting businesses was from agricultural production on the holding. At the national level, an average of 70% of income was generated on-farm.


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