1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/05/2012   
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In recent times, there has been considerable government and other sector interest in understanding the degree of foreign ownership in the agricultural industry. To meet this information need, and following consultation with key Government bodies, the ABS undertook a new survey in 2011 – the Agricultural Land and Water Ownership Survey (ALWOS). The ALWOS was despatched in March 2011, to a sample of approximately 11,000 agricultural businesses representing the Australian agricultural industry. Specifically, the survey collected data on the ownership status of agricultural businesses, agricultural land and water assets used for agricultural purposes.

Results of the survey showed that as at 31 December 2010:

  • 99% of all agricultural businesses in Australia were entirely Australian owned
  • 89% of agricultural land was entirely Australian owned, and
  • 91% of water entitlements for agricultural purposes were entirely Australian owned.

The survey results are broadly comparable with levels of foreign ownership of agricultural businesses and land collected in the Agricultural Census of 1983–84. The ABS has not previously collected data on foreign ownership of agricultural water entitlements.

More details can be found in Agricultural Land and Water Ownership, December 2010 (7127.0).


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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.