Agricultural businesses managed 53% of Australia’s total land area during 2013-14.
The area of land mainly used for crops (including vegetables, fruit, nuts, rice, cotton, grapevines, nurseries and land left fallow between crops) increased by 696,000 hectares, or 2.2%, to 32.3 million hectares when compared to 2012-13 estimates.
Approximately 37% of Victoria’s agricultural land was mainly used for crops. This was the highest proportion across all Australian state and territories.
Of the 406.3 million hectares of land managed by agricultural businesses, 12.1% or 49.3 million hectares were used for grazing on improved pastures.
Tasmania remained the state with the largest percentage of agricultural land classified as improved pasture for grazing (53.3%), with Victoria the second largest (41.8%).
The area of other land used for grazing (which includes natural pastures/grasslands, rangelands, woodland/shrub land, forested areas and swamps/wetland) represented 72.1% of the 406.3 million hectares of land managed by agricultural businesses.
Grazing on other land remained the major use of agricultural land in all states/territories with the exception of Victoria and Tasmania. The Northern Territory had the largest proportion of grazing on other land with 94.1%.