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


FERTILISER USE, Australia, year ended 30 June 2015


Fertiliser type
Area applied to
Amount applied
('000 ha)
('000 t)

Nitrous slow release fertiliser
1 689
177
Urea slow release fertiliser
1 115
158
Other slow release fertiliser
690
118
Urea
11 564
1 437
Ammonium sulphate
1 789
192
Urea ammonium nitrate
3 245
na
Anhydrous ammonia
307
40
Potassium nitrate
517
59
Ammonium phosphates
13 003
1 097
Other nitrogen-based fertilisers
1 837
304
Single superphosphate
5 221
752
Double and/or triple superphosphate
1 940
198
Other phosphorous based fertilisers
3 885
413
All other fertilisers
2 269
325
All fertilisers
49 071
5 269


na not applicable
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Footnote(s): (a) Includes ACT

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




KEY POINTS
  • During 2014-15 it is estimated that 5.3 million tonnes of fertiliser was applied to a total of 49.1 million hectares of agricultural land by approximately 67,000 agricultural businesses.
  • Nitrogen based fertilisers (excluding slow release) were applied to 32.3 million hectares of agricultural land, accounting for 66% of all fertilisers applied.
  • Ammonium phosphates and urea continue to be the fertilisers applied most widely, and were applied to 13 million hectares and 11.6 million hectares respectively during 2014-15.
  • Western Australia remained the largest user of nitrogen based fertilisers, with Urea and Ammonium phosphates being the most used fertilisers in the state with 295,000 tonnes of ammonium phosphates being applied to 4 million hectares and 299,000 tonnes of urea being applied to 3.7 million hectares.
Tonnes of fertiliser applied, 2014-15
by Natural Resource Management Regions

  • Map: Tonnes of fertiliser applied by NRM