7121.0 - Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/04/2011   
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Image: Field LAND USE

Area of farms in Australia fell in 2009-10, by 3% to 399 million hectares. This continues the trend established in recent years.

The area planted to crops in Australia also fell by 6% in 2009-10 to 26 million hectares.

Approximately 52% of Australia's total land area was used for agriculture. On a state basis, Tasmania had the smallest proportion of farm land (24% of state area) while the highest was in Queensland (75% of state area).

AREA OF AUSTRALIAN FARMS, 2000-01 - 2009-10
Graph: AREA OF AUSTRALIAN FARMS, 2000-01—2009-10