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