4609.0.55.003 - Land Account: Queensland, Experimental Estimates, 2013  
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28 August 2013
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra Time)
Livestock dominates Queensland land use, but residential land is worth more

The first land account for Queensland has found that livestock grazing is the largest use of the state's land, using 102 million hectares or 59 percent of the state, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS land account also reported that rateable land values were highest in the most populated areas. Land classified as residential by the state of Queensland represents $464 billion, or 86 percent of Queensland's total rateable land value, but only five percent of the state's total area.

"Over 166,000 new land parcels were made available in Queensland between 2006 and 2011, supporting an increase of nine percent in the population of Queensland over the same period', said Mark Lound, ABS Director of Environmental Accounts, "and three quarters of these land releases were associated with residential land use."

"This is the first release of the Queensland land account, and it integrates social, economic and environmental data with a spatial dimension thanks to Google Earth®. The release covers land area and value; population and land development; land use and land cover,

"Today's land account release is a result of a massive collaborative effort from Commonwealth and State government agencies to provide a range of information on land use, land value and land cover".

The ESRI® Geodatabase and Mapinfo versions can be downloaded from the ABS website and used as a socio–economic layer in a geographic information system.

Further information can be found in Land Account: Queensland, Experimental Estimates (cat. no. 4609.0.55.003) available for free download from the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au).

Media note:
When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.