Did you know that the area of the Australian land mass is 769 million hectares (ha)?
Australian land is managed by:
- Approximately 134,000 agricultural businesses, who manage around 52% of the total land area
- Australian, state and territory governments, which manage national parks, state forests and other public land totalling around 25% of the total land area
- Indigenous Australians, who have formal ownership and management or co-management responsibility for 23% of the total land area
Some recent trends in land use include:
- In 2001 the area of agricultural land use was about 452 million ha. By 2010 this had reduced to 398 million ha or 52% of the total area of Australia.
- Grazing of natural vegetation through the period of 1996-2006 reduced from 431 million ha to about 355 million ha.
- The number of farm businesses declined from 140,516 in 2001 to 134,184 in 2010.
- Areas managed for conservation have expanded over the last decade by about 50% to about 25 percent of Australia’s land use area.
- Areas formally owned and managed by Indigenous Australian’s increased to around 23 percent of Australia’s land use area.
- Public native forest managed for wood production declined by nearly 20 percent or around 9 million hectares.
- Plantation forests expanded to around one million hectares.
- Urban and rural residential land use continue to sprawl.
More detailed information is available through the resources below.