Australian agriculture is an integral part the nation’s economy, with crops generating more than half of the total value in recent years. In 2015–16 plant production industries contributed over $30 billion to annual agricultural production.

Value of plant and animal production industries in Australia, 1972–2017. Data is from Agricultural commodities: March quarter 2018 – Statistics – data tables 13A and 13B. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Canberra. Accessed online 31 May 2018 * Includes forestry from 1995–96

The following figure shows the contribution of each of the main plant production industries including honey and beeswax to total plant gross value of production in 2014–15 (the latest year for which this breakdown is available).

Comparative value of Australia’s plant production industries, based on gross value of production, 2015–16. Data is fromABS 7503 data series, ABARES Agricultural Commodities March quarter 2018

Minimising the biosecurity risks posed by insects, pathogens and diseases (collectively called pests) that are new to Australia is a key focus for governments, plant industries and PHA. This section of the website provides an overview of plant production industries in Australia (PHA industry members only), showing trends in production value, a list of high priority pests specific to each industry and current distribution of production between the states and territories.

Almonds Apples & Pears Avocados
Bananas Berries Blueberries
Canned fruit Cherries Chestnuts
Citrus Cotton Dried fruit
Ginger Grains Hazelnuts
Honey bees Lychees Macadamias
Mangoes Melons Olives
Onions Papaya Passionfruit
Pineapples Pistachios Plantation forestry
Processing tomatoes Production nurseries Rice
Strawberries Sugarcane Summerfruit
Sweet potatoes Table grapes Truffles
Vegetables and potatoes Walnuts Wine grapes