Corporate Agriculture Austalia



The Australian agricultural industry produces a large variety of different grain crops for domestic consumption and export:

Field grains

including wheat, barley, oats, maize, rye, sorghum, triticale and rice

Oil seeds

including canola, soybeans, sunflower, linseed, sesame and cotton seeds

Grain legumes

including chickpeas, field peas, lentils, lupins, faba beans and mung beans

Other crops

including sugar, cotton, poppies and chia

Australia is a significant exporter or food products, and grains are a major portion of total exports in terms of both volume and value. In an average year Australia represents the following;

  • 40% of Malting Barley exports (world ranking 1st)
  • 16% of world Wheat exports (world ranking 4th)
  • 12% of world Cotton exports (world ranking 3rd)
  • 7% of world Sugar exports (world ranking 5th)
  • 6% of Coarse Grain exports (world ranking 7th)
  • 3% of Rice exports (world ranking 7th)

Oil Seeds


Australia is the world's second largest exporter of beef and the largest exporter of mutton, goat meat and wool. It is also a prominent exporter of lamb, pork and dairy products.

As a global exporter of meats to markets such as the Asian Region, the United States, EU and the Middle East, Australian meat processing facilities are required by law to strictly comply with the respective registration and accreditation of the importer countries.

Live Exports


Overseas demand for Australian live exports is a driving force in the Australian livestock farming industry. The revenue from Australian livestock exports in 2009 reached nearly AUD $1 billion.

Export quantities reached last year were:

  • sheep 2.5 million (600,000 exported to Kuwait)
  • cattle 700,000 (400,000 exported to Indonesia)
  • goats 75,000 (70,800 exported to Malaysia)

Wool Exports

Recognised for its superior quality wool, Australia’s wool exports account for 85% of world trade despite being only 30% of world production. In the 2010-2011 financial year Australia’s revenue from wool exports was AUD $3.0 billion, being Australia's third largest agricultural export industry. Exports to China account for over 80% of total value.


Dairy Exports

Dairy products are Australia’s fourth most valuable agricultural export, accounting for AUD $2.3 billion in revenue for the 2010-2011 financial year. Australia is the world’s fourth largest exporter of dairy products, with a 9% share of the international market. Over 70% of Australia’s dairy exports are sent to Asia.

Meat Exports

Beef products are Australia’s second most valuable agricultural export after wheat, accounting for AUD $4.45 billion in revenue for the 2010-2011 financial year. Australia is the world’s second largest exporter of beef after the US. Sheep Meat and lamb exports accounted for AUD$1.51 billion dollars in 2010-2011 in addition to the live export value of AUD$ 350 million.