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Completed project

Economic contribution of Australian horticulture (MT21010)

Key research provider: Centre for International Economics
Publication date: Tuesday, July 18, 2023

What was it all about?

This short investment used a suite of economic models to measure and understand how the horticulture industry contributes to the Australian economy. The project estimated the direct and indirect impacts on the national economy, as well as regional areas.

The research found that the value of the horticulture industry is projected to increase by 22.5 per cent from 2020 to reach $21.8 billion in 2030.

These insights provide the horticulture sector with the information needed to articulate how its activities contribute to regional, state and national economies, and will assist in decision-making as well as discussions with governments and other stakeholders.

The analysis produced a number of case studies that provide detailed information on the importance of the horticulture industry to Australia.


Read a summarised version of the findings here.

Access a spreadsheet of the data here.


This project was a multi-industry strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Apple and pear, Avocado, Banana Cherry, Citrus, Fresh Potato, Mango, Melon, Mushroom, Onion, Pineapple, Processing Potato, Raspberry & Blackberry, Strawberry, Summerfruit, Table grape and Vegetable Funds