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Ongoing project

Turf industry statistics 2017/18 to 2019/20 (TU17005)

Key research provider: Turf Australia

What’s it all about?

This investment is tasked with providing accurate and reliable data for the turf industry. This information – including value, volume and other benchmarking statistics – is intended to allow turf growers and the broader industry to make timely and effective decisions in planning and resource prioritisation, as well as track market trends and industry performance.

Data is collected through annual production surveys coordinated by the Turf Australia team and state-based turf bodies.

The third year of data collection occurred during September 2020 and you can read a snapshot of the results in the Summer 2020 edition of the Turf Australia magazine here.

The results showed that the turf industry grew both in terms of total production and in farm gate value during the survey period.

In the second year of data collection, growers responded through an online survey run in August 2019 with links for respondents to enter data to their own identification number.

A review of existing grower databases, state association local knowledge and levy payer information found that not all turf growers had been identified, with 183 new growers and farms added in 18/19, up from 176 in 2017/18.

Grower feedback on the timing and method for the second year’s survey was used to improve activities, ensuring as well that privacy and confidentiality was maintained. Stakeholders will continue to be consulted to encourage participation in future surveys.

Growers who completed the 2018-19 survey will receive individual benchmark reports during December 2019, with the overall results to be again shared in the Summer 2020 edition of Turf Australia.


Read more about the 2017-18 survey results in this article, Industry statistics: farm gate returns up, grower numbers and production down, on pages 6-11 of the Autumn 2019 edition of Turf Australia magazine.

A 2017/18 snapshot report has been released based on data collected for the Australian turf industry on production, market channel sales, varieties and sentiment. The results from the survey built on data that was collected as part of the one-off investment Crisis management awareness program (TU16003). This new project will run for three years and will continue the time series. The key insight from comparing the data between 2017/18 and 2016/17 was that while volume is slightly down, farm gate production has increased.


Read the snapshot to learn more about the Australian turf industry in 2017/18.

Related levy funds

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Turf Fund