The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is currently preparing Australia’s State of the Forests Report 2018 (SOFR). SOFR is produced every five years, and is a national report on the value and use of forests. This report includes information on eucalyptus oil production and other non-wood forest products from forests (including woodland forests).  It is compiled using data and information from Australia’s states and territories, industry and national data agencies.  SOFR also reports on key trends and changes over time. SOFR 2013 can be found at: www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/forestsaustralia/sofr/sofr-2013

ABARES is seeking data from distillers and wholesalers of eucalyptus oil and other forest oils to produce a reliable national estimate of the industry’s volume and value. A national estimate is currently not available. Participation in this data request is voluntary. However, the accuracy of the national estimate, and hence its value to governments and industry members, depends on the participation of enough companies to provide a reliable estimate while protecting the confidentiality of individual participants.

Data from individual companies will be combined into a national estimate for reporting in SOFR 2018. The confidentiality and privacy of any information you provide will be protected and data will be aggregated in such a way that individual participants cannot be identified in any publication or release. Individual company data will not be published or reported separately; it will be confidential and not available to third parties.

ABARES has already approached a number of companies and would appreciate information from others also. Ideally, annual data will be provided for the period from 2005-06 to 2015-16 (preferably on a financial year basis, or a calendar year basis if financial year data are not available), for eucalyptus oil and (separately) other forest oils:

  • Annual harvest production data (kg/tonnes),
  • Farm gate value of production data – to estimate the value paid to growers at ‘farm gate’ or first point of sale as this is the point at which ABARES/ ABS values these commodities
  • Information on imports and exports – if kg/tonnage is not available, an estimated amount, value or percentage imported and exported would be useful.
  • Average annual import price (raw product) or an estimated value.

ABARES routinely conducts independent research and surveys and has well-established procedures to protect data and individual company confidentiality for farm commodities, agriculture and natural resources. Further information about the department’s privacy policy, including accessing or correcting personal information, or making a complaint is available at: www.agriculture.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/about/Complete_privacy_policy.doc

Data must be received by 18th December 2017. Please provide data to SOFR2018@agriculture.gov.au with a copy to Rosemary.Lott@agriculture.gov.au. For further information, please contact Rosemary Lott at Rosemary.Lott@agriculture.gov.au.

With thanks,

Dr Rosemary Lott
Forest Sciences
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
18 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra ACT 2600
GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Phone: 02 6272 4846

ABARES street address: 44 Mort Street, Braddon, ACT 2612 Australia

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