The Queensland Agricultural Land Audit (the Audit) identifies land important to current and potential future agricultural production across Queensland.
For the first time since the 1980s this study considers all land across the state where natural resources are, or could be, used for agricultural activities.
The Audit provides information on socio-economic data, overlapping land uses, infrastructure and other opportunities and constraints to agricultural development. It aims to help Queensland better plan for future food and fibre production.
Areas of consideration
Current and potential land uses have been mapped across the twelve Queensland statutory regional planning boundaries for the following land use classifications:
- broadacre cropping (irrigated and dryland)
- annual horticulture
- perennial horticulture
- grazing (sown and native pastures)
- plantation forestry
- native forestry
- intensive animal industries including aquaculture.
For each region, the Audit contains an agricultural economic profile, and identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for agricultural development.
Important regional production limitations such as climate, water, vegetation and infrastructure are also described.
Land use mapping methodology
Current land use
Current land use was mapped across the state predominantly using data from the Queensland Land Use Mapping Program (QLUMP).
Other data sets included:
- Intensive Livestock Environmental Regulation Unit (ILERU) database for intensive animal industries
- Safe Food Queensland Egg Register.