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Overview of the primary industry sector

Sector value

Export value

Supply chain value



Queensland’s primary industries (agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food) are central to our economy, regions and communities.

The total value of our primary-industry commodities is forecast to be $23.54 billion in 2021–22.

Exports: Queensland’s primary industries export to nearly 200 destinations worldwide.The sector accounts for more than 13% of Queensland’s overseas exports, by value.

Employment: The industries directly and indirectly employ more than 365,000 (more than 14% of Queensland’s workforce), with a corresponding supply chain output value of around $27 billion

Regions: Agriculture is particularly important in our regions. It provides more than 10% of employment in the Darling Downs-Maranoa, Outback Queensland and Wide Bay areas.

Global contribution: Queensland’s population is less than 0.1% of the world’s population and produces 0.4% of the world’s food supply and nearly 1% of the world’s agricultural exports, from 1% of the world’s total land area.

Explore the Queensland Agri-food employment and business insights dashboard below to:

  • see employment and business statistics related to Queensland’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry supply chain
  • *understand how farm gate employment and businesses support other sectors of the Queensland economy..

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Last updated: 31 Mar 2022