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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 $19.02 billion in 2020–21.

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 348,000 (more than 13% of our workforce), with a corresponding supply chain output value of around $25 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 agriculture snapshot dashboard below to:

  • see the diversity of Queensland’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector
  • understand how it contributes to the Queensland economy.

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Last updated: 13 May 2021