Introduction

Australian
Oilseeds Industry

 

Content

Industry Facts and Figures

Production

Australia usually produces between 2 to 3 million tonnes of oilseed crops each year, with canola and cottonseed accounting for over 90 per cent of total oilseed production, with soybeans and sunflower comprising a further 3 and 4 per cent respectively. Canola production is now the largest oilseed crop representing well over over half of Australian oilseed production over the past 5 years, while cottonseed comprises around a third.

There are also small quantities of minor oilseeds such as safflower and linseed grown in Australia.

Latest crop statistics can be found in the latest AOF Crop Report.

More detailed information can be found in the Historical Industry Production Statistics, which is available to members only.

Exports

While Australia is a relatively small producer of oilseeds by international standards, it is widely regarded for its high quality exports and has developed some significant international markets for its canola and cottonseed exports. Currently, the EU, China, Pakistan and the UAE are important markets for Australian canola; with China, Japan and the US being the major cottonseed destinations.

Exports by Crop

(Seed only)
Year000's tonnes
CanolaCottonseed
2015/161,946148
2014/152,446167
2013/143,194464
2012/133,488753
2011/122,295662
2010/111,453275
2009/101,238106
2008/0997337
2007/0857018
2006/0723664
2005/06878187
2004/051,022230
2003/041,087167
2002/031,047157
2001/021,234501
2000/011,423636