Australian farmland values go through the roof in 2016

THE LATEST report on the nation’s farmland value by Rural Bank shows the median value of farmland has increased by 9.3 per cent in 2016, following on from 5.3% and 6.8% rises in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
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Kristy Moroney

According to the Australian Farmland Values report, the past three years of data show the resounding strength of Australian farmland value, with the median price in most states recording an average annual growth rate of 3% over the decade, and more than 6% for the past 20 years. 

Rural Bank general manager agribusiness, Andrew Smith, said the report confirmed the long-term positive outlook for Australian agriculture. 

“Despite variable seasonal conditions and ever-changing commodities prices, the sustained growth in land prices not only reflects the resilience of the sector, but investor confidence in Australian agriculture’s growth prospects for the future,” Mr Smith said.

The agribusiness specialist said it was clear from the report that you are likely to come out on top if you buy right and take a long term view when investing in agricultural farmland 

While the performance of farmland prices in most states was buoyant, there were inevitable variables from state to state. 

2016 Australian median farmland price changes:

  • Northern Territory increased by 35.1%
  • Victoria increased by 12.9%
  • Queensland increased by 10.3%
  • New South Wales increased by 10.1%
  • Western Australia increased by 3.1%
  • South Australia increased by 1.4%
  • Tasmania decreased by 0.4%

Smith said there has been incredible growth across the eastern states in 2016 and while the remaining states have not performed so well in the same period - taking the long term view - the growth rate is remarkably consistent across the board. 

“This will come as no surprise to those on the land, but perhaps we’re getting to a point where the investment community is recognising what we’ve always known – there is a bright future in Australian agriculture,” Smith said.

Rural Bank said to understand drivers of farmland value in each state, the report provided an overview of key national and state trends such as commodity prices, climatic conditions and other sectoral factors, lending rates and the broader investment environment. 

Australian Farmland Values is based on farm sales since 1995 and draws on more than 230,000 transactions, accounting for 278 million hectares of land with a combined value of $132 billion.