Australia is only one of two countries in the world which can source potatoes seasonally due to its geographical diversity. This ensures a fresh supply of potatoes all year round without the need for long periods of storage. In Australia the spread of growing regions from Far North Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia means as one season ends in one region another begins elsewhere.

National Statistics

  • Annual production is worth AUD$745.9 million
  • 1.388 m tonnes produced annually (up 4% from 2017)
  • 28,372 hectares under cultivation
  • 20 per cent of all vegetable production
  • In top two highest commodity groups sold in value and volume
  • 87 percent of households purchase potatoes
  • Processing potatoes account for 66% of the value chain
  • Fresh potatoes represent 31% of the value chain
  • Seed potato production is 1% of production and the use of certified seed is increasing
  • Net exporter of fresh potatoes (36,529t June 2018 of which 54% sent to South Korea)
  • All exports worth $28m (2.6% of production)