New South Wales

ABARES Perspectives, an informative series of free online webinars

We invite you to ABARES Perspectives, an informative series of free online webinars on key industry assessments, market outlooks and behind the scenes insights to how ABARES works. 

Come and meet four ABARES economists as they explain how their research and analysis drives better decisions for Australia's farms and natural resource sectors. 

Hear Stephanie Black, Neal Hughes, Dale Ashton and Fred Litchfield explain how they work with government and industry to design and conduct research, which combines data analysis with economics to influence policy and outcomes for Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.

Register for the seminar, ask questions and network with industry professionals.

1pm AEDT 3 December 2021



Stephanie Black (webinar MC) is the Program Lead for the Natural Resource Economics section. She has 15 years’ experience working across the public and private sectors providing economic analysis and advice.

Dr Neal Hughes - Senior Economist, will discuss the findings of his recent research on the impacts of drought and climate change on Australian farms, outlining how ABARES combines rich data sets, with economic thinking and modern analysis methods to generate new policy insights.

Dale Ashton - Senior Economist and Director of the Farm Analysis program will provide insight into how ABARES runs national farm survey programs, including the recent Natural resource management and drought resilience survey. Dale will discuss how we design and implement surveys, and communicate the findings while closely engaging with the agricultural sector.

Fred Litchfield - Economist, will walk us through recent work on agricultural labour issues, which have become a hot topic particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This work has included changing the way that we present our data analysis, moving into the space of interactive dashboards to support evidence based policy.


Our panellists will be ready to answer your questions and continue the discussion. Have questions already? Email us to kick-start the discussion. 



The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is the research arm of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). Our mission is:

To provide robust and objective, data, research, analysis, and advice that informs government policy and private decisions affecting Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and water resources.

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To achieve this, we have assembled a rare concentration of scientific and economic expertise in government. The majority of ABARES staff – including those in senior executive roles – are trained economists and scientists. We provide analysis and advice to our colleagues in the department and to other stakeholders on issues ranging from management of Australia’s forestry and fisheries resources, water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin, to farm performance, productivity, and agricultural production and trade. ABARES is also a leading agency in providing training in applied economics and science to graduates, leveraging more than 70 years of accumulated corporate knowledge. Find out more at ABARES website.
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