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Rural Debt Survey

Historically, farmers and rural enterprises have financed debt through commercial credit providers, principally by the major trading banks and lending institutions including QRIDA. Rural businesses operate in a dynamic environment and debt levels continue to be impacted by many factors such as markets and weather.

The Queensland Rural Debt Survey ascertains the extent, nature and size of total rural indebtedness in Queensland as at 31 December 2017. Crucial to the 2017 Survey has been the analysis of movement in rural debt since the previous 2011 survey period. QRIDA has delivered the 2017 Survey in collaboration with the Queensland Government Statisticians Office (QGSO) and with the support of all the major rural lending institutions in Queensland.

The Rural Debt Survey plays an important role in shaping government and industry policy relating to primary production enterprises in Queensland. The final report was tabled in Parliament on 25 July 2018 by the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, the Hon Mark Furner MP.

2017 Report Headlines


Rural debt is defined as the total indebtedness of all farmers/rural enterprises throughout Queensland, where the servicing of the rural debt relies primarily on rural generated income.

While its been a challenging ride for some industries since 2011, the relatively good years of 2016 and 2017 in terms of weather and high commodity prices (notably cattle and chickpeas) show producers have paid down some debt.


Rural Debt Survey Overview

Get an overview of the extent, nature and size of gross rural debt in Queensland, as well as key industry performance across our state.


Rural Debt Survey Full Report

The objective of the Queensland Rural Debt Survey is to establish the extent, nature and size of gross rural debt in Queensland. All data is current as at 31 December 2017.

Hard copy

To order a card copy of the 2017 Rural Debt Survey to be posted to your address, or to request further information including digital versions of previous surveys, please complete this form. Be sure to note the specific survey and type (digital or print) in the request.

Download the Rural Debt Survey 2017 Full Report (PDF, 12.68 MB)
Download the Rural Debt Survey 2017 Overview (PDF, 7.36 MB)

Note: Legislation passed by the Queensland Parliament on 22 March 2017 will now require QRIDA to undertake a rural debt survey in Queensland for the period January 2012 to December 2017, and subsequently every two years thereafter, subject to the establishment of a national rural debt survey.

Last updated
28 July 2018