Future market dynamics and potential impacts on Australian timber imports INTERIM REPORT

Future market dynamics and potential impacts on Australian timber imports INTERIM REPORT

On current trajectories, Australia faces the prospect of being consistently unable to meet demand for new housing, because of a persistent and growing gap between demand and supply of sawn softwood timber, in particular. Taking immediate action to establish new softwood plantations, Australia can mitigate the risk and increase its sovereign supply capability for its most critical and sustainable building resource. 

By no later than 2050, Australia will have:

  • A population between 33.62 and 39.97 million people
  • New housing demand around 259,000 dwellings per annum
  • 5.175 million additional households whose demography will demand a marginally different housing mix to the current distribution of housing formats
  • Sawn softwood demand of 6.507 million m3 per annum – almost 2.0 million m3 per annum higher than 2021
  • Local sawn softwood production static at between 3.600 and 3.800 million m3 per annum due to constraints on sawlog supply
  • An Implied Gap between demand and local production of 2.638 million m3 per annum, equivalent to 40.5% of total demand

 

To bridge the Implied Gap, Australia could establish as much as 468,000 hectares of additional softwood plantations, commencing immediately. 

 

Interim Report

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