Invitation to participate in macadamia industry benchmarking

The macadamia benchmarking project provides comprehensive information on productivity, quality and costs for the Australian macadamia industry. 

Growers can use this information to better understand how their business compares with others and to make informed decisions. More than 275 farms currently participate, representing more than 57% of national production. 

The project team is now collecting data for the 2020 season and is inviting new growers to participate in the project. The benchmarking team is aiming to collect as much data as possible by mid-December to allow for prompt reporting to participants.

The benchmarking service is free and open to all Australian levy-paying growers. All major processors are collaborating, so for ongoing participants all that’s needed each season is to confirm any changes to plantings and provide consent for the team to source seasonal consignment summaries from their processor(s).

Participating growers receive a personalised, confidential farm report each season, comparing their yield, quality and optionally costs with the averages of other similar farms based on location, size and tree age. Click here to see a sample report. Participants also have the option to attend free regional Benchmark Group meetings to network with other growers in their region, discuss seasonal results and share information. Aggregated data is anonymously combined each season into an industry report that includes long-term seasonal trends across the whole industry and all major production regions.

It’s quick and easy to get started. Just follow the link to start benchmarking your farm or alternatively contact your local Benchmark Team member below.

Queensland growers

Grant Bignell - DAF 


07 5381 1334 

New South Wales growers

Jeremy Bright - NSW DPI


02 6626 1346

The “Benchmarking the macadamia industry 2019–2021” project (MC18002) is a joint initiative of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the University of Southern Queensland and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and Environment, with support from the Australian Macadamia Society. The project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the macadamia research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture. The Queensland Government has also co-funded the project through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.      

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