Turf Producers Australia Ltd (TPA), trading as Turf Australia, is the representative body of the Turf industry comprising of levy-paying turf producers and individual members Australia wide.

Mission

The Mission of Turf Australia is to support its members and lead a sustainable natural turfgrass industry.

Through communication and advocacy, we ensure that Turf and our industry are valued by the Australian community, regulators and special interest groups. Through strong arguments based on scientific research, we demonstrate that Turf has an important role to play in managing the impacts of climate change.

Industry Information

The Industry

The Australian turf industry includes the production and maintenance of grasses used in the development and management of facilities for activities which include sport, landscaping, home gardens and recreational purposes.

The industry involves turf grass production, turf grass maintenance and sales of turf grass, products and services in the domestic and commercial marketplace.

The turf industry contributes substantially to the economic values of property as well as providing considerable environmental, social and personal health benefits to Australian communities.

Production and Maintenance

The Australian Turf Industry is unique in horticulture in that turf growers sell direct to the end-user and, therefore, the entire supply chain is basically ‘on-farm’. As a result, industry research, development and marketing initiatives are dependent on direct and strong grower engagement. The turf industry has two main sectors, being the growing and selling of turf as well as the caring and maintenance of turf.

Turf maintenance work is associated with golf courses, bowling greens, wicket and pitch preparation, racing clubs, institutional and recreational playing fields, commercial growing of turf operations and mowing contractors.

The two major sectors of production and maintenance work closely in day-to-day business, recognising that the success of one is always dependent upon the success and professionalism of the other.

Size and Value

Australia’s Turf production industry includes approximately 183 turf production businesses throughout the country, producing an estimated $244 million worth of turf (farm gate value) annually (2018/19 statistics).

Over 36 million sqm of turf was produced during 2018/19 with turf production in Queensland and Northern Territory representing 42% of the total while New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory represents 33%, Victoria and Tasmania 13%, Western Australia 6% and South Australia 6%.

Click here for the Snapshot report of the Australian Turf Industry for 2018/19.