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4306.0 - Apparent Consumption of Foodstuffs, Australia, 1997-98 and 1998-99  
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1 This publication contains detailed statistics on the apparent consumption of foodstuffs in Australia. Estimates of total consumption and per capita consumption are included. In the context of this publication, 'consumption' is not 'intake'. Apparent consumption data for most items are derived using information relating to the supply and utilisation of foodstuffs. Limitations inherent in this approach mean that the data are an approximate estimate of foodstuffs available for consumption by persons in Australia, after allowing for other uses and losses.

2 Information on supply (production, change in stocks, and imports), and utilisation (exports, non-food use, and use in processed food) are also included in this publication for most data items.


3 In general, the scope includes all foodstuffs available for consumption by the Australian population, including fats and oils, some beverages and sugars. Whilst every attempt is made to cover the food groups listed, for some food groups information on home production, changes in stock levels, or volumes of product wasted are not available.

4 Due to the varied sources of data used for compiling this publication, the scope and coverage can differ for the various data items. Much of the data is sourced from ABS statistical collections, such as the Agricultural Commodity Survey and the Survey of Inventories and Production–Food and Beverage Manufacturers. Other sources include industry associations and government regulatory authorities. Details of the sources for the various food groups, and the implications on scope and coverage are contained in the glossary.

5 In general, apparent consumption of the various foodstuffs is estimated from the following equation:

Apparent consumption =
Commercial production
+ Estimated home production
+ Imports
+ Opening stocks
+ Usage for processed food
+ Non-food use
+ Wastage
+ Closing stocks

6 Per capita apparent consumption is total apparent consumption divided by the mean population for the period.


7 Population data are derived from those published in Australian Demographic Statistics (Cat. no. 3101.0). Figures are revised as more recent data becomes available.

8 The following mean population figures (for the year ended 30 June) are used in this issue:

Average 3
years ended


9 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.


10 Users may also wish to refer to the following priced publications which are available on request:

  • Agriculture, Australia (Cat. no. 7113.0)
  • Livestock Products, Australia (Cat. no. 7215.0)
  • Home Production of Selected Foodstuffs, Australia, 1992 (Cat. no. 7110.0)
  • International Merchandise Trade, Australia (Cat. no. 5422.0)
  • Manufacturing Production, Australia (Cat. no. 8301.0)
  • Manufacturing Production, Commodities Produced, Australia (Cat. no. 8365.0)
  • National Nutrition Survey: Foods Eaten, Australia (Cat. no. 4804.0)
  • National Health Survey: Summary of Results (Cat. no. 4364.0)
  • Sales of Australian Wine and Brandy by Winemakers (Cat. no. 8504.0)

11 The ABS has more detailed agricultural statistics on magnetic tape, compact disk, microfiche, floppy disk and the Integrated Regional Database. These products offer a wider range of data, aggregated at smaller geographic areas than those generally available in printed publications.

12 FASTTRACCS is a fast international trade access system which utilises high speed report specification and electronic delivery. Statistics can be provided for quantity and value of commodities for all or selected countries/States. All data available on FASSTRACCS is subject to ABS confidentiality restrictions. Export trade data is revised for a period of 18 months after the recorded period while import trade data is revised for a period of 6 months after the recorded period. Aggregations can be undertaken and can be tailored to client requests by month or quarter, or on a calendar year, financial year or user-specified basis. For more information contact International Trade Client Services on Canberra 02 6252 5400.

13 Current publications produced by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products (Cat. no. 1101.0). The ABS also issues, on Tuesdays and Fridays, a Release Advice (Cat. no. 1105.0) which lists publications to be released in the next few days. The Catalogue and Release Advice are available from any ABS office.


14 As well as the statistics in this publication, the ABS may have other unpublished data available. Inquiries should be directed to Karen Connaughton on Canberra 02 6252 5337.


15 Where the figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

16 Proportions, ratios and other calculated figures shown in this publication have been calculated using unrounded estimates and may be different from, but are more accurate than, calculations based on the rounded estimates.

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