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10 The estimates for 2007-08 gross value of most crops are based on information obtained from respondents to the 2007-08 ARMS, which was a sample survey drawn from the total agricultural business population in scope of that collection. These estimates are therefore subject to sampling variability; that is, they may differ from the figures that would have been produced if all agricultural businesses had been included in the ARMS.
11 One measure of the likely difference is given by the standard error (SE) which indicates the extent to which an estimate might have varied by chance because only a sample was taken or received. There are about two chances in three that a sample estimate will differ by less than one SE from the figure that would have been obtained if all establishments had been reported for, and about nineteen chances in twenty that the difference will be less than two SEs.
12 The estimates of gross value of livestock slaughterings and other disposals, wool and milk are based on data obtained from censuses and are therefore not subject to sampling variability.
13 In this publication, sampling variability of the estimates is measured by the relative standard error (RSE) which is obtained by expressing the SE as a percentage of the estimate to which it refers. Most published estimates have RSEs less than 10%. For some states with limited production of certain commodities, RSEs are greater than 10%. Estimates that have an estimated relative standard error between 10% and 25% are annotated with the symbol '^'. These estimates should be used with caution as they are subject to sampling variability too high for some purposes. Estimates with an RSE between 25% and 50% are annotated with the symbol '*', indicating that the estimate should be used with caution as it is subject to sampling variability too high for most practical purposes. Estimates with an RSE greater than 50% are annotated with the symbol '**' indicating that the sampling variability causes the estimates to be considered too unreliable for general use. Separate indication of the RSEs of all estimates is available on request.
14 A table with RSEs for selected estimates of gross values follows:
ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
15 As well as the statistics included in this and related publications, the ABS may have other relevant data available on request. Inquiries should be made to the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
16 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.
17 A range of publications relevant to the Agriculture sector are produced by the ABS, including:
Livestock and Meat, Australia, cat. no. 7218.0.55.001
Livestock Products, Australia, cat. no. 7215.0
Natural Resource Management on Australian Farms, cat. no. 4620.0
Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, cat. no. 7111.0
Selected Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, cat. no. 7112.0
Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, cat. no. 7503.0
Value of Selected Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary, cat. no. 7502.0
Water Use on Australian Farms, Australia, cat. no. 4618.0
18 Current publications and other products released by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products (cat. no. 1101.0). The Catalogue is available from the ABS web site <http://www.abs.gov.au>. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.
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