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The future ABS Agricultural Statistical Program
The new program has been designed to provide:
2008-09 Agricultural Survey - Scope and coverage
The 2008-09 Agricultural Survey is the first survey to be undertaken as part of this strategy. As such it will collect an expanded set of commodity data (equivalent to previous agricultural surveys) and comprehensive water data (required for the 2008-09 Water Account) in addition to the standard annual content of water and land use data.
The 2008-09 survey will be in the format of a single national form dispatched to approximately 30,000 agricultural businesses.
The 2008-09 survey will meet client expectations that the ABS provide a detailed list of commodity production information and water use information relevant to the 2008-09 reference period. It will collect data on a wide range of agricultural commodities, livestock numbers, land use, water use and management and water-related expenditure. The main data items collected will include area of holding, area and production data for cereals and other broadacre crops, vegetables and fruit, and number of livestock on holding. Water data will include area irrigated, volume of water used, sources of water, application methods and water related expenditure. The land use questions, as collected on the 2007-08 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, will also be included.
The 2008-09 Agricultural Survey will be sourced from an Australian Business Register (ABR)-based frame. This will be the fourth survey using this frame and will allow for real world comparisons to be made with data from the 2005-06 Agricultural Census, the 2006-07 Agricultural Survey and the 2007-08 Agricultural Resource Management Survey. In-scope agricultural businesses include farm businesses, above a minimum size cut-off, which are registered on the ABR maintained by the Australian Taxation Office. The minimum size cut-off is an Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) or a turnover (as shown on the Business Activity Statement) of $5,000.
The reference period for the 2008-09 Agricultural Survey is the financial year ended 30 June 2009.
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