7503.0 - Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
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QUALITY DECLARATION — SUMMARY

INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.

RELEVANCE

This publication contains final estimates from the 2015-16 Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced (VACP) Collection. The value estimates in this publication are derived by the multiplication of price and quantity of agricultural commodities. Price data refer to the average unit value of a given commodity realised in the marketplace. Price information is obtained from ABS collections, as well as from non-ABS sources, including marketing authorities and industry sources.

Quantity data for crops has been collected via the 2015-16 Agricultural Census. Remaining commodity data are obtained from other ABS collections, with some information gathered from external sources. The data are collected on a state/territory basis and then aggregated to derive Australian totals.

Final estimates from the 2015–16 Agricultural Census will be presented in five publications:

Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0) contains detailed statistics on land use, crop and horticultural area and production, livestock numbers and farm management and demographic information. The publication presents data on a national, state and territory basis. Sub-state level data, including Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Statistical Area 4 (SA4) and Statistical Area 2 (SA2) levels and Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions, will be released in data cubes attached to the publication at a later date.

Water Use on Australian Farms (cat. no. 4618.0) contains detailed statistics on agricultural water use and sources of water, including details of pastures and crops irrigated, expense of irrigation and volume of water applied. The publication presents data on a national, state and territory basis. Sub-state level data, including ASGS SA4, SA2 and NRM regions and the Murray-Darling Basin region, will be released in data cubes attached to the publication at a later date.

Land Management and Farming in Australia (cat. no. 4627.0) provides information on a variety of management practices being adopted by Australian agricultural businesses including cropping and pasture management, soil management and fertiliser use. Data are presented at the Australian, State and Australian Agricultural Environment (AAE) regional levels.

Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia (cat. no. 7503.0) presents value of production statistics. It contains detailed statistics on the gross and local values of crops, livestock slaughters and disposals, and livestock products. The publication presents data on national, and on state and territory basis. Sub-state level data, including ASGS SA4, SA2 and NRM regions, will be released in data cubes attached to the publication at a later date.

Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (cat. no. 4610.0.55.008) presents the gross value of agricultural commodities that are produced with the assistance of irrigation. The publication presents data on a national, state and territory basis, NRM region and Murray-Darling Basin region.

TIMELINESS
Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0), Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia (cat. no. 7503.0) and Water Use on Australian Farms (cat. no. 4618.0) will be published in July 2017. Land Management and Farming in Australia (cat. no. 4627.0) will be released in August 2017 and Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (cat. no. 4610.0.55.008) will be published in late 2017.

Preliminary data presenting principal crops and livestock numbers and gross values of production for principal agricultural commodities for the 2015–16 reference period were released in the publications Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 7111.0) and Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 7501.0) respectively, in January 2017.

ACCURACY
The accuracy of price data is ensured by the collection of price data from the best known sources. Where a statutory authority handles marketing of the whole or a portion of a product, data are usually obtained from this source. Information is also obtained from marketing reports, wholesalers, brokers, dealers and auctioneers. Production data are obtained from a range of high-quality sources, including ABS agricultural commodity collections and industry bodies. Extensive editing of production and prices data and checking of resultant value estimates against earlier years and other relevant sources are used to ensure the accuracy of the estimates produced.

All estimates in this publication are subject to sampling error. For more information about these errors, refer to the Explanatory Notes within this release.

COHERENCE
As noted in the publication Agricultural Census: Nature and Content, 2015-16 (cat. no 7100.1), the scope for the 2015-16 Agricultural Census was all agricultural businesses with an Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) of $40,000 or greater. This is a change from previous ABS Rural Environment and Agricultural Collections, where a scope of EVAO of $5,000 or greater was used. The change in scope better aligns this collection with contemporary definitions of an agricultural business and reduces the overall reporting load for smaller agricultural businesses. It is proposed that only agricultural businesses with an EVAO of $40,000 or greater will be in scope for ABS rural environmental and agricultural commodity collections in 2016-17 and beyond. For more information about EVAO, refer to the Explanatory Notes within this release.

The scope change impacts on some components of VACP but not others. Where information is sourced from the Agricultural Census there will be an impact on estimates, including for crops and horticulture where production information is now only collected from businesses with a value of agricultural operations of $40,000 or greater. The value of livestock disposals and livestock products (except for eggs) is sourced from other information and is not impacted by the Agricultural Census scope change.

As a result of the change in scope, some components of VACP will not be directly comparable to previous published VACP outputs. To address this, additional estimates have been produced for a number of VACP releases from 2010-11 to 2014-15 using an EVAO of $40,000 or greater. These estimates are now available at the national, state/territory levels and sub-state levels on the ABS website.


INTERPRETABILITY
The VACP Collection provides a broad range of data about the value of agricultural commodities produced in Australia through a suite of standard products or as data customised for individual requirements. Detailed Explanatory Notes are provided in Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2015-16 (cat. no. 7503.0) to assist users in determining and specifying their data requirements and to understand the concepts underlying the data.

ACCESSIBILITY
An extensive range of data is available from a variety of agriculture-based collections on the ABS website.

If the information you require is not available as a standard product or service, the ABS Consultancy Services can assist with customised services to suit your requirements. Inquiries should be made to the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.