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7121.0 - Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2006-07 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, Agricultural Commodities, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 7121.0), presents the final release of statistics from the annual Agricultural Survey or five-yearly Agricultural Census and associated agricultural surveys. It contains detailed statistics on crops, livestock, industry and size characteristics of agricultural businesses. In addition, it presents summary statistics on a range of land-use questions, including information about water usage and sources of water for irrigation. The data are collected on a state basis and then aggregated to derive Australian totals.

Milk data is obtained from Dairy Australia, who collects milk production and milk sales on a state basis.


TIMELINESS

Agricultural Commodities, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 7121.0) is generally published within 12 months of the end of the reference period.

Preliminary data for the 2006-07 reference period was released in publication Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary (ABS Cat. No. 7111.0) in December 2007.


ACCURACY

Data from the 2006-07 Agricultural Survey are based on a response rate of 89% and has been extensively edited. The resultant value estimates have been checked against earlier years and relevant other sources, including contact with data providers, to ensure the accuracy of the estimates produced.


COHERENCE

The 2006-07 Agricultural Survey and 2005-06 Agricultural Census were conducted using new, and expanded, frames based on the Australian Taxation Office's Australian Business Register (ABR). The expanded frames mean that estimates from these collections may not be directly comparable with earlier years. It is recommended that care be taken when comparing estimates from these collections to earlier years. Detailed explanatory and technical notes relating to this change in frame were included in the 2005-06 PDF release of Agricultural Commodities, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 7121.0).


INTERPRETABILITY

The agricultural survey and five-yearly agricultural censuses provide a broad range of data about Australian agricultural commodities through a suite of standard products or as data customised for individual requirements. Detailed explanatory notes are provided with each publication to assist users in determining and specifying their data requirements and to understand the concepts underlying the data.

Milk statistics were collected and supplied by Dairy Australia. For more information refer: http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/


ACCESSIBILITY

An extensive range of data are available from a variety of agriculture based collections.

If the information you require is not available as a standard product or service, then ABS Consultancy Services can help you with customised services to suit your needs. Inquiries should be made to either the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Agriculture Client Services on (03) 6222 5939.


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