7105.0.55.003 - National Agricultural Statistics Review - Preliminary findings, 2013-14  
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METHODS


Consultation for the NASR was initiated with the release of a brief discussion paper through the ABS website in December 2013: Discussion Paper: Submission Process for the National Agricultural Statistics Review, 2013-14 (cat. no. 7105.0.55.002). This paper provided an overview of the NASR and its objectives and outlined a formal public submission process. Public submissions could be made in one (or more) of two format options. The first option (‘high level’ public submission) was to provide a response to five questions, either directly or by using them as a guide for a response:

      1. Do you agree with the proposed enduring goals for Australian agriculture and why?
      2. What are your top three priority information needs to inform your work program and are they being met?
      3. What statistical assets are critical to your work program?
      4. What are the major barriers to collecting, producing and/or using statistics to inform your agricultural statistical information needs?
      5. In what ways do you believe efficiencies might be gained in the national agricultural statistical information system?

The second public submission option (‘detailed statistical asset’ public submission) was to complete an Excel template to capture information about the agricultural statistical assets that currently exist and are being utilised in the NASIS, as well as those assets that do not currently exist, but are required to inform decision making.

In addition to the public submission process, the NASR engaged with stakeholders across government (including within ABS and the Department of Agriculture including ABARES), industry and academia. The aims of this engagement were to:
    increase understanding by stakeholders of the core components of the NASIS and how these relate to the enduring goals for Australian agriculture
    encourage stakeholders to give consideration to what their role could look like within an effective NASIS
    encourage public submissions to be made to the NASR

The contribution of stakeholders to the NASR’s preliminary findings is captured in Figure 1. The public submission process and supporting consultation undertaken by the NASR have directly shaped the preliminary findings provided in this report.

Figure 1: Contribution of NASIS stakeholders to the NASR’s preliminary findings