7121.0 - Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2005-06 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/03/2008   
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28/03/2008 Note: Additional datacubes are to be released on 28 March 2008. These include data at Drainage Division, River Basin and Murray-Darling Basin by State levels.

14/03/2008 Note: The datacubes for Agricultural Commodities, Australia 2005-06 are an additional format of the tables previously released in pdf format. No new data are included. These datacubes present statistics on agricultural commodities in relation to the structure of agricultural activity, crops, horticulture, livestock, land management including the Murray-Darling Basin.



This publication contains final estimates for the main commodities collected in the 2005-06 Agricultural Census. Included are detailed statistics on crop and horticulture area and production, livestock numbers, land use and industry and size characteristics of agricultural businesses. The data are based on a response rate of 93% from the 2005-06 Agricultural Census.

The ABS also plans to release a range of sub-state geographic level data in conjunction with this publication. In particular, small area data will be released in Agricultural Commodities: Small Area Data, Australia (cat. no. 7125.0). The sub-state outputs will generally be available as spreadsheets, data suitable for use in Geographic Information Systems, and possibly as maps. Standard outputs will be produced to approximate as closely as possible various regional structures such as river basins and Natural Resource Management regions.


Move to a new register of agricultural businesses

Until recently, the ABS had maintained its own register of agricultural establishments. However, it had become increasingly difficult to maintain this list, and users were questioning the accuracy of some of the commodity data published. The ABS investigated a number of alternatives for maintaining the register and discussed these with key users of agriculture statistics. It was agreed that the ABS should move to a new frame sourced from the Australian Taxation Office's Australian Business Register (ABR).

The ABR-based frame has been used for the first time to conduct the 2005-06 Agricultural Census. The key implication of this strategy is that census data will not be directly comparable with historical time series. This is because, in addition to the change in frame, there have been changes in methodologies used for determining whether agricultural businesses are 'in-scope' of the collection and in some of the ways the data are compiled. (For more information, please see the technical notes at the back of this publication.)

Move to a new industrial classification

The estimates in this publication are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006 edition. Data in previous issues are based on the 1993 version of the ANZSIC. ANZSIC 2006 was adopted to provide a more contemporary industrial classification system, taking into account issues such as changes in the structure and composition of the economy, changing user demands and compatibility with major international classification standards.


The provision of estimates for a range of regions is made possible by funding provided by the National Water Commission through Raising National Water Standards, and through natural resource management programs administered by the Departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Nigel Gibson on Hobart (03) 6222 5940.