4618.0 - Water Use on Australian Farms, 2006-07  
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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY

INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENT

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RELEVANCE

This publication, Water Use on Australian Farms, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 4618.0), 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 agricultural water use, irrigation water use - including details of pastures and crops irrigated, sources of agricultural water, irrigation water management, and irrigation expenditure and assets. The data are collected on a Statistical Division, NRM region and state/territory basis and then aggregated to derive Australian totals.


TIMELINESS

Water Use on Australian Farms, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 4618.0) is generally published within 15 months of the end of the reference period.


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 Water Use on Australian Farms, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 4618.0)


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.


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.