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This document was added or updated on 31/10/2012.
AGRICULTURE PROGRAM NEWS
To ensure the statistical program objectives and subsequent outcomes remain relevant, the ABS has undertaken a review of its Rural Environment and Agriculture Statistical Program. Drivers of the statistical review include rapidly evolving policy around environmental issues such as the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI), which is encompassed by the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Futures program. Other national and international drivers including the release of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics – United Nations February 2010 (international), and Essential Statistical Assets for Australia – National Statistical Service May 2012 (national), have helped inform the statistical review to ensure the ABS continues to respond to emerging information.Discussion Paper: Environment and Agriculture Survey Program Review, 2011-12 (cat. no. 7105.0.55.001), on 11 October 2011. The REASB sought comment via the discussion paper on key rural environment
The main outcome of the SPR has been the development of the 2012-2016 statistical forward work program. The details of this program will be available to the public in early 2013. In 2013 the SPR will continue, with investigation of potential new areas of data collection not already in scope of the program. Possible introduction of these new areas into the work program will be considered alongside consultation with key stakeholder groups. The REASB engagement program will also help to facilitate collaboration and discussion among key stakeholders in the rural environment and agriculture statistical community in the determination of priority information requirements.
For more information on the REASB statistical program, please contact Katie Hutt (03) 6222 5866 or Nicole Lehmann (03) 6222 5785.
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