7100.1 - Agricultural Census: Nature and Content, 2015-16  
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Following review of the stakeholder feedback against the assessment criteria, a provisional list of data items for inclusion on the 2015-16 Agricultural Census was defined and is presented at Appendix B. The list builds on the core content outlined in the Consultation Paper and includes a number of new items which address the common themes raised in the consultation, support high-priority commonwealth and state government policy development and monitoring, and are aligned with the Enduring Goals for Australian Agriculture. Please note however that the content of this list is provisional pending the outcomes of testing of the Agricultural Census form which will occur in early 2016. Any changes to the list as a result of testing will be published as an update to this paper following completion of the testing.

The feedback and submissions from the Agricultural Census consultation process will also contribute to the development of the Foundation Dataset. The Foundation Dataset is an action recommended in the NASR Final Report and aims to define the foundational (essential) agriculture, fisheries and forestry data required to inform strategic decision-making by government and industry, in order to better target investment and address data gaps for the future. Once defined, this dataset will inform the ongoing contribution of the ABS and other statistical producers of agricultural statistics, and will underpin development of the ABS agricultural statistical program post-Census. A process for establishing the Foundation Dataset is currently being developed and will be communicated to stakeholders in the first half of 2016.