7125.0 - Agricultural Commodities: Small Area Data, Australia, 2005-06 (Reissue) Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/06/2008  Reissue
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This publication presents final commodity and livestock estimates from the 2005-06 Agricultural Census at the standard ABS geographies of Statistical Local Area (SLA) and Statistical Division (SD). Data are also presented for Natural Resource Management (NRM) Regions.

Final estimates at national and state levels can be found in 7121.0 Agricultural Commodities, Australia 2005-06.


The ABS Agricultural Census collects area and production data for a wide range of agricultural commodities. Additional data on land management are also collected. In 2005-06 these included data on tree planting and on fencing for the protection of tracts of land from grazing. All collected data in 2005-06 are published at NRM and SD level and selected commodity and livestock data are published at SLA level.

Not all commodities are collected in each state; rather, commodities appropriate to agriculture in each state are collected. For example, data for tropical and sub-tropical fruit are collected in the northern states, such as Queensland, while data for temperate fruit are collected in the southern states such as Tasmania.

In a small number of cases, the total 2005-06 Area of Holding (AOH) for an SLA can exceed the total area of the SLA. This anomaly occurs for several reasons. Primarily, there were a number of responding units whose location address details were not reported precisely enough to accurately code their geographic location. There were also a number of occurrences reported of shared leasing of land. Lastly, some large farms operated across SLA boundaries and were coded to the SLA of predominant operations.

With this in mind, the ABS recommends users treat 2005-06 SLA data with some caution. Users of the data are encouraged to contact the ABS if they have any queries or concerns.


ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Linda Falzari on Hobart (03) 6222 5939, email <agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au>.