7217.0 - Directory of Agricultural Statistics, 1998  
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  • New ABS statistical directory to help agricultural industry (Media Release)


October 21, 1998
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
New ABS statistical directory to help agricultural industry

A new directory of Agricultural Statistics released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides the industry with a comprehensive directory of sources of agricultural information in Australia ranging from Federal departments to local marketing boards.

Primary producers, industry associations and researchers, government and other organisations interested in agriculture are expected to benefit from the directory which provides a description of the statistical collection, detail of the data collected, method of collection, geographic coverage, frequency of publication, availability of historical data and contact details for each entry. Indexes are also provided for quick reference to data sources and subjects.

The new directory was put together by the ABS to assist and encourage informed decision-making, research and discussion by government departments, consultants, academics, researchers, farmers, students, and other individuals and organisations involved in agriculture.

Australian agriculture contributes over 3 per cent annually to Australia's Gross Domestic Product. The diverse activities of the agriculture sector utilise approximately 60 per cent of Australia's land mass and provide employment for nearly 400,000 people. These activities range from cut-flower growing to pig farming and are conducted on approximately 150,000 farms across Australia.

The Directory of Agricultural Statistics (cat. no. 7217.0) is available from ABS Bookshops. Review copies are available for Media on request. Contact Catherine McDonald on (02) 6252 6728 to arrange a copy.