Media Briefing (next Wednesday) about 2001 Agricultural Census, Jun 2001

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June 8, 2001
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
Media Briefing (next Wednesday) about 2001 Agricultural Census

News Diary Alert: Media Briefing (next Wednesday) about 2001 Agricultural Census

Who: Deputy Australian Statistician, Economic Statistics Group, Mr Rob Edwards.

What: A media briefing (+interviews as required) about the 2001 Agricultural Census, which runs from mid-June to mid-July.

When: 10am, Wednesday, 13 June (morning refreshments to be served).

Where: Glenloch Station, 121 William Hovell Drive, Belconnen, Canberra (less than 10 minutes from Parliament House).

Why: To help inform Australia's 160,000 farmers, and the rest of the community, about the forthcoming Agricultural Census.

Please confirm attendance ASAP with Steve Dangaard on 02-6252 7197 or MOB 0418 481 757 or e-mail

    This census is directed towards Australia's 160,000 farmers. It is not to be confused with the Census of Population and Housing which occurs on the 7th of August and involves every Australian household. The Agricultural Census is a vital part of ABS's statistical work. Its results provide the basis for informed decision making in government, business and the rural community. The media briefing will mark the despatch (beginning 11 June) of the Agricultural Census form to farmers and other agricultural businesses who are in the scope of the census.
    It is important that the rural community be informed about the census, and are encouraged to support it. Preliminary results will be available in October 2001, with final results being available in August 2002.
    Glenloch Station is a fully functioning 225 ha sheep and cattle property in the middle of Canberra. It provides good rural vistas and is a fitting backdrop to the Agricultural Census.
    The Agricultural Census in one form or another has been conducted for over 140 years, and in fact is one of the oldest collections undertaken by the ABS. It was conducted annually until 1996/97. It is now conducted every five years in the same year as the Census of Population and Housing.