The method of collecting prices and costs for agricultural commodities varies between commodities. Price information is collected at a state and territory level and applied to substate levels which may not be reflective of prices in regional Australia.
Commodity price information is obtained from several sources. These currently include the Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced (VACP) survey, other ABS collections, including the Livestock Products quarterly survey and International Trade in Goods and Services, and non-ABS administrative sources, including marketing information and industry publications.
The VACP survey is sent to a range of wholesalers, brokers, manufacturers, transport companies and auctioneers to obtain a range of factory, fresh, trade, pool, transport, marketing, and packaging costs for a range of horticulture, broadacre and livestock product prices and costs.
Administration data is sourced directly from several industry groups.
Quantity data for most crops are sourced directly from the 2020–21 Agricultural Census and relate to the year ended 30 June 2021.
A list of the crops, livestock disposals and livestock products data items released from the 2020-21 VACP collection are below.