The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is working to modernise the way we produce agriculture statistics to quickly deliver information at regional scales and enable a holistic understanding of agriculture together with the environment and regional communities.
We are working with agriculture experts to co-design methods to integrate existing data from administrative, industry and satellite sources with traditional survey data. As well as improving the quality of information, this approach reduces the reporting burden on farmers and the agriculture industry. The recent release of experimental sugarcane statistics using data from the Sugar Cane Levy Payer Register is an example of this new approach.
Satellite images are a rich source of information that support a greater understanding of our changing physical environment. This Information paper sets out how the ABS is working with other government agencies to improve the way that satellite data is used to produce information about agriculture and the environment.