The ABS is partnering with industry and other stakeholders to co-design methods to produce agriculture statistics using new data sources.
Traditionally, agriculture statistics are produced by the ABS through an annual agricultural survey or a five yearly agricultural census.
These experimental sugarcane statistics demonstrate that these new data sources can produce accurate and more timely statistics at a level of regional detail normally only available from an agricultural census. In addition, less reliance on surveys and censuses to produce agriculture statistics can reduce reporting burden for farmers.
The ABS plans to adopt this approach to produce future official sugarcane statistics, pending feedback on this release. This will include the eventual removal of sugarcane questions from the agricultural survey. More information on the approach is provided in this publication, and feedback to further refine it is welcomed.
Work is underway to extend this approach to use administrative data for other agricultural statistics, initially focussing on statistics for broadacre crops.
If you are interested in being part of the conversation about modernising the production of official agriculture statistics please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org