The 2020-21 Agricultural Census will reach over 100,000 agricultural businesses from July 2021.
The information provided by these businesses will contribute to a broad range of statistics to support policy and planning by governments, industry, research organisations and regional communities.
This paper details what information will be collected on the 2020-21 Agricultural Census. It also outlines plans for the release of ABS Agriculture statistics for the 2020-21 reference year.
The ABS has reviewed information to be collected on the 2020-21 Agricultural Census to balance requirements of data users alongside the reporting burden imposed on agricultural businesses.
Content of the 2020-21 Agricultural Census has been informed by consultation with government and industry to reflect key national information priorities relevant to a wide range of data users. Feedback from participants in ABS’ previous agriculture collections has also been considered, and priority given to topics that can be reported easily and accurately. This will ensure the production of high quality official statistics to support industry and provide benchmark data for future analysis.
Further information on how the final content for the 2020-21 Agricultural Census was determined is provided in the section "Process for prioritising content".
Topics to be collected on the 2020-21 Agricultural Census are:
- Production of agricultural commodities
- Use of land by agricultural businesses
- Use of water by agricultural businesses.
A detailed list of data to be collected on the 2020-21 Agricultural Census is available from the 'Data downloads' section of this publication.
Data release plan
Data relating to all topics collected on the 2020-21 Agricultural Census listed will be released on the ABS website.
Additional data sourced from other ABS collections or derived from collected data will also be available for the 2020-21 reference year.
Topics for release in the ABS’ suite of 2020-21 Agricultural statistics will include:
- Agricultural commodities; by volume of production, area of production or number of trees and yield by commodity
- Use of land by agricultural businesses; including the area of holding and area of land used by purpose
- Use of water by agricultural businesses; by volume and source of water - for totals and by selected commodities
- Value of agricultural commodities produced - for totals and by selected commodities
- Value of irrigated agricultural production - for totals and by selected commodities
Release of specific data items within these topics will be subject to both quality measures and confidentiality constraints, which are unknown until data is collected and processed.
Data will be released on the ABS website on a range of geographies for the suite of 2020-21 agriculture statistics (refer to Table 1). Available geography will vary across data topics, dependent on both quality measures and confidentiality constraints associated with the statistics.
|Production of agricultural commodities||Use of land by agricultural businesses||Use of water by agricultural businesses||Value of agricultural commodities produced||Gross value of irrigated agricultural production|
|ABS Geographies released as standard|
|Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Additional non-ABS geographies to be released|
|Local Government Areas (LGA)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Natural Resource Management Regions (NRM)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Murray Darling Basin (MDB)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Custom data on request
In addition to standard outputs from the suite of 2020-21 agriculture statistics available on the ABS website, custom data may be available on request. This may include data on agricultural production, land and water use for other non-ABS geographies or cross-classifications of data items included in the standard outputs.
Custom data would be provided on a cost recovery basis after standard outputs are released on the ABS website.
ABS’ ability to produce custom data will be subject to quality measures and confidentiality constraints associated with the statistics of interest.
Data from the 2020-21 Agricultural Census be released from 26 July 2022 onwards.
Statistics on the production of agricultural commodities including cereal and broadacre crops, fruit and vegetables and livestock on Australian farms will appear in the publication Agricultural Commodities, Australia.
Statistics on agricultural water use (including pastures and crops irrigated) and irrigation water sources will appear in the publication Water use on Australian Farms.
Statistics on the gross and local values of production of major agricultural commodities will appear in the publication Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia.
Statistics on the gross value of irrigated agricultural production will appear in the publication Water Account, Australia.