Agricultural Survey, Financial Year 2006/2007
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? What are the target RSEs for the survey? (B2)
The 2006-07 Agricultural Survey will collect data for a wide range of agricultural commodities and land uses including:
Area of holding;
Area of holding by landuse;
Hay and silage (area and production);
Cereal crops (area and production);
Other non-cereal crops (including cotton, sugar cane) (area and production);
Nurseries, cut flowers and cultivated turf (area);
Vegetables harvested for human consumption and for seed (area and production);
Fruit and nut trees, plantation and/or berry fruit (tree number or area and production);
Cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and other livestock numbers; and
Water use (area and crops irrigated and sources of irrigation water).
Estimates: Final estimates are expected to be available at National, State and Statistical Division (SD). Data will be available by Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations, ANZSIC 06 and the previous ANZSIC 93, plus commodity and specified size ranges (e.g. area of holding size, herd size).
Statistical unit: Data are collected at the agricultural business level.
Scope: As with the 2005-06 Agriculture Census, the scope of the 2006-07 Agricultural Survey includes units flagged as having both agricultural activity and an Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) of $5,000 plus or a Standardised BAS Total Sales (SBTS) of $5000 plus. SBTS is an 'EVAO equivalent' and is calculated by applying ANZSIC based standardisation factors to BAS Total sales for ATOMP units. ABNs identified through ABS frame maintenance activities as not operating an agricultural property are excluded from scope. The number identified on the ABR-based frame (190,000) excludes known duplicate/multiple ABNs from related entity units (a related entity group is a group of ABNs which could all report the same activity on the same parcels of land leading to duplication of reporting) and also ABNs identified through ABS frame maintenance activities as not operating an agricultural property.
Sample size: The 2006-07 Agriculture Survey is expected to increase to around 35,000 units (a sampling fraction of about 21%). The previous Agriculture Survey (2004-05) included around 31,000 units (a sampling fraction of around 24%).
Target RSEs for the survey: RSE constraints on the design variables will be in the order of:
3% for Australian level constraints;
7% for State level constraints; and
15% for Statistical Division and NHT2 constraints.
These constraints were set at 2.5%, 6% and 12% respectively for the 2004-05 reference year and earlier survey years.
Response rate: The 2006-07 Agricultural Survey budget allocation provides for an overall response rate of 80%, which is equivalent to that achieved in previous surveys.
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What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Test form design and approval finalised early January 2007
Test form will be posted out to target population mid January 2007
Close off for returning the testing forms will be late January 2007
Analysis and reporting of the testing will be complete by early February 2007
Final questionnaire - key dates:
Form content is to be finalised late December 2006
Form drafted and finalised early March 2007
Form approval complete by mid April 2007
Form definition and testing (for the OCR scanning system) late April 2007
Form printing from mid April to early May 2007
Forms ready for despatch from June 2007
Data collection dates:
Data collection will commence from 1 July 2007
Data cut-off for preliminary estimates is expected to be the end of September 2007
Data collection will cease from end February 2008 in preparation for final estimates
Data release dates:
Preliminary publication - Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary (cat. 7111.0) - released November 2007
Final publication - Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. 7121.0) - released June 2008
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