Agricultural Survey, Financial Year 2002/2003 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information. Survey objectives should be included in "B2" below.
Primary producers, industry organisations and suppliers, and other agricultural service and support industries use agricultural statistics for planning and decision making. The Federal and State Governments make extensive use of agricultural statistics for planning, budgets, advisory services and for policies related to marketing agricultural commodities.
The prime objective of the Agricultural Survey (AS) is to act as a source of basic agricultural statistics about a wide variety of commodities.
The AS is designed primarily to collect data about commodities (including area and production for crops, number of livestock and area irrigated). Data are also available on the number of producers for each commodity and on the counts of producers by ANZSIC class.
The AS is also the major source of commodity data input into the calculation of Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced (VACP). VACP is a major output from the survey which is in turn used as an input to the Australian National Accounts.
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How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? What are the target RSEs for the survey? (B2)
Note. Should include a brief overview of the main topics the survey will cover. If applicable, provides details of any constraints including: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs, Confidence Intervals), etc.
The Agricultural Survey is the basic source of Australian agricultural commodity statistics.
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The Agricultural Survey (AS) is conducted annually. Approximately every fifth year an Agricultural Census will be conducted in place of the AS.
The frame population of this years AS is all establishments with an Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) of $5,000 or more. The sample for the 2002-03 Agricultural Survey is a reduced sample from the same selections as the 2001-02 Agricultural Survey (about 28,000 of the original 35,000 units).
Data is collected at the establishment level.
The AS collects area and production data for a wide range of agricultural commodities. This commodity data is used to produce data on the Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced (VACP).
Major commodity categories:
Area of holding
Cereals and other broadacre crops
Data are available at State and Statistical Division (SD).
Data are available classified by Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO), Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), commodity and specified size ranges (e.g. herd size) and Area of Holding classes.
Two complementary collections are run in conjunction with the Agricultural Survey, namely Apples and Pears (user-funded) and Vineyards (user-funded).
The two user-funded surveys have their own separate collection management system (CMS) entries.
Design Constraints for major data items:
2% for Australian level
5% for State level
10% for regional level
Minimum stratum sample size: 15 for size 1; 10 for others.
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date questionnaires are printed or finalised, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available. SCH approval for the survey is to be obtained before data collection commences.
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Testing - round 1
Testing - round 2
Input processing period:
Other timetable details.
Preliminary estimates are produced in November.