Agricultural Finance Survey, Financial Year 1998/1999
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Major users of AFS data include:
State and Federal Departments of Agriculture/Primary Industry
National Farmers Federation
State Farmers Associations
ABS - National Accounts Branch
Australian Wheat Board
Australian Wool Corporation
Users require annual data due to the volatility of the agricultural sector. The figures allow users to monitor activity and results in the Agricultural sector, to compare the agricultural sector with other sectors in the economy.
The National Accounts Branch uses AFS industry data in the construction of Input/Output tables. The AFS also provides data for the agriculture component of the ABS Economy Wide Surveys. The National Farmers Federation and State Farmers Associations require data at a National and State level, for comparison.
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How will the survey meet this need? That is, what are the objectives of the survey in terms of content and constraints? (B2)
This cut-off has been chosen because those MUs with less than $22,500, though plentiful, contribute much less to the population totals than the rest. Here are some current numbers:
MU's Tot EVAO
Under $22.5k 43,534 414,392,639
Over $22.5k 112,300 27,339,103,953
This indicates that although MU's under $22,500 represents about 25% of the population, they only represent about 1.5% of total EVAO. We expect a similar result to occur for other estimates due to the correlation with EVAO.
The actual cut-off involved agreement between ABS and users via consultative forums and represents a compromise between costs, benefits, and user expectations.
The survey will obtain data from a sample of approximately 2600 respondents. Approximately 250 items of financial data are collected including income, expenses, debt, interest paid, asset acquisition and asset value. Several aggregate values such as turnover, value added, gross operating surplus, net indebtedness and net worth are derived from these data.
Data is produced at Australian and State level by industry classification.
This survey operates under accuracy constraints (outlined in section H2). There is a requirement to produce Australian and ANZSIC level estimates for National Accounts. The current RSE constraints are suitable for NA needs. The state level RSE constraints are a way of rationalising the spread of sample through the states. This survey is also subject to budgetary constraints.
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What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Dispatch forms August 1999
Interviewer Training Aug/Sep 1999
First Estimates Publication Jan/Feb 2000
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