Agricultural Survey, Financial Year 2002/2003 -->
C. Alternative Sources of Data
C1 Alternative sources
What alternative sources of data are available and what use is made of them? (C1)
Note. Should include surveys conducted during the previous two years that collect similar data, other sources apart from surveys, and Commonwealth, State Government and private sector sources.
Agricultural statistics are collected by numerous organisations including industry groups, and State and Federal Government departments. There are no alternative sources for many of the items that are collected in the Agricultural Survey and some other collections are based on different units, scope and coverage. This is the only comprehensive commodity survey conducted. However, some commodity data is collected by ABARE.
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In what respects are these alternative sources insufficient? (C2)
Reasons that alternative sources are insufficient include:
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- limitations on the type of respondent (e.g. the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) asks for data from a limited range of industry groups). The Agricultural Survey (AS) frame includes all respondents engaged in agricultural activity with an Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) of $5,000 or more, regardless of their industry;
- limitations on the number of commodities covered, e.g. industry or Government surveys that collect data specific to a particular industry. The AS aims at a comprehensive set of statistics about all agricultural activity on the establishments surveyed;
- the potential for overlap between the Agricultural Survey and ABARE has been investigated. The potential savings of approximately 300 respondent hours is minimal (about 1.5 % of total time taken);
- reporting bias is a concern when considering any voluntary survey as an alternative source;
- alternative data sources may have too small a sample to enable the provision of data on a finer geographic resolution than the State level.
C3 Joint data with other agencies
What consideration has been given to working with other agencies or organisations to make their data more suited to your needs? (C3)
Consultations with other agencies are ongoing.
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Examples of agencies consulted include:
Standing Committee of Agricultural Resource Managers.
National Committee on Agricultural Statistics.
National Farmers Federation.
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics.
Other contributing agencies are the various State and Territory agriculture and environment departments.