NAME OF ORGANISATION
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
The Vineyards collection is run on behalf of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC).
Frequency: The Vineyards Survey is conducted annually.
Scope: The Vineyards collection is sent to all establishments for whom a special vineyards flag is set on the Inteframe, or who have an Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) code of 0114 (grape growing) or who show areas of vineyards on the Agricultural Commodity Survey / Census.
Statistical unit: Data is collected at the establishment level.
commodity Area planted (split between bearing and non-bearing areas)
categories: Production of grapes (for winemaking, drying or other uses)
Intended plantings in the coming season
Area of varieties removed or grafted.
The main purpose of the survey is to collect varietal data on the main grape varieties grown in Australia. The output from the collection is produced at a regional level.
For each variety, the major data items collected include:
1 - Area planted (split between bearing and non-bearing areas)
2 - Production of grapes (for winemaking, drying or other uses)
3 - Intended plantings in the coming season
4 - Area of varieties removed or grafted.
The output from the collection is essential for research and analysis by National, State and Regional bodies involved in policy development, legislation, planning and infrastructure and by those directly involved in the grape and wine industries.
The main user of this information is the Australian wine industry's Statistics Task Force (STF) which is an industry body made up of representatives of all industry peak bodies and represents the views of the industry on statistical matters.
Other users of this information are:
Winegrape Growers Council of Australia (WGCA),
Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA),
Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC),
Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC),
South Australian Farmers Federation - Winegrapes Section (SAFF),
Winegrapes Marketing Board NSW,
Victorian and Murray Valley Wine Grape Growers Council (V&MVWGGC),
National Wine Centre,
Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture,
Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology,
The Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia and
National Vine Health Steering Committee (NVHSC).
All grape growers.
The Vineyards collection is sent to all respondents who indicate an area of vines on the Agricultural Census/Survey(AS) or who have an Activity Indicator set to "Vineyard" on Inteframe, and who are on the frame for the Agricultural Survey. Since 2000, the $5,000 cut-off of Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) level used for the Agricultural Census/AS does not apply to the Vineyards collection.
The change from an Agricultural Census to the Agricultural Survey caused coverage concerns with regard to the Vineyards survey. Additional sources of lists of grape growers are supplied by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) in order to maintain coverage so that a comprehensive frame can be maintained.
Data is collected from all establishments which grow grapes. These are units which are engaged in growing grapes, regardless of whether or not their predominant activity is agricultural.
An agricultural establishment is an establishment which is engaged mainly in agricultural activities (i.e. classified to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC) Sub-Division 0 - Agriculture).
An establishment with agricultural activity is usually a single physical location which is used for the production of crops (including fruit and vegetables) and/or for the raising of livestock and the production of livestock products.
The survey collects varietal data for white and red grapes, and associated totals.
The main output consists of varietal data at different levels of aggregation. This includes commodity totals and commodity counts.
The main varietal outputs are:
Area of vines at harvest
- planted before harvest
- planted after harvest
- for wine-making
- for drying
- for table and other uses
Area of varieties removed or grafted
Other outputs include (non-varietal):
Area of red and white grapes left on the vine or dropped on the ground at maturity
Grape vines watered - area, volume, source and method.
Australian Geographical Indications regions.
- The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) is the main geographic classification used.
- Data is available at the State, Statistical Division and the Statistical Local Area levels.
- Data is also output using the industry's GI regions (Geographical Indications).
- The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC) is the only classification used.
- Each commodity is given a unique Commodity Code Number (CCN).
- Most commodities will have the same CCN which allows for comparison over time.
- Not all commodities will be collected each year, leading to gaps in historical series.
- There are some similar commodities, with different CCNs, which may make analysis confusing in historical series.
Other concepts (summary)
New South Wales
Comments and/or Other Regions
The ABS has collected data specifically for use by the Grape and Wine Industries since the mid 1970's. The Agriculture program collects viticulture statistics. Up until 1994 the South Australian office of the ABS took a coordinating role in the compilation of these statistics for Australia. The viticulture collection was run by each state office, but the final editing and publication was undertaken by the SA Agricultural section. The responsibility for the whole of Australia has now passed to the ABS Agricultural Business Statistics Centre in Tasmania.
In early 1994 the ABS established in its South Australian office a "Wine Statistics Unit". This unit runs the Winemaker collections and provides a strong Viticulture liaison role with the Agricultural Statistics Centre in Tasmania and the major users. Its Viticulture role to date has concentrated on facilitating the standardisation of the collection form across Australia and improving coverage.
1999-2000 onwards Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) restrictions no longer applicable.
1993-94 onwards Change in EVAO level to $5,000 and over.
1991-92 Change in EVAO level to $22,500 and over.
1986-87 Change in EVAO level to $20,000 and over.
1982-83 Change in EVAO level to $2,500 and over.
Prior to this, EVAO level was $1,500 and over.
Data availability comments
Data is collected annually
Collection during May
Release of data in December
DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
18/01/2008 11:01 AM