Australian Bureau of Statistics
7104.0.55.001 - Agriculture in Focus: Farming Families, Australia, 2006
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1.11 BUSINESSES WITH AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITY BY STATE AND TERRITORY - Year ended 30 June 2006
Table 1.12 shows the key commodities, by value, grown in each state of Australia for the 2005-06 year. The most valuable commodities produced by farm businesses in Australia were cattle and calves for slaughter followed by wheat production and milk production. In total, all commodities contributed $38.5 billion to the Australian economy which represents about 3% of the Gross Domestic Product for that year.
1.12 KEY COMMODITIES PRODUCED BY STATE AND TERRITORY- Year ended 30 June 2006
DIFFERENCE IN CLASSIFICATION
The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) was used for the first time in the ABS 2006 Census of Population and Housing to collect occupation statistics. In the past the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) had been used for this purpose. While the classification criteria for ANZSCO are essentially the same as those used for ASCO, the application of the skill level criterion has changed.
In ASCO, the skill level required for entry to an occupation was considered. In ANZSCO, it is the skill level required for competent performance of the set of tasks associated with the occupation which is used. This difference in the application of skill level has contributed to the difference between the amount of people classified as farmers using each classification.
In ASCO 'farm overseer' had a separate classification but it is now included across many categories in ANZSCO, including farmers and farm managers, and makes the largest contribution to the difference between farmer numbers in ASCO and ANZSCO. The number of farming families using the ANZSCO classification is 103,701.
In this article farmers and farmers in farming families were classified using the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) to allow comparison with the article Australian Social Trends 2003, Farming Families (cat. no. 4102.0).
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Australian Social Trends, 2003, Farming families (ABS cat. no. 4102.0).
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Productivity Commission 2005, Trends in Australian Agriculture, Research Paper, Canberra.
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