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7111.0.55.001 - Agricultural Survey: Farm Business Operations and Management, Australia, 2001-02  
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October 31, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
148/2002

ABS provides a picture of changes to farm business management practices

Preliminary estimates from the 2001-02 Agricultural Survey released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today provide indicative information on the business operation and management of Australian farm establishments for the first time.

These estimates show that 64% of respondents indicated some change to farm business management practices during the year ended 30 June 2002. The main changes made were related to improving general land use and use of soil (24%), financial management (19%) and production management (18%).

The results indicate that 40% of respondents attended a demonstration site or field day, 25% participated in workshops or short courses, 16% attended a conference and 12% engaged a consultant.

While 9% of respondents attended a TAFE course, only 1% attended a university course. Approximately 32% of respondents reported they did not participate in any courses.

These preliminary estimates are in Agricultural Survey: Farm Business Operations and Management, Australia, 2001-02 (cat. no. 7111.0.55.001) - an electronic release available on this web site.

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