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2011 Agricultural Census Data Release

Information from the 2011 Agricultural Census has now been released! Three publications were released on 29 June 2012.


Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2010-11 (cat. no. 7121.0)

Contains final estimates for the main commodities collected in the 2010-11 Agricultural Census. Includes statistics on land use, industry activity, crop and horticultural area and production, and livestock numbers.

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Interactive Map - Agricultural Commodities 2010-11

Additional data cubes and maps covering a range of sub-state geographic levels including Natural Resource Management (NRM) region, Statistical Division (SD), Statistical Local Area (SLA), Statistical Area 4 (SA4), Statistical Area 2 (SA2) and Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) will be released later in 2012.


Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, 2010-11 (cat. no. 7503.0)

Contains the final estimates of gross and local values of production of major agricultural commodities for all states, territories for the main commodities collected in the 2010-11 Agricultural Census.

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Interactive Map - Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced 2010-11

Additional data cubes and maps covering a range of sub-state geographic levels including Natural Resource Management (NRM) region, Statistical Division (SD), Statistical Local Area (SLA), Statistical Area 4 (SA4), Statistical Area 2 (SA2) and Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) will be released later in 2012.


Water Use on Australian Farms, 2010-11 (cat. no. 4618.0)

Presents estimates of agricultural water use, including pastures and crops irrigated, irrigation water sources, irrigation water management and water related responses to adverse seasonal conditions.

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Interactive Map - Water Use on Australian Farms 2010-11

Additional data cubes and maps covering a range of sub-state geographic levels including Natural Resource Management (NRM) region, Statistical Division (SD), Statistical Local Area (SLA), Statistical Area 4 (SA4), Statistical Area 2 (SA2) and detailed Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) will be released later in 2012.

What is the Agricultural Census?

The Agricultural Census is conducted every five years and is the second largest collection undertaken in Australia after the Census of Population and Housing, which is also conducted five-yearly.

The Agricultural Census provides a detailed picture of what is happening in the Australian agricultural sector at the regional level. It provides vital information on agricultural production, water and land management practices throughout Australia and provides a detailed understanding of the contribution that agriculture makes to the national economy. The information gathered through the Agricultural Census can help to influence decisions that will shape the future of Australia.

Uses of Census Data

The information collected on the Agricultural Census will be used by Commonwealth and State government departments, industry bodies and agricultural businesses to help with decision making, policy formation and planning for the future of the industry. For instance:

  • Community planners use the information to target needed services to rural residents;
  • Farmers use Census data to help make informed decisions about the future of their own operations including marketing and investment decisions;
  • Legislators use the information when shaping farm policies and programs;
  • Governments and farm organisations use census data to evaluate the impact of natural disasters on agriculture. E.g. following the destruction caused by Cyclone Larry in far north Queensland in 2006, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) agricultural production, value, and industry count data were used to inform the Queensland state government's relief and rebuilding efforts.

When will the 2011 Agricultural Census data be available to the public and how can I keep track of releases?

Preliminary data were released in November 2011 in Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 2010-11 (cat. no. 7111.0) and Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary, 2010-11 (cat. no. 7501.0). Final data at the state and national level were released on 29 June 2012. Small area data will be released later in 2012. You can keep track of releases by monitoring the ABS releases calendar or subscribing to our email notification service.


For what geographic areas are the Agricultural Census data available?

The ABS will be releasing final data from the Agricultural Census for current Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) geographic areas including, national, state, Statistical Divisions and Statistical Local Areas. In addition, standard output according to non-ABS spatial structures will also be produced at Natural Resource Management (NRM) region and Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) level. Other customised small area data will be available on request as special data services.

The ABS will replace the ASGC with the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) from July 2011. The new standard will be the basis for the spatial presentation of ABS statistics for all collections including the 2011 Census of Population and Housing and the 2011 Agricultural Census. It will be based on small area structures known as mesh blocks, resulting in more stable and consistent spatial units than under the existing ASGC. Under the ASGS, the Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2) region is the geography that best concords with the size of the existing Statistical Local Area (SLA) region. Data will be released at the SA2 level from the 2011 Agricultural Census.

For further information on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), please visit the Geography Portal.

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