Australia's Ag stats to get a make-over

A NEW federal government report has spelled out the best ways to work with the agriculture industry to modernise the agricultural statistics system, reducing the burden on farmers, minimising data collection costs and improving the accuracy and quality of statistics nation-wide.
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Kristy Moroney

ABARES Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds, said the Roadmap to improve the agricultural statistics system report has been developed to deliver an enhanced and modernised agricultural data collection system. 

“It will better support the agriculture sector by improving access to current, accurate and concise information so farmers, industry and government can best prepare for any future challenges,” Dr Hatfield-Dodds said. 

“The roadmap will assist the agriculture industry to guide and coordinate the longer term changes required to deliver a modernised agricultural statistics system, with farmers working with Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) and industry bodies, we will ensure the collection of data is streamlined, useful and fit-for-purpose,” he said. 

“Industry, government and other stakeholders have been using the current system for more than a century; we need a system which uses modern data collection methods which continues to support the best possible on-farm, industry and policy decisions.” 

The ABARES Executive Director said this report continues the work the department has undertaken to improve access to agricultural data, including the land use mapping information we updated last year to show how Australia’s landscape is being used.  

“This comprehensive land mapping data covers over 585 million hectares, or 76 per cent of Australia, and is the best available,” Hatfield-Dodds said. 

“Electronic data systems like the agricultural statistics system and land mapping information are critical tools for assisting producers prepare and plan for the future,” he said. 

The Roadmap to improve the agricultural statistics system was developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 

Further information about the Roadmap to improve the agricultural statistics system and land mapping data can be found by clicking HERE.