Farmers across Australia are being urged to complete the Agricultural Census when they receive it from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Data collected in the survey provides insights on the role of agriculture in Australia and will be used to inform policies on Australia’s agriculture industry and decisions on infrastructure, service delivery and investment.
Head of ABS Agriculture Statistics, Amanda Clark, says that farmers’ participation is critical to ensure statistics accurately reflect the reality of what is happening in the agricultural sector.
“Farmers have been through so much in the past year: drought, flood, pests and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The Agricultural Census will provide information that can help government and industry understand and support the agriculture industry through challenging periods and into the future.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is urging all farmers to complete the Agricultural Census (Image: Commonwealth of Australia)
“The ABS values the time it takes to participate in the Agricultural Census,” Ms Clark said.
“We have listened to feedback and made changes to the survey. It is simpler to complete, and farmers can choose whether to respond online or with a paper form.”
Farmers are encouraged to complete and return the survey by 5 August 2021.
Further information about the Agricultural Census can be found here.
Important note: The ABS will contact all businesses required to participate in the Agricultural Census. Under the Census and Statistics Act 1905, you are obliged to provide the information requested by the ABS. All the information you provide will remain strictly confidential.