Burdekin Shire Council is encouraging its primary producers to participate in the 2016 Agricultural Census. Every five years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics measures the pulse of Australia’s agriculture industry, and it’s happening right now. The Agricultural Census gathers and provides information on the production of key agricultural commodities, land management practices, and information on natural resources.
Approximately 103,000 agricultural businesses across Australia are asked to participate in the Agricultural Census, making it Australia’s largest business-based collection.
The information gathered in the Agricultural Census supports policy and planning by Commonwealth and state and territory governments, industry bodies, research organisations and the farming community.
The Agricultural Census is transforming in a number of ways, following consultation with industry bodies and agricultural businesses. Information booths have been popping up at agricultural events across the country, and a streamlined online form enables quicker and easier completion of the Agricultural Census forms.
Head to abs.gov.au/Agriculture for the Australian Bureau of Statistics Agriculture portal.
Head to abs.gov.au/2016AgCensus to complete the AgCensus survey.