Deakin University is undertaking research to provide advice on the improved collection of agricultural information. Of particular interest is an understanding of farm owner’s/manager’s experience in the completion of the 2016 ABS Agricultural Census and more recent ABS surveys.

The research is being undertaken on behalf of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

What is involved?

A private telephone interview with researchers from Deakin University. This can be arranged at a time that suits you.

Why is ABS doing this research?

This research aims to improve the relevance and quality of agricultural data and reduce the burden on farm businesses completing the ABS Agriculture Census and surveys. Results from the research will influence the development of the 2021 Agricultural Census program.

High quality information is important – for example, data collected helps the Australian Government in negotiating free trade agreements and market access for our agricultural products. It is also used to calculate the government contribution to research and development in your commodity group. These are important outcomes that each farm business contributes to when they fill out the Census or survey forms.

If you are interested in taking part in this research, or if you have questions regarding the research, please contact Ms Rose Elphick-Darling, Research Fellow, Deakin University, Telephone 03 9246 8810 or email

This post appeared in the AUSVEG Weekly Update published 11 December 2018. Subscribe to the Update using our online form to receive the latest industry news in your inbox every week!