The National Farmers’ Federation is encouraging
farmers to participate in the Agricultural Census to
provide an accurate picture of the nation’s
From this month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics
(ABS) will be asking farmers about their agricultural
production, land and water use in 202-21.
The participation of farmers is crucial to ensure
statistics accurately reflect the reality of what is
happening across the agricultural sector. These
statistics can help inform policy and programs that
will help drive profitability and productivity of the
sector. The concept around getting accurate, timely
and informed data that helps makes better decision
making is a sound one.
The ABS have taken on board participant feedback
from previous years and have made changes to the
survey that make it easier to complete, via an online
portal or in paper form.
“Agriculture has faced a turbulent year of drought,
flood, mice, and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. It
is important that farmers share their experiences
and provide insight into the challenges faced over
the 2020-21 period,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said.
“This information will enable government to work
closely with industry to adapt and shape both the
huge opportunities and expected challenges going
Farmers participating in the survey are asked to
complete and return forms by 5 August 2021.
More information about the Agricultural Census can