SRA collaborates with a range of partners to capture and make available accurate information about the industry and its stakeholders.

The information plays a critical role in improving service delivery, targeting research and translation and supporting enhanced outcomes for industry.

Sugarcane Farm Business Survey

In 2021, SRA once again partnered with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), to jointly engage the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) to design and conduct a survey of sugarcane growing businesses.

ABARES is the science and economics research division of the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. It provides professionally independent, world-class research, analysis and advice for government and private sector decision-makers on significant issues affecting Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries.

The Sugarcane Farm Business Survey collects important information about farming costs and production to identify historical trends for sugarcane growing businesses. The survey also identifies common farming systems used across farming regions to provide growers with insights about production and costs.

The report of the previous Sugarcane Farm Business Survey, conducted in 2014, is available.

The results of the 2021 survey are available as a PDF of the report, an Excel spreadsheet of the de-identifed data and an interactive digital dashboard.

The dashboard is dynamic and includes a range of data visualisations related to farm financial performance and management practices that can be filtered by district and profitability groups for benchmarking analysis.

You can read instructions for using the dashboard.

Australian Bureau of Statistics sugarcane experimental statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new statistics on sugarcane production, area of harvest and business counts, using a combination of the Levy Payer Register and satellite mapping data.

The new methods produce accurate and timely statistics on a regional level that is usually only available from an agricultural census.

More information, examples of the data available, and downloads of the data are available on the ABS website.

Agricultural Census

Until 1996-97, the Agricultural Census was conducted annually by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The current strategy is for a five yearly census.

Statistics from the Agricultural Census help farmers, providing a rich set of information for regional Australia which can be used to inform decisions to support agriculture and communities.

View visualisations of the data from the 2015-16 Agricultural Census on the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

Information from the 2020-21 Agricultural Census will be on the ABS website from mid-2022.

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