Agricultural Property Definition



In January 2020, as part of the agricultural property project in partnership with Meat & Livestock Australia, Integrity Systems Company and PSMA Australia, we requested your help in developing a national definition of agricultural property and an associated draft data model. Throughout February we consulted extensively with stakeholders via three workshops with a total of 34 attendees across Perth, Canberra and Brisbane, conducted 23 phone interviews, and received 58 responses to the online survey collecting stakeholder use cases.

All the stakeholder consultation results have been analysed and have informed the Agricultural Property Definition Report which is now complete, as well as the Draft Data Model Report which is being finalised. We would like to thank you very much for your valuable contribution to the project. Please find below the Executive Summary to the Agricultural Property Definition Report which describes the key driver of the project, the value proposition for the definition and data model, the proposed definition of agricultural property and sub-classes of the definition, as well as outlining the key insights from stakeholder consultation.


Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Integrity Systems Company (ISC) and PSMA Australia (Australia’s authoritative property data custodian) have partnered with FrontierSI with the aim of creating a nationally accepted definition of agricultural property and an associated data model. The project was formed in response to discussions between MLA, PSMA, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Digital integration of real time information for Australian producers presents a massive value uplift for informed and timely decision-making on a property. At a fundamental level, enabling digital information to be integrated for producers, requires a spatial property database containing accurate boundaries of Australian agriculture producing properties. Currently, no complete and maintained dataset exists in Australia.

The land parcel component defining accurate boundaries of property is well defined and accessible (land cadastre), yet it is not optimised to provide a holistic linked view into all land parcels that constitute a producing property, nor tagged to allow filtering to agricultural properties. In fact, the definition of a ‘producing property’ (or agriculture property) for all types of agri-foods (i.e. grain, horticulture, livestock, hobby farms etc.) is not well defined. For example, hobby farms may not be captured at all if they do not meet the considerations for a primary producing property, yet still produce agriculture outputs of noteworthy scale.

Download the ‘Agricultural Property Definition & Insights from Consultation’ Report here (PDF, 274 KB).

Should you have any queries or would like to learn more about this project, contact:
Phil Delaney | Chief Innovation and Delivery Officer |

On behalf of Meat & Livestock Australia, Integrity Systems Company, PSMA Australia and FrontierSI, we thank you for your participation and continued support.