4618.0 - Water Use on Australian Farms, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
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Image: Water droplet AGRICULTURAL WATER USE
  • Consecutive years of good rainfall has resulted in increased water availability for the agricultural sector.
  • Australia's total agricultural water use in 2011-12 was 9,007 gigalitres, which was 1,456 gigalitres (19%) more than in 2010-11.
  • More than two thirds (69%) of this use was in the Murray-Darling Basin, which amounted to 6,174 gigalitres.
  • The states using the most water were New South Wales with 3,751 gigalitres and Queensland with 2,108 gigalitres.

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Annotation(s): MDB=Murray-Darling Basin;MDB=Murray-Darling Basin;MDB=Murray-Darling Basin

Source(s): Water Use on Australian Farms (cat. no. 4618.0)