4618.0 - Water Use on Australian Farms, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
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Image: Irrigation IRRIGATION ACTIVITY BY STATE AND TERRITORY

Area
  • New South Wales irrigated the greatest area of land with 786,000 hectares, or 37% of the national agricultural land irrigated. Victoria irrigated 26% of the national total with 558,000 hectares, and Queensland irrigated 23% with 492,000 hectares.

Water used for irrigation
  • In 2011-12, New South Wales was the largest user of water for irrigation at 3,527 gigalitres, followed by Queensland at 1,884 gigalitres. Together these two states used around two-thirds of the irrigation water used in Australia.

Application rate
  • The national application rate was 3.8 ML/ha, with Western Australia having the highest rate at 4.9 ML/ha.
Graph Image for Irrigation Activity by State and Territory