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7101.0 - Ag Mag - The Agriculture Newsletter, Dec 2012  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/12/2012   
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The ABS produces a publication called Water Use on Australian Farms, 2010-11 (cat. no. 4618.0) which presents estimates of agricultural water use, including pastures and crops irrigated, irrigation water sources, irrigation water management and water-related responses to adverse seasonal conditions.

Estimates about water use on Australian farms were collected as part of the 2010-11 Agricultural Census.

June 2012 saw the release of the following tables (and summary comments) in PDF and data cube (spreadsheet) format:

  • Agricultural Water Use
  • Irrigation Activity
  • Pastures and Crops Irrigated
  • Sources of Agricultural Water

Geographies released included state and territory, Australia, Murray-Darling Basin and Non-Murray-Darling Basin.


Following the June 2012 publication of water use summary estimates, the ABS will release small area data on 21 December 2012.

The small area data will be reported for the following regional geographic levels:
  • Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) - specifically Statistical Division (SD) and Statistical Local Area (SLA)
  • Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) - specifically Statistical Area 4 (SA4) and Statistical Area 2 (SA2)
  • Natural Resource Management (NRM) region

To access the data, go to the publication, Water Use on Australian Farms, 2010-11 (cat. no. 4618.0) and click on the Downloads tab. The data is found under the Data Cubes title.

As well as the statistics published in the publication, the ABS may have other relevant data available on request. Enquiries should be made to the National Information and Referral Service by telephoning 1300 135 070.

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