This publication 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. Data are available for a range of sub-state geographic levels, including Natural Resource Management (NRM) region, Statistical Division (SD) and Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) in July 2011. The data are based on a response rate of 87% from a sample of approximately 38,000 agricultural businesses selected for the 2009-10 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).
Climatic conditions affect both the availability of water for irrigation and the need to irrigate in order to supplement rainfall. Information from the Bureau of Meteorology outlining climatic conditions over the period July 2009 to June 2010 is presented as an appendix to assist in interpreting the data in this publication.
Further data from the 2009-10 ARMS collection are available in Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0) released in April 2011, Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced (cat. no 7503.0) later in May 2011 and Land Management and Farming in Australia (cat. no. 4627.0) released in June 2011.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The ARMS produces less detailed data on irrigation practices and irrigation expenditure in comparison to the Agricultural Survey and the Agricultural Census. For further details refer to the Explanatory Notes.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.