1383.0.55.001 - Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2009  
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Water resources level of development - 2004-05
Column graph: water source with a high level of development and overallocated water source, displayed for surface water management areas and groundwater management units

For technical information see Endnote 1.
Source: National Water Commission, Australian Water Resources 2005.

In the year ending June 2005, 1% of the 256 Australian surface water management areas that were assessed were overallocated. A further 17% of these areas were developed to a high level. About 5% of the 356 groundwater management units that were assessed were overallocated and another 24% had a high level of development.


MAP reports on three dimensions of the natural landscape: biodiversity, land and inland waters.

Water is fundamental to the survival of people and other organisms. Apart from drinking water, much of our economy (agriculture in particular) relies on water. The condition of freshwater ecosystems has a critical impact on the wider environment.


State and territory spreadsheets
The natural landscape: inland waters - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2006
Themes - Environment & Energy
State of the Environment reporting


1. Australia has 340 surface water management areas and 367 groundwater management units (hydraulically connected groundwater systems). However some of these areas and units were not assessed or did not have data available in 2004-05 and these have been excluded from the calculations.

A water source with a high level of development is one where the sum of water access entitlements is between 70% and 100% of sustainable yield. An overallocated water source is one where the sum of water access entitlements is more than 100% of sustainable yield. In this context, 'sustainable yield' is the 'level of water extraction from a particular system that, if exceeded, would compromise key environmental assets, or ecosystem functions and the productive base of the resource'. There is no standardised method across Australia for the determination of the sustainable yield.