ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY STATISTICS
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Environmental Issues: Water use and Conservation, Mar 2010
Towards an integrated environmental-economic account for Australia, 2010
Water Account, Australia, 2008-09
Environmental Issues: Water use and Conservation, Mar 2010 (cat. no. 4602.0.55.003) – released 19/11/10
Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory; Capital Cities, Outside Capital Cities
This publication presents information about water usage and water conservation practices of Australian households. It covers a range of topics including household water sources, water usage, and water saving practices inside and outside the dwelling.
Mains or town water continued to be the most common source of water for Australian households in 2010, with 93% of households being connected to either mains or town water. Nearly all households in capital cities (99%) were connected to mains or town water compared with 84% of households outside the capital cities.
South Australia continues to have the highest proportion of households with a rainwater tank (49%) but there was a marked increase in the proportion of households with a rainwater tank in Queensland and Victoria. Rainwater tank use in Victoria increased from 17% in 2007 to 30% in 2010.
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Towards an integrated environmental-economic account for Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4655.0.55.001) – released 25/11/10
High quality information is needed to inform decision-making. Environmental policy decisions are particularly complex because they typically involve consideration of many (often competing) values. Articulation and identification of these values is difficult, and of the elements which are measurable, resources have constrained the breadth and depth of information available.
Within Australia, and in many countries, responsibilities for environmental and economic policies are institutionally separated. So too are the information systems that inform those policies. Given that economic policies have environmental impacts and vice versa, policy-making can suffer from the absence of an information system that can articulate these linkages.
This paper describes the concept of environmental-economic accounting as a means of linking the environment and economy, and proposes a new set of work by the ABS to inform these linkages.
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Water Account, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4610.0) – released 29/11/10
Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory
This publication presents information on the supply and use of water in the Australian economy in 2008-09, compiled in accordance with the System of Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting.
Water consumption in Victoria was 2,991 GL in 2008-09, the third highest volume in Australia. This represents a 40% decrease from 2004-05 when water consumption was 4,993 GL. Total water consumption was 549 kL per capita. This is the second lowest in Australia, below the Australian average of 642 kL per capita.
Household water consumption for Victoria was 342 GL or 11% of the state's total water consumption. This has increased from 405 GL in 2004-05.
Agricultural activities consumed 1,593 GL or 53% of the total water consumption, a 51% decrease from 2004-05 when agricultural activities consumed 3,281 GL. The manufacturing industry consumed 158 GL or 5% of total water consumption in Victoria, an increase from 114 GL in 2004-05.
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