4618.0 - Water Use on Australian Farms, 2007-08 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/05/2009   
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15/10/2009 Note: Datacubes are now available for all regions including Murray-Darling Basin, non-Murray-Darling Basin, and Statistical Divisions.

10/07/2009 Note: Release of datacubes for additional regions (Statistical Division, Murray–Darling Basin and non–Murray–Darling Basin).



This publication presents estimates of agricultural water use, including pastures and crops irrigated. Estimates are presented for Australia, state/territories and Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions, as well as for the Murray-Darling Basin. The estimates are compiled from data collected as part of the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) for the year ended 30 June 2008.

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 2007 to June 2008 are presented as an appendix to assist in interpreting these data.


A reduced range of commodity items was collected from the 2007-08 ARMS in comparison to surveys and censuses of previous years. In addition, some irrigation crop categories have been altered. More information is available upon request.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.