4610.0 - Water Account, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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Quality declaration - summary

Institutional environment

For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.

The three key source of data used in this publication conducted by the ABS and are as follows:

  • Water Supply and Sewerage Services Survey (WSSS)
  • Energy, Environment and Water Survey (EWES)
  • Environment Indicators Survey (EIS)


Water Account, Australia (cat. no. 4610.0) presents physical supply and use tables, monetary supply and use to allow analysts to better understand water supply and use patterns in Australia.


Both the physical supply and use data and monetary supply and use data in Water Account, Australia (cat. no. 4610.0) are typically released within 20 months of the end of the reference period, however a delay in the release of the 2017-18 account was required to modernise the processing system.


Data for Water Account, Australia (cat. no. 4610.0) were obtained from several different surveys with varying response rates, sample sizes and imputation methods. The resultant value estimates have been checked against relevant other sources, including contact with data providers, to ensure the accuracy of the estimates produced.

Water use data at the Australian New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC) subdivision level will not be as accurate as the aggregate level due to the small sample sizes at these levels


All years presented in this release are internally coherent, utilising standardised methodologies and data sources. Comparisons with prior releases of the Water Account, Australia (cat. no. 4610.0) should be interpreted with caution due to changes in methodology.

As data presented in the Water Account, Australia (cat. no. 4610.0) are based on ANZSIC, it allows the data to be related to other economic statistics that use this classification, most notably the Australian System of National Accounts (cat. no. 5204.0).


There are three sections of Explanatory Notes in this publication, which cover:
  • The key concepts from SEEA and the SNA required to understand the presented data.
  • A summary of data sources.
  • The methods used to compile the estimates.

In addition, a Glossary of key terms and a list of Abbreviations is also provided to assist data users.


The data contained in this publication has been produced to the lowest disaggregation possible, while maintaining data quality. Tables contained in this publication are available in spreadsheet format in the downloads tab. For more detail on the publication please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information that you provide to us.

Data cubes, analysis and commentary from WAA are available on the ABS website https://www.abs.gov.au.

If the information you require is not available as a standard product or service, the ABS Consultancy Services can assist with customised services to suit your requirements. Inquiries should be made to the ABS Information Centre on 1300 135 070.