1100.2 - Statistics Victoria, Jun 2011  
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Energy Account, Australia, 2008–09
Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2009–10
Water Use on Australian Farms, 2009–10

Energy Account, Australia, 2008–09 (cat. no. 4604.0) - released 29/05/2011

Data available at the following geographic levels: National

This publication presents estimates of supply and use of energy products in Australia. It also provides a time series of energy efficiency measures related to Australian industry and guide to interpret these measures.

Australia's total energy use increased by 3,479 PJ (or 19%) over the period 2001–02 to 2008–09. The export market was the single largest consumer of Australian energy products, growing by 29% between 2001–02 and 2008–09. In contrast, total domestic use of energy products showed a relatively small increase from 7,852 PJ to 8,207 PJ (or 5%) over the same seven year period.

Consumption of energy by households accounted for 12% of the total domestic energy consumption in Australia during 2008–09. While the overall contribution of households to energy production was under 1% in 2008–09, household energy production from solar quadrupled from 2 PJ in 2005–06 to 8 PJ in 2008–09.

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Land Management and Farming in Australia, 2009–10 (cat. no. 4627.0) - released 21/06/2011

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State and territory; National Resource Management

This publication presents information on agricultural land management practices.

Key findings in the publication include:
  • In 2009–10, approximately 52% of Australia’s total land area was managed by agricultural businesses.
  • In 2009–10, approximately 60,000 agricultural businesses prepared land for crops or horticulture covering 25.1 million hectares.
  • Grazing land accounted for 88% of land managed by agricultural businesses. Almost half (48%) of all agricultural businesses in Australia were engaged in cropping activities and 17% were engaged in horticulture.
  • Of those businesses that have natural environments on their property, over half protected these areas for conservation purposes.
  • The main crop residue management practice was to leave stubble intact (48% of all agricultural businesses), ploughing crop residue into the soil (34%) and removal of crop residue by baling or heavy grazing (23%).
  • A large proportion (61%) of agricultural businesses in Australia applied fertiliser to their holding in 2009-10. The average application rates for manufactured fertilisers ranged between 0.08 and 0.21 tonnes per hectare. The application rate for animal manure was 2.73 tonnes per hectare down from 3.19 tonnes per hectare in 2007–08.

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Water Use on Australian Farms, 2009–10 (cat. no. 4618.0) - released 11/05/2011

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State and territory, Statistical Division (SD), Natural Resource Management (NRM) region and Murray-Darling Basin (MDB)

This publication presents estimates of agricultural water use (including pastures and crops irrigated), irrigation water sources, irrigation methods, irrigation water management and irrigation expenditure and assets.

Australia's total agricultural water use in 2009–10 rose slightly by 1% to 7,359 gigalitres.

The amount of irrigation water used by Australia's 41,000 irrigating agricultural businesses increased slightly by 1% to 6,596 gigalitres in 2009–10. Notably, Victoria increased its water used for irrigation by 26% to 1,505 gigalitres in 2009–10.

Of the states and territories, Victoria and New South Wales had the greatest number of irrigating agricultural businesses in 2009–10, accounting for 51% of all of Australia's irrigating businesses.

In 2009-10, almost a quarter (24%) of all agricultural land in Australia is located in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB). In 2009–10 the MDB accounted for 37% of Australia's irrigating agricultural businesses, 53% of all irrigated agricultural land and 54% of irrigation water applied.

New South Wales MDB's volumes of irrigation water applied in 2009–10 increased by 5%. Victoria MDB was up by 31%, reflecting the large increase of agricultural water use in that state. Queensland MDB (down by 38%) and South Australia MDB (down by 3%) showed decreases in the volume of irrigation water applied.

In Victoria, the main use of irrigation water was pasture for grazing (798 gigalitres), using over half (53%) of all irrigation water used in the state. Other major irrigation water uses were fruit trees, nut trees, plantation or berry fruits (260 gigalitres), and grapevines (155 gigalitres).

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