The 2021-22 Water Account, Australia (WAA) implemented the following changes:
Estimates of the Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (GVIAP) were not included in this edition. The quality of responses to the Rural Environment and Agricultural Commodities Survey (REACS), 2021-22, was lower than required to produce a full set of agricultural statistics. Consequently, ABS agricultural publications, with respect to the 2021-22 reference period, contain a reduced set of agricultural commodity area and production statistics at the national, state and territory levels. In addition, agricultural water use statistics (including GVIAP) for the 2021-22 financial year are not yet available, and the Water Use on Australian Farms publication was not published. In early 2023 the ABS released an Information paper outlining further detail about the future production of official agricultural statistics.
There have been several changes to the presentation of data in the Physical Supply and Use Tables (PSUTs):
- Self-extracted water use has been disaggregated into three separate categories - ‘Surface water’, ‘Groundwater’ and ‘Sea water for desalination’.
- Water use and Water consumption are presented at industry level (see Methodology section for definitions).
- Industry Division A - Agriculture, forestry and fishing - division-level data only is presented. In previous editions of the WAA, a detailed breakdown of Agriculture was presented, however, due to changes to the ABS agricultural survey program (described above) this was not possible for 2021-22. Further to this, data quality for the industry subdivisions Aquaculture; Forestry and logging; Fishing, hunting and trapping; and Agriculture, forestry, and fishing support services, the estimates for which are all modelled, was deemed not acceptable for publication. Therefore, total 'Agriculture, forestry and fishing' is presented at an aggregate level.
- Industry divisions B (Mining) and C (Manufacturing) were previously presented in WAA at subdivision level (at the national level), however, due to data quality and confidentiality issues, estimates for these divisions are presented at total division level – 'Mining' and 'Manufacturing'.
Some revisions in source data, as well as updates to models used to produce some estimates, has led to minor revisions to the WAA time series dating back to 2014-15.