Publications

This page provides access to a range of Australian Water Resources 2005 publications. They can be downloaded or viewed directly from this page.

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Australian Water Resources 2005 has been produced in three stages, with several reports related to each stage.

  1. Level 1 Reports
  2. Level 2 Reports
  3. Discovery Phase

Level 1 Reports

Key findings of Level 1 Assessment (Brochure)
Key findings from Level 1 baseline assessment of high-level performance indicators of water resource management in Australia (Released October 2006).

Key findings of Level 1 Assessment (Brochure) (0.9Mb PDF)

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Key findings of Level 1 Assessment (Report)
Summary report for Level 1 baseline assessment of high-level performance indicators of water resource management in Australia (Released October 2006)

Level 1 Assessment key findings (Report) (7.7Mb PDF)
Level 1 Assessment key findings (Report without maps) (0.7 Mb PDF)

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Level 2 Reports

AWR 2005 Level 2 Assessment Summary

Key findings of Level 2 Assessment (Brochure)
Key findings from Level 2 baseline assessment of water resources for the National Water Initiative (Released July 2007)

Key findings from Level 2 baseline assessment of water resources for the National Water Initiative (Brochure) (2.6Mb PDF)

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Key findings of Level 2 Assessment (Report)
Summary report for baseline assessment of water resources for the National Water Initiative – providing data, analysis, and discussion to progress understanding of water availability, water use, and river and wetland health (Released July 2007)

Key findings from Level 2 baseline assessment of water resources for the National Water Initiative (Completed report is 11.2Mb PDF)
Part 1 (1.7Mb PDF)
Part 2 (2.2Mb PDF)
Part 3 (2.3Mb PDF)
Part 4 (2.1Mb PDF)
Part 5 (2.9Mb PDF)

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Water Availability

National Perspective
Results from water balances for priority geographic areas are assessed within the context of Australia’s hydrological and climatic conditions (Released July 2007)

Water Availability – National Perspective (3.4Mb PDF)

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Regional Water Balances
Regional water cycle reports from 51 priority geographic areas describe the key volumetric parameters as a water balance, allowing assessment and comparison of values (Released June 2007).

Regional Water Balances report (5.8Mb PDF)
Appendix A – Water balances (0.7Mb PDF)
Appendix B – Regional maps (low res 7.3Mb.PDF)
   Australian Capital Territory maps (1.1Mb PDF)
   New South Wales maps (11.4Mb PDF)
   Northern Territory maps (5.2Mb PDF)
   Queensland maps (6.9Mb PDF)
   South Australia maps (4.2Mb PDF)
   Tasmania maps (5.5Mb PDF)
   Victoria maps (9.4Mb PDF)
   Western Australia maps (5.4Mb PDF)
   Interjurisdictional area maps (10.7Mb PDF)

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Water Use

Water Account, Australia, 2004-05
ABS publication (ABS Cat. No. 4610.0) providing comprehensive assessment of supply and use of water in the Australian economy for 2004-05 (Released 28 November 2006).

Cover & Index – Water Account, Australia 2004-05 (1.9Mb PDF)
Chapter 1 – Introduction & main findings (3.1Mb PDF)
Chapter 2 – Water supply & use (1.7 Mb PDF)
Chapter 3 – Water supply, sewerage & drainage (0.9 Mb PDF)
Chapter 4 – Agriculture (3.9Mb PDF)
Chapter 5 – Mining & manufacturing (3.9Mb PDF)
Chapter 6 – Electricity generators (3.9Mb PDF)
Chapter 7 – Households (0.6Mb PDF)
Chapter 8 – Water access entitlements, allocations & trading (0.6Mb PDF)
Chapter 9a – Water stocks (4.6Mb PDF)
Chapter 9b – Water stocks (4.4Mb PDF)
Explanatory Notes & Abbreviations (0.4Mb PDF)
Appendix 1 – Climate conditions (2.3Mb PDF)
Appendix 2 – Environmental flows (0.2Mb PDF)
Appendix 3 – Australia’s drainage & river basins (3.0Mb PDF)
Glossary & Bibliography (0.3 Mb PDF)
Complete report (26Mb PDF)

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Water Access Entitlements, Allocations, and Trading, Australia, 2004-05
ABS publication (ABS Cat. No. 4610.0.55.003) presents data on the number of water access entitlements, the volume of water allocated to water access entitlements, and water trading in Australia in 2004-05 (Released 13 October 2006).

Part 1 – Tables (1.2Mb PDF)
Part 2 – Maps (18Mb PDF)
Part 3 – Glossary (0.2Mb PDF)

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Experimental Estimates of Regional Water Use, Australia 2004-05
ABS publication (ABS Cat. No. 4610.0.55.002) presents the method used to produce the experimental estimates of regional water consumption for water management areas during 2004-05, the associated explanatory material, and the final regional estimates (Released 14 December 2006).

Experimental Estimates of Regional Water Use, Australia 2004-05 (Report) (0.1Mb PDF)
Table of results (0.1Mb XLS)

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Water use on Australian Farms, 2004-05
Water Use on Australian Farms, 2004-05 (ABS Cat. No. 4618.0), published in July 2006 provides comprehensive data on the volume of water used for irrigation by crop type and area. Please note that the Water Account, Australia 2004-05, published in November 2006, also contains estimates of Agricultural water use, and that small differences in published data occur as a result of different data sources and compilation methodologies. The Water Account, Australia 2004-05 is the preferred source of data for Agricultural water use in the Australian economy. Water Use on Australian Farms, 2004-05 presents more spatial and crop detail on water use in the context of irrigation management and practices by the agricultural industry.

Water use on Australian Farms, 2004-05 (2.5Mb PDF)

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River and Wetland Health

A framework for comparative assessment of the ecological condition of Australian rivers and wetlands
New framework for assessment of river and wetland health that can be applied to surface water management areas to deliver a national overview – analyses data for six criteria: physical form, water quality, aquatic biota, hydrological disturbance, fringing zone, and catchment disturbance (Released July 2007).

A framework for comparative assessment of the ecological condition of Australian rivers and wetlands (1.8Mb PDF)

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Testing the framework
The framework for comparative assessment of ecological condition of rivers and wetlands was assessed by testing against existing data from Tasmania (using CFEV data) and Victoria (using Index of Stream Condition data) (Released July 2007).

Testing the framework (2Mb PDF)

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An Australian snapshot
For AWR 2005 results of three similar river health assessment programmes conducted since 2000 have been reviewed (Released July 2007).

An Australian Snapshot (2Mb PDF)

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Potential comparative indices for use within the assessment framework
Potential comparative indices are provided for use or as example for developing regionally relevant indices for use in the FAWRH (Released July 2007).
Potential comparative indices (0.9Mb PDF)

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Australian Water Resource Information System (AWRIS)

Executive overview
Provides an executive level overview of the AWRIS, including what AWRIS is, why it is needed, who will use it and why certain architectural decision have been made. It also describes the relationship between AWRIS and the AWR 2005 (Released July 2007).

Executive overview (0.1Mb PDF)

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User requirements
Presents user requirements for the Australian Water Resource Information System (AWRIS) obtained through consultation (Released July 2007)

AWRIS User Requirements (1.0Mb PDF)

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System architecture
A system architecture for the Australian Water Resource Information System (AWRIS) designed to meet user requirements (Released July 2007).

AWRIS System Architecture (4.1Mb PDF)

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Implementation and investment plan
An implementation and investment plan for the Australian Water Resource Information System (AWRIS) (Released July 2007).

AWRIS Implementation and Investment Plan (0.8Mb PDF)

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Discovery Phase Reports

Integrated Theme Discussion Paper
The Discovery Phase scoped the desired outputs of AWR 2005 and assessed the ways that it could be delivered.

Integrated Theme Discussion Paper (1Mb PDF)
Appendix A: Theme Report: Communications Matrix is included in the Integrated Theme Discussion paper
Appendix B Theme Report: Surface Water (1.3Mb PDF)
Appendix C Theme Report: Groundwater (1.2Mb PDF)
Appendix D Theme Report: River Health (1.1Mb PDF)
Appendix E Theme Report: Water Use (0.2Mb PDF)
Appendix F Theme Report: Information Architecture (1Mb PDF)
Integrated Theme Discussion Paper (with Appendices A - F) (6.1Mb PDF)

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This website was last updated in 2007. It is no longer being maintained but remains here as an archive for information.23/08/2007