Australian Water Resources Assessment 2010

The Australian Water Resources Assessment 2010 (2010 Assessment) report consists of an introduction, a national overview of climate and water in Australia in 2009–10 and analysis of climate and water conditions in 13 regions.

Key findings of the 2010 Assessment are presented as a Summary report.

Download the Summary report (3Mb)

You can download the full assessment:

2010 Assessment (high resolution) (58.8Mb)
2010 Assessment (low resolution) (17.5Mb)

Or separately as follows.


This chapter introduces the 2010 Assessment. It provides information on:

  • the background to the 2010 Assessment
  • the approach and methods used in the 2010 Assessment
  • the scope and purpose of the report
  • the focal questions of the report
  • terminology used
  • future Australian Water Resources Assessment reports

Download the Introduction (1.1Mb)

National overview

This chapter provides a national scale assessment of climate and landscape water flows and stores in 2009–10. It reports on:

  • modelled landscape water balance outputs including precipitation, evapotranspiration and landscape water yield
  • Australian climate drivers and their impact on precipitation
  • changes in storage in major reservoirs and modelled soil moisture by region
  • nationally significant precipitation and flood events experienced during the year.

Download the National Overview 2009–10 (3Mb)
Download the National Overview 2009–10 data and metadata (53.5MB)

Analysis by region

Trends in water availability and water use are assessed in 13 regions based on Australian drainage division boundaries. Analyses include:

  • impacts of climatic conditions on water resources in 2009–10 and over the 30 years between 1980 and 2010
  • regional analyses providing more detail at particular locations.

Browse the analyses by region.

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