About Australian Water Resources Assessments
Australian Water Resources Assessment reports provide:
- scientifically robust analysis and interpretation of changes in Australia's water availability and use
- consistent reporting across the nation and over time, enabling spatial and temporal comparisons
- enhanced understanding of Australia's water resources unconstrained by jurisdictional boundaries.
The first Australian Water Resources Assessment (the 2010 Assessment) report by the Bureau is now available.
Australian Water Resources Assessment reports will be published regularly from 2011 by the Bureau of Meteorology.
What's in Australian Water Resources Assessment reports?
The reports highlight patterns, trends and variability in water quantity at regional to national scales and over time scales of months to decades. They monitor water flows and stores and publish statistics for key reference sites.
The 2010 Assessment consists of an introduction, a national overview of climate and water in Australia in 2009–10, 13 regional analyses and a technical supplement. A summary report is also available.
Why are we doing it?
Through the Water Act 2007, the Bureau of Meteorology has a statutory responsibility to provide regular reports on the status of Australia's water resources and how they are used.
Australian Water Resources Assessment reports will assist understanding of the impact of past and pressent water management practices and inform the design of water resource policies and plans, supporting the goals of the National Water Initiative.Read the Information Sheet (350KB) to find out more.