Water accounting standards
The Water Act 2007 identified new functions for the Bureau of Meteorology in water accounting including compiling and maintaining the National Water Account and supporting the development of water accounting standards. The Water Accounting Standards Board Office oversees and coordinates all Australian water accounting standards development activities. The Bureau applies as far as practicable, the relevant standard to the production of the National Water Account.
Water Accounting Standards Board
The Water Accounting Standards Board is an independent advisory board to the Bureau of Meteorology. The Board, formed in 2009, works with the water industry to develop consistent standards for water accounting. It also provides advice to the Bureau and the National Water Account Committee on water accounting matters relevant to the National Water Account.
Water Accounting Conceptual Framework
The Water Accounting Conceptual Framework comprises a Preface and eight Statements of Water Accounting Concepts. The primary purpose of the Framework is to guide the development of Australian water accounting standards to ensure they remain cohesive and integrated. Water account preparers can draw on the Framework for principles based guidance in assisting the preparation and presentation of General Purpose Water Accounting Reports where the Australian water accounting standards are not sufficient for their requirements.
Australian Water Accounting Standard 1
The Australian Water Accounting Standard 1 was published by the Water Accounting Standards Board. It prescribes the basis for preparing and presenting a General Purpose Water Accounting Report including requirements for the recognition, quantification, presentation and disclosure of items.
The document also includes three appendices: a list of defined terms; illustrative guidance; and a basis for conclusions outlining the discussion and assumptions that informed its development.
A suite of illustrative water accounting reports has been compiled to demonstrate the presentation and disclosure requirements of the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1. These water accounting reports illustrate many of the principles in the standard but they should not be regarded as comprehensive checklist for the presentation and disclosure requirements.
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National Water Account and the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1
The preparation and presentation of the National Water Account is guided by the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1. The Water Accounting Policies Note and the Accountability Statement discloses significant interpretations of, and variations from, the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1.
The Australian water accounting standards will be developed and refined over time. Production of future National Water Account will be guided by the most recent standard.
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