Explanatory notes for metadata and contextual information requirements

The Bureau has developed supplementary material to help data providers understand the requirements in the detailed metadata and contextual information element lists. This material is available in the form of explanatory notes and diagrams.

The explanatory notes include:

  • common elements for the category of data – must be given for each subcategory
  • subcategory specific elements – must be given for specified subcategories in addition to the common elements
  • overview of metadata element diagrams.

For each metadata element, the explanatory notes provide:

  • a description of the metadata and contextual information element
  • supplementary information about the element
  • relevant examples.

See also our metadata FAQ.

The following supplementary material is available for download:

Data category Subcategories covered Download
1 – Surface water resource information 1a and 1b
2 – Ground water resource information 2a and 2b
3 – Water storage information 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3da, 3e and 3f
4 – Meteorological information 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i and 4j
5 – Water use information 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 5g and 5h
6 – Information about water rights, allocations and trades 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, 6f and 6g
7 – Information about urban water management 7a, 7b, 7c, and 7d
8 – Information about water restrictions 8a
9 – Water quality information 9a, 9b, 9c, 9d, 9e, 9f, 9g, 9ga and 9h
11 – Water information for flood warning purposes 11a, 11b and 11c


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