Water Regulations 2008 – Metadata and contextual information requirements


The regulations incorporate by reference two documents that detail metadata and contextual information requirements:

  1. The Metadata and contextual information requirements document lists elements for subcategories except those in Category 7.
  2. The Urban Water Management Information Requirements document lists elements for subcategories in Category 7.

You must give your metadata in accordance with the relevant document (regulation 7.11). You give metadata at the same time as the subcategories of water information.

Over the past few years, the Bureau has progressively developed detailed element lists for each category of water information and added these lists to the incorporated documents.

The detailed lists do not change the regulations requirement for organisations to give all related metadata and contextual information, but they better define and constrain this general requirement. They make it clearer for data providers who must only give the elements listed for each subcategory.

The Bureau developed the detailed elements lists through industry consultation. We also developed supplementary material to help data providers understand the requirements. This material is available as explanatory notes

See also our metadata FAQ

Metadata and contextual information requirements: Document versions

We will notify organisations when we add new element lists to the incorporated documents. You are required to comply with the new lists within six months of that notification.

From 2 October 2017, the upcoming version 5 of the Metadata and Contextual Information Requirements document will replace version 4.1.

Upcoming document: Metadata and contextual information requirements-v5.pdf

Version Date of effect End date Notes
v5 2 Oct. 2017 Open Added detailed element list for Category 5

Current document: Metadata and contextual information requirements-v4.1.pdf

Version Date of effect End date Notes
v4.1 28 March 2017 1 Oct. 2017 Document revised to align with the changes in the Water Amendment (Water Information) Regulations 2017

Additional supplementary material can be found in the explanatory notes.

Superseded documents:

Version Date of effect End date Notes
v4 2 March 2017 27 March 2017 Added detailed element lists for
Category 4 and Category 9
v3 28 July 2015 1 March 2017 Added detailed element lists for Category 3 and Category 6
v2 28 November 2014 27 July 2015 Added detailed element lists for subcategories:
1a and 1b
2a, 2b and 2c
v1 28 February 2014 27 November 2014 Added element lists for new subcategories 2d and 2e
1, 2012 5 July 2012 27 February 2014 Contained generalised requirements moved from the body of the Regulations

More information

Read the Bureau's policy for Changing the Metadata and Contextual Information Requirements document. This policy conforms with a set of principles which we apply when maintaining and developing Part 7 of the Water Regulations.


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