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Water statistics are currently of keen interest to Australia's governments, academics and the general public. A range of agencies are involved in compiling water statistics and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is one of these. To date the ABS has released two Water Accounts, which provide state level information on the supply and use of water in the Australian economy. The ABS Water Account has been useful at a macro level. However as it only provides state level data, it is of limited use in regional planning and decision-making. Demand exists for regional information at finer spatial boundaries than the state level and at boundaries the ABS does not typically use in the design or output of its surveys.
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