This publication presents estimates of agricultural water use, including pastures and crops irrigated, irrigation water sources, irrigation methods, irrigation water management and irrigation expenditure and assets. Data are available for a range of sub-state geographic levels, including Natural Resource Management (NRM) region, Statistical Division (SD) and Murray-Darling Basin (MDB). The data are based on a response rate of 88% from a sample of approximately 38 thousand agricultural businesses selected for the 2008-09 Agricultural Survey.
Climatic conditions affect both the availability of water for irrigation and the need to irrigate in order to supplement rainfall. Information from the Bureau of Meteorology outlining climatic conditions over the period July 2008 to June 2009 are presented as an appendix to assist in interpreting the data in this publication.
Further data from the 2008-09 Agricultural Survey collection are available in Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0).
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The 2008-09 Agricultural Survey collected a greater range of agricultural commodities and livestock breakdowns than was collected in the 2007-08 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). In addition, some irrigation crop categories have been altered. More information is available in the Explanatory Notes or upon request.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.