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4618.0 - Water Use on Australian Farms, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/06/2012   
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  • New South Wales irrigated the greatest area of land with 674,000 hectares, or 34% of the national agricultural land irrigated. Victoria irrigated 25% of the national total (487,000 hectares) and Queensland irrigated 24% (475,000 hectares).
  • In 2010-11, New South Wales was the largest user of water for irrigation at 2,746 gigalitres, followed by Queensland at 1,694 gigalitres. Together these two states used around two-thirds of the irrigation water used in Australia.
  • The national application rate was 3.4ML/ha, with Western Australia having the highest rate at 4.6 ML/ha.
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