Water accounting

The National Water Initiative (NWI) is Australia's enduring blueprint for water reform. Through this initiative, governments across Australia have agreed on actions to achieve a more cohesive national approach to the way Australia manages, measures, plans for, prices, and trades water.

Australian Water Accounting Standard

The National Water Initiative identified the need for a consistent and standardised approach to water resource accounting, resulting in a decision to treat water accounting as a discipline comparable to that of financial accounting.

The Australian Water Accounting Standard 1 was developed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to define the structure for preparing and presenting a General Purpose Water Accounting Report. The document outlining the Australian Water Accounting Standard can be downloaded from Bureau of Meteorology.

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    NSW General Purpose Water Accounting Reports

    Annual water resource accounts produced under the Australian Water Accounting Standard 1.

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    Historical Available Water Determination data

    Downloadable spreadsheets of regulated river available water determination history.

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    Accounting Rules Summary

    Water accounting rules by licence category for each regulated water source.

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    Usage dashboard

    Historical water usage presented by basin, water source, river section, licence category.

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    Utilisation dashboard

    Historical water utilisation and activation rates by water source.