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 standard is also accompanied by a series of model reports that illustrate how the standard would be applied to various hypothetical water reporting scenarios. The document can be downloaded from the Bureau of Meteorology website.

General Purpose Water Accounting Reports 2012-2013

General Purpose Water Accounting Reports for all Murray-Darling Basin regulated river catchments are listed below as they are produced:

General Purpose Water Accounting Reports 2011-2012

Previous General Purpose Water Accounting Reports for all Murray-Darling Basin regulated river catchments are listed below:

General Purpose Water Accounting Reports 2010-2011

General Purpose Water Accounting Reports 2009-2010

NSW Office of Water released General Purpose Water Accounting Reports for the valleys listed below. The reports were the first to be produced using the Draft Australian Water Accounting Standard.

General Purpose Water Accounting Reports – Supporting information