Scientific topics Groundwater

Last updated:7 June 2023

Groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is a vital resource for pastoral, agricultural and extractive industries. Learn more about the Great Artesian Basin

What is groundwater?

When rain falls, some of it flows across the surface of the land and accumulates in rivers, lakes, and eventually the ocean.

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Groundwater use

Groundwater is an important water source in Australia for a wide range of purposes.

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Groundwater in Australia

Groundwater is found in aquifers which are geological formations able to store and transmit water.

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Understanding groundwater resources

Groundwater resources support significant urban and rural communities around Australia.

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Great Artesian Basin

Groundwater from the GAB is a vital resource for pastoral, agricultural, extractive industries town water supply and springs - which support unique ecological communities.

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Australia's state and territory governments are responsible for the management of water resources, with coordination provided by the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council.

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Related organisations

Includes organisations from the Australian and state governments.

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Groundwater related datasets to download

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