Rural land uses and water quality (historical guidelines)

​​​​​These historical guidelines were developed under the National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) and are available for information purposes only. Information presented in these guidelines may be outdated and may not represent currently recommended management practices. You are advised to contact your relevant jurisdictional agency for advice. There are currently no plans in place to update historical guidelines.

Publication details

Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand & Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 2000.

The majority of Australia’s water resources are located and used in rural environments. Availability of water has influenced the distribution of population and land use patterns, including agricultural and industrial development.

The Rural Land Uses and Water Quality guidelines provide:

  • background information on a number of the principal issues that affect water quality in rural environments
  • a summary of useful resource material for individuals, agencies, community groups and organisations with an interest in natural resource management.

These guidelines are part of the National Water Quality Management Strategy​.


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Rural Land Uses and Water Quality: A Community Resource Document 52 3.89 ​MB

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