Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Special Seminar: Bureau of Meteorology

‘Improving Water Information Programme and the National Water Account’

Abstract:  The Bureau of Meteorology has a statutory responsibility for compiling and delivering water information across Australia under the Water Act 2007. In 2008, the Australian Government announced an investment programme to secure long-term water supply for all Australians. This includes the ‘Improving Water Information Programme’, being administered by the Bureau in collaboration with key stakeholders.

The wide range of water information products and services developed by the Bureau has national reach. This presentation will cover some of the key water information products, for example water data online, groundwater explorer, IFD information, water storage, streamflow forecast, and others.

An emphasis has been given on the annual National Water Account. This product provides a picture of water resources management for the previous financial year across ten significant water use regions. National Water Account discloses information on water resources, rights, availability, use, and trade for economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits. The National Water Account covers 75% of Australia’s population and represents 70–80% of Australia’s water use.



Sunil Dutta, acting Senior Water Accountant, National Water Account Unit

Sunil Dutta has been working at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology since 2012 in the area of water accounting. Sunil’s background is in catchment hydrology, water resources management, seasonal climate forecasting, town water supply and dam management, and mine water management. Before coming to Australia 20 years ago, Sunil worked as a faculty member in the Department of Irrigation and Water Management in Bangladesh Agricultural University, where he conducted several water management studies in addition to teaching of the graduate and undergraduate students of Agricultural Engineering.  Before joining the Bureau, Sunil worked at Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland Department of primary Industries, Gold Coast Water and Golder Associates undertaking researches related to seasonal climate forecasting, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, water allocation (IQQM) modelling.


Habibur Rahman, Water Accountant, National Water Account Unit

Habibur Rahman has been working with the Bureau of Metrology as a Water Accountant since September 2014. Habib’s background is in hydrological and hydraulic modelling, storm water and wastewater catchment planning, integrated catchment planning, flood management and planning, hydraulic pipe network design, and water resources management. Previously, Habib worked in New Zealand for 13 years and is experienced in both consulting and council environment. Habib had developed many catchment models for integrated catchment study for stormwater and wastewater. Habib had worked with Sir William Halcrow & Partners (UK), FAO Project (United Nation Based Organisation) and Mott MacDonald International Ltd (United Kingdom) for seven years as an Irrigation/Groundwater Engineer.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 21 October 2016
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room
  • Sunil Dutta

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