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date: 19 September 2019

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Water use has reached the limits of sustainable water extraction in many areas of Australia. This chapter explores how water is currently used in Australian agriculture, the policy responses of governments and the likely policy and industry challenges over the coming decades. It also examines how water reform has facilitated sustainable agricultural production, encouraging the innovative use of scarce inputs. In Australia and elsewhere, climate change will force many agricultural producers to question whether their product mix is best suited to likely future climatic conditions. Public policy has a role to play in ensuring the farming sector understands these new risks to water resources and opportunities and options to manage them.

Keywords: agriculture, Australia, climate change, groundwater, irrigation, rainfed agriculture, surface water, water markets, water policy

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