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Learning Framework


  • Environment - study of water
  • Place - study of liveability


Students inquire into the nature of water as a natural resource and investigate the liveability of their own place. 


  • Analysing and evaluating

Resource Key

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brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)

provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)


Background information

Water Resources

Water is essential for human survival and well-being and important to many sectors of the economy. However, resources are irregularly distributed in space and time, and they are under pressure due to human activity.


This short video summarises the value of Geoscience Australia's work to manage, secure and sustain water resources for the nation. The video is from a series of six movies produced to demonstrate Geoscience Australia's value to the nation. Further information about the agency's work in this area can be found at


  What is a water footprint?
The water footprint measures the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services we use. It can be measured for a single process, such as growing rice, for a product, such as a pair of jeans, for the fuel we put in our car, or for an entire multi-national company. The water footprint can also tell us how much water is being consumed by a particular country – or globally – in a specific river basin or from an aquifer.

Key terms

Compiled and created by Luciana Cavallaro November 2021 | Updated 14 Mar 2023