Management of groundwater resources in Australia: accountability

Edward Tello-Melendez

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


This paper explores whether the potential application of Standardised Water Accounting (SWA), reflected in the Exposure Draft of Australian Water Accounting Standard 1 (ED AWAS 1), to report on groundwater resources will enhance the practice and accountability of groundwater managers. Effective and efficient water management is an essential element in alleviating water crises caused by misuse of water resources, and groundwater management poses many unique challenges. The paper develops theoretical framework of accountability in three main components: transparency, controlled relationship and power, drawing on the work of Gray et al. (1996), Roberts (2009), Shaoul et al. (2012) and among others.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (24th : 2012) - St Andrews, Scotland
Duration: 3 Sep 20125 Sep 2012


ConferenceInternational Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (24th : 2012)
CitySt Andrews, Scotland


  • water
  • groundwater
  • water accounting
  • social and environmental accounting
  • Australia


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