The Great Artesian Basin: Water in the dry interior Teacher guide and lesson plans - Lower secondary


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012

How do we ensure that Australia's water use is sustainable?

In a dry arid country such as Australia, the Great Artesian Basin is a precious resource. In a time of projected reduced annual rainfall and frequent drought what do we need to do to ensure this water resource is secured for future generations and the diversity of our communities and ecosystems are sustained?

Teaching unit


The Great Artesian Basin: Water in the dry interior (PDF - 7.66 MB) | (DOCX - 1.98 MB)


Teacher guide


Implementing the water education resource (PDF - 2.11 MB) | (DOCX - 1.29 MB)

About the guide

This resource provides schools with curriculum lesson plans that focus on sustainable water use in a significant region of Australia.

The Great Artesian Basin: Water in the dry interior is one of four packages that provide teachers with lesson plans shaped around a series of investigations that enable students to examine the natural environment and contemporary issues relevant to that region.

These resources are based around the curriculum areas of science and geography and may be implemented by classroom teachers using an interdisciplinary approach or as a science or geography focus.

The other packages include: