Who is eligible for funding under the program?
The program is open to individuals and entities in the irrigation, urban and manufacturing sectors across the Murray Darling Basin for projects that will achieve water efficiencies and return water to the environment.
Visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website for more information.
What types of off-farm projects are eligible for funding?
The following types of projects are eligible to apply for funding under the program:
- Irrigation networks: installing new, or upgrading existing, irrigation infrastructure and technology in water delivery networks to supply water to irrigators, including permanently decommissioning inefficient or underused sections of a water delivery network
- Industrial or mining: constructing, replacing, upgrading, installing, improving, or refurbishing industrial water uses, including reducing leakage, for the purpose of using water for producing goods and services
- Urban: constructing, replacing, upgrading, installing, improving, or refurbishing urban water supply arrangements, including reducing leakage for the purpose of urban water supply
- Stock and domestic: improving stock and domestic water supply on one or more properties for the purpose of watering stock and supplying water for human use.
How we can help?
Water Infrastructure NSW will work with applicants to develop water efficiency concepts into project proposals that can be considered for funding by the Australian Government. This may range from expert advice and coordination, through to on-ground support with application development and management of projects.
All applications will require a ‘letter of support’ from the NSW Government to accompany applications to the Australian Government. The NSW Government will convene an expert panel to evaluate applications against the Australian Government’s socio-economic criteria.
NSW-supported applications will be submitted to the Australian Government. The outcomes of the NSW Government’s review will form part of the application. The Australian Government will then assess the application and make a recommendation to the Minister for Resources and Water on whether to provide funding for the project.
Have your say
It is expected that proponents have previously completed comprehensive community engagement as part of project development.
The 'have your say' process is open to all individuals and organisations that have an interest in the proposed project. The department will publish the socio-economic information of each project on this webpage and provide an opportunity for comment through either a feedback form or submission. Submissions will be shared with the project proponent and may be posted publicly on this page.
A report will be prepared to summarise the feedback received. This report will be provided to the expert panel as part of the NSW Government review process and may also be made publicly available on the department’s website.
Summary of project proposals
|Project||Community feedback||Status||Project documents||Community submissions||NSW Government documents|
|Murrumbidgee Irrigation automation finalisation||Submissions closed Sunday 3rd October 2021||Federal Government funding approved 17 January 2022||Proposal of Murrumbidgee Irrigation automation finalisation (PDF, 1386.35 KB)|