Water Matters - Issue 16

Budget 2012 edition

May 2012


This edition of Water Matters features the water initiatives covered in this year's Federal Government Budget.

Budget water initiatives

The Federal Government Budget provides an additional $350 million for investments to support water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Strategic Sub-System Reconfiguration Program

The Budget provides $200 million for the Strategic Sub-System Reconfiguration Program, a new four year initiative, which will achieve water savings through reconfiguring inefficient off-farm water delivery infrastructure where this is coupled with the purchase of water entitlements.

Proposals will be developed at a local community level involving infrastructure operators and their irrigation customers. The Program is being developed in consultation with key irrigation water providers and will be flexible to encourage projects which work for the particular circumstances of each irrigation district.

On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program

An additional $150 million is also being provided to the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program from 2012-13 to support individual farm infrastructure improvement projects, which will contribute to bridging the gap in the final Basin Plan.

Applications for the next round under the program will open soon and proposals will be sought from organisations in the southern connected Murray-Darling Basin system having close relationships with irrigator communities including irrigation infrastructure operators, catchment management authorities, commodity or agricultural industry groups, and regional irrigation bodies.

The press statement made by Tony Burke, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities is available at:


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