On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program

The Australian Government is working to improve the efficiency and productivity of on farm irrigation water use and management. The On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program is part of the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program.

The $575 million On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (the Programme) is aimed at assisting irrigators within the southern connected system of the Murray-Darling Basin to modernise their on-farm irrigation infrastructure while returning water savings to the environment. The southern connected system for the programme will encompass the New South Wales Murray, Victorian Murray, South Australian Murray, Campaspe, Murrumbidgee, Goulburn, Broken, Loddon and the Lower Darling (south of Menindee Lakes) river catchments.

Funding

  • Round One closed 17 November 2009
  • Round Two closed 31 March 2011
  • Round Three closed 26 July 2012
  • Round Four closed 14 October 2013

Round Five

On 24 November 2014 the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and the NSW Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water announced that Round Five of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program is now open for applications within New South Wales.

Round Four In-Principle Funding

On 1 April 2014 the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment announced $158 million (GST excl.) of in-principle funding approval for six projects from Round Four of the programme.

Applicants who received in-principle funding are:

  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council – $11,544,080 (GST excl.)
  • Irrigation Efficiency Partners Pty Ltd - $42,406,620 (GST excl.)
  • Murray Irrigation Limited – $29,183,697 (GST excl.)
  • Ricegrowers' Association of Australia Inc (Murray Consortium) - $280,800 (GST excl.) - withdrawn by Delivery Partner
  • South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board - $41,955,767 (GST excl.)
  • Waterfind Pty Ltd - $32,629,036 (GST excl.)

Funding Agreements signed

  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc – $11,544,079 (GST excl.) - signed 18 September 2014
  • Irrigation Efficiency Partners Pty Ltd – $31,198,008.54 (GST excl.) - signed 30 October 2014

In accordance with the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines, June 2013 (s.5.3), when a Funding Agreement is varied and involves additional payments of public money, this will be reported within 14 days after the varied Funding Agreement takes effect through the department's List of grants let by the Department of the Environment.

Note that the additional payment of public money is not in excess of (or does not exceed) the original in-principle funding amount announced by the Minister.

Round Three In-Principle Funding

On 10 December 2012 the Minister announced $100 million (GST excl.) of in-principle funding approval for five projects from Round Three of the programme.

Applicants who received in-principle funding approval are:

  • Fruit Growers Victoria Limited - $5,505,000 (GST excl.)
  • Irrigation Efficiency Partners Pty Ltd - $14,811,371 (GST excl.)
  • Ricegrowers' Association of Australia - $29,618,253 (GST excl.)
  • South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board - $36,541,238 (GST excl.)
  • Waterfind Pty Ltd - $13,524,138 (GST excl.)

Funding agreements signed

  • Irrigation Efficiency Partners Pty Ltd - $9,088,061 (GST excl.) - signed 26 August 2013
  • Waterfind Pty Ltd - $10,934,115 (GST excl.) - signed 16 August 2013
  • Rice Growers Australia - $25,641,564 (GST excl.) - signed 13 September 2013
  • Fruit Growers Victoria Limited - $4,161,387 (GST excl.) - signed 19 September 2013
  • South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board - $30,968,608.55 (GST excl) - signed 15 November 2013

In accordance with the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines, June 2013 (s.5.3), when a Funding Agreement is varied and involves additional payments of public money, this will be reported within 14 days after the varied Funding Agreement takes effect through the department's List of grants let by the Department of the Environment.

Note that the additional payment of public money is not in excess of (or does not exceed) the original in-principle funding amount announced by the Minister.

Round Two In-Principle Funding

On 7 July 2011 the Minister announced $150 million (GST excl.) of in-principle funding approval for nine projects from Round Two of the programme.

Applicants who received in-principle funding approval are:

  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc. - $23,133,000 (GST excl.)
  • Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd - $6,370,000 (GST excl.)
  • Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority - $25,108,000 (GST excl.)
  • Irrigation Efficiency Partners Pty Ltd - $32,291,000 (GST excl.)
  • Lachlan Catchment Management Authority - $2,296,000 (GST excl.)
  • Murray Irrigation Ltd - $34,820,000 (GST excl.)
  • Northern Victorian Fresh Tomato Industry Development Committee - $4,635,000 (GST excl.)
  • Ricegrowers' Association of Australia - $7,846,000 (GST excl.)
  • South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board - $13,501,000 (GST excl.)

Funding agreements signed

  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc – $20,791,358 (GST excl.) – signed 30 April 2012
  • Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd - $5,070,552 (GST excl.) – signed 26 April 2012
  • Murray Irrigation Ltd - $33,142,958 (GST excl.) – signed 19 April 2012
  • Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority - $22,206,788 (GST excl.) - signed on 2 March 2012
  • Irrigation Efficiency Partners Pty Ltd - $16,906,542 (GST excl.) - signed on 8 March 2012
  • Lachlan Catchment Management Authority - $2,292,840 (GST excl.) - signed on 16 March 2012
  • Ricegrowers' Association of Australia - $5,526,526 (GST excl.) - signed on 21 March 2012
  • South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board - $12,497,358 (GST excl.) - signed on 8 June 2012
  • Northern Victorian Fresh Tomato Industry Development Committee - $3,429,900 (GST excl.) - signed on 7 September 2012

In accordance with the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines, June 2013 (s.5.3), when a Funding Agreement is varied and involves additional payments of public money, this will be reported within 14 days after the varied Funding Agreement takes effect through the department's List of grants let by the Department of the Environment.

Note that the additional payment of public money is not in excess of (or does not exceed) the original in-principle funding amount announced by the Minister.

Round One In-Principle Funding

On 19 March 2010 the Minister announced $100 million (GST excl.) of in-principle funding approval for seven projects from Round One of the programme.

Applicants who received in-principle funding approval are:

  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc - $11,710,000 (GST excl.)
  • Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority - $25,820,000 (GST excl.)
  • Lachlan Catchment Management Authority - $3,846,000 (GST excl.)
  • Murray Irrigation Limited - $32,786,000 (GST excl.)
  • Ricegrowers Association of Australia - $24,179,000 (GST excl.)
  • South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management - $1,659,000 (GST excl.)

Funding agreements signed

  • Lachlan Catchment Management Authority - $3,663,039 (GST excl.) - signed on 4 April 2011
  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council Inc - $11,710,000 (GST excl.) - signed on 3 August 2010
  • South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board - $1,554,480 (GST excl.) - signed on 6 September 2010
  • Ricegrowers' Association of Australia Inc (Murray Consortium) - $3,442,770 (GST excl.) - signed on 14 October 2010
  • Ricegrowers' Association of Australia Inc (Murrumbidgee Consortium) - $14,985,466 (GST excl.) - signed on 25 October 2010
  • Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority - $20,937,270 (GST excl.) - signed on 12 November 2010
  • Murray Irrigation Limited - $30,845,735 (GST excl.) - signed on 6 December 2010.

In accordance with the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines, June 2013 (s.5.3), when a Funding Agreement is varied and involves additional payments of public money, this will be reported within 14 days after the varied Funding Agreement takes effect through the department's List of grants let by the Department of the Environment.

Note that the additional payment of public money is not in excess of (or does not exceed) the original in-principle funding amount announced by the Minister.

Maps

Maps showing the location of projects funded through the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program:

Round 1 (PDF - 2.54 MB)

Round 2 (PDF - 2.63 MB)

Round 3 (PDF - 2.47 MB)

Combined Rounds 1, 2 and 3 by sub-project and catchment (PDF - 2.59 MB)

Case studies

Round One

Enquiries

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On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program
Water Efficiency Division
Australian Government Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601