Taxation of Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Grants
MACHINERY OF GOVERNMENT CHANGES
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.
Amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (the Act) commenced on 28 June 2013.
The amendments to the Act allow recipients of payments from eligible Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program (SRWUIP) programs, to choose to make water infrastructure improvement payments non-assessable non-exempt (NANE) income, with expenditures matched by those payments non-deductible and to disregard any capital gain or loss from related transfers of water rights.
SRWUIP recipients should seek professional legal or accounting advice in applying the amendments to their individual circumstances. For more information relating to this tax measure, please visit the ATO website.
Whether or not taxpayers can make a choice affecting the tax treatment of amounts derived and expenditure incurred for a particular program depends on whether the program is a SRWUIP program listed on this website.
Under section 59-70 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, the programs listed in the table below are considered eligible programs for the days set out in the table.
|Eligible program||Eligibility start date||Eligibility end date|
|Queensland Healthy Headwaters Water Use Efficiency Program||1 April 2010|
|New South Wales Irrigation Farm Modernisation Pilot Program||1 April 2010|
|New South Wales Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program||9 April 2010|
|Private Irrigation Infrastructure Program for South Australia||1 April 2010|
|On Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program||1 April 2010|
|Gascoyne Pipeline||28 June 2010|
|Irrigator Led Group Proposal Program (Infrastructure removal component)||4 February 2011|
|Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Program - Stage 2||1 November 2010|
|Strategic Subsystem Reconfiguration (Infrastructure removal and reconfiguration component)||1 November 2012|
|New South Wales Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program||7 December 2011|
|Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Program - On Farm||17 October 2011|
|Victorian Farm Modernisation Project||26 July 2013|
|Sunraysia Modernisation Project||28 October 2013|