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 Sustaina​ble Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program.

The $626 million On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program is 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 encompasses the New South Wales Murray, Victorian Murray, South Australian Murray, Campaspe, Murrumbidgee, Goulburn, Broken, Loddon and Lower Darling (south of Menindee Lakes) river catchments.

Funding

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Funding Update: July 2016

Figure One: Australian Government funding committed through the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program, for on ground works (as at June 2016).

Australian Government funding committed through the On Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program, for on ground works (as at June 2016). 

Figure Two: Australian Government funding committed by the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program, through delivery partners, for both on ground works and the administration of the programme (as at June 2016).

Australian Government funding committed through the On Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program, for on ground works (as at June 2016). 

The funding distribution between jurisdictions is 58% NSW, 33% Victoria and 9% SA. In order to bridge the gap to the sustainable diversion limits in the Basin Plan, only projects with eligible entitlements in eligible catchments were suitable for funding. The catchments and water entitlements have been specified in the Guidelines for each funding round. Please refer to the funding guidelines for each round for clarification of eligibility.

Please note these figures are subject to change, as Round Five applications are under assessment, and as approved projects are subject to change or withdraw due to changes in individual circumstances.

Figure Three: Total number of projects funded through the programme distributed by funding round

Total number of projects funded through the programme distributed by funding round 

Figure Four: Total number of projects funded through the programme distributed by jurisdiction

Total number of projects funded through the programme distributed by jurisdiction 

Figure Five: Total volume of water savings returned to the Australian Government in Rounds one to four and forecast to be returned in Round five (expressed in megalitres long term average yield).

Total volume of water savings returned to the Australian Government in Rounds one to four and forecast to be returned in Round five (expressed in megalitres long term average yield). 

Round 5 Update—Continuing assessment of applications

Assessment of applications completed to date has resulted in the following funding agreements being executed:

  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council - $3,410,680.00 (GST excl.)
  • CAF Consulting - $8,262,333.72 (GST excl.)
  • Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited - $9,305,820.00 (GST excl.)
  • Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia / Murray Consortium - $3,119,656.68 (GST excl.)
  • Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia / Murrumbidgee Consortium - $35,797,817.36 (GST excl.)
  • Waterfind Pty Ltd - $32,096,256.59 (GST excl.)

As funds remain available from the in-principle amount approved, further assessment is currently underway for the following projects:

  • APTRC – $14,917,500.00 (GST excl.)
  • CAF Consulting - $6,739,200.00 (GST excl.)
  • IEP – $12,554,798.00 (GST excl.)
  • Murray Irrigation Limited - $9,035,037.00 (GST excl.)
  • Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia / Murrumbidgee Consortium - $19,758,506.00 (GST excl.)
  • Waterfind - $20,072,486.00 (GST excl.)

Round 5 in-principle funding—closed 19 March 2015

On 5 August 2015, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment announced $263.5 million (GST excl.) of in-principle funding approval for seven projects from Round 5 of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program. This represents an increase in funding available for Round 5 from the previously announced amount of $125 million and brings the overall funding to $626 million.
Applicants who received in-principle funding:

  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council—$5 524 464 (GST excl.)
  • CAF Consulting—$60 000 341 (GST excl.)
  • Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited—$9 453 995 (GST excl.)
  • Murray Irrigation Limited—$20 006 196 (GST excl.)
  • Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia / Murray Consortium—$7 892 991 (GST excl.)
  • Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia / Murrumbidgee Consortium—$81 679 886 (GST excl.)
  • Waterfind Pty Ltd—$78,902,663 (GST excl.).

See Round 5 in-principle funding documents for detailed information.

Round 4 in-principle funding—closed 14 October 2013

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 4 of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program.
Applicants who received in-principle funding:

  • 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.).

See Round 4 in-principle funding documents for detailed information.

Round 3 in-principle funding—closed 26 July 2012

On 10 December 2012, the Minister for the Environment announced $100 million (GST excl.) of in-principle funding approval for five projects from Round 3 of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program.

Round 2 in-principle funding—closed 31 March 2011

On 7 July 2011, the Minister for the Environment announced $150 million (GST excl.) of in-principle funding approval for nine projects from Round 2 of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program.

Round 1 in-principle funding—closed 17 November 2009

On 19 March 2010, the Minister for the Environment announced $100 million (GST excl.) of in-principle funding approval for seven projects from Round 1 of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program.

Locations of projects

Maps showing the location of projects funded in Rounds 1–3 of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program:

Case studies

Further information

Contact us for more information on the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program.

Email form: Water Division
Phone: 1800 900 090