Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program

​​​​The Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program (SRWUIP) is a national programme investing in rural water use, management and efficiency, including improved water knowledge and market reform, and water purchase for the environment.

SRWUIP is the key mechanism to ‘bridge the gap’ to the sustainable diversion limits (SDLs) under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and consists of 3 main components:

  • irrigation infrastructure projects
  • water purchase measures
  • supply measures.

The majority of SRWUIP infrastructure funds are committed to projects in the Murray-Darling Basin for improving the operation of off-farm delivery systems and helping irrigators improve on-farm water use efficiency. The water savings generated from these projects are shared between the Australian governments for environmental use, and irrigators for consumptive use.

SRWUIP investments include:

  • planning, investigations and project design
  • works on off-farm irrigation systems
  • works on farms to improve water use efficiency
  • works to improve ecological health and restore natural flows
  • water saving municipal projects
  • water purchase through the Commonwealth purchasing program
  • environmental works and changes to river operations that enable the same environmental outcomes to be achieved with less water.​

Current projects funded or partly funded under the program

Infrastructure projects in the Murray-Darling Basin

State Priority projects

  • Australian Capital Territory State Priority Project (ACT Healthy Waterways)
  • Coorong, Lower Lake and Murray Mouth Recovery Project
  • Goulburn Murray Water Connections project Stage 2 (formerly Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal project Stage 2)
  • NVIRP 2—On-Farm project
  • Sunraysia
  • NSW State Priority projects
  • Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program in New South Wales
  • Private Irrigation Infrastructure Program in South Australia
  • Queensland Coal Seam Gas Water Feasibility Study
  • Queensland Healthy HeadWaters Water Use Efficiency Project
  • South Australia Riverine Recovery Project
  • South Australian River Murray Improvements Program - Preparation of business case

On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program

Victorian Farm Modernisation project

Irrigator Led Group Proposals

Menindee Lakes project

Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program

Water purchase in the Murray-Darling Basin

Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin

Supply measures in the Murray-Darling Basin

Environmental Works and Measures Feasibility Programme

Other projects

Supporting more efficient irrigation in Tasmania

Environmental Water Knowledge and Research project

Upgrade of meter test facilities for non-urban water metering

See also:

Taxation of Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure grants

Amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 commenced on 28 June 2013.

The amendments to the Act allow recipients of payments from eligible SRWUIP projects, 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, see 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 programme is listed under SRWUIP.

Programmes under the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program (SRWUIP) eligible for the days listed under sections 59 to 70 of the Income Ta​x Assessment Act 1997
Eligible program

Eligibility start date

Eligibility end date

Queensland Healthy Headwaters Water Use Efficiency Program

1 Apr 2010

New South Wales Irrigation Farm Modernisation Pilot Program

1 Apr 2010

New South Wales Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program

9 Apr 2010

Private Irrigation Infrastructure Program for South Australia

1 Apr 2010

On Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program

1 Apr 2010

Gascoyne Pipeline

28 Jun 2010

Irrigator Led Group Proposal Program (infrastructure removal component)

4 Feb 2011

Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Program—Stage 2

1 Nov 2010

Strategic Subsystem Reconfiguration (infrastructure removal and reconfiguration component)

1 Nov 2012

New South Wales Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation Program

7 Dec 2011

Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Program—On Farm

17 Oct 2011

Victorian Farm Modernisation project

26 Jul 2013

Sunraysia Modernisation project

28 Oct 2013

See also water programmes in: