Water Efficiency Program
The Water Efficiency Program funds urban, industrial, off-farm, on-farm and metering infrastructure projects across the Murray-Darling Basin. Water savings from these projects will contribute to ‘bridge the gap’ to the sustainable diversion limits and the 450 GL of efficiency measures required under the Basin Plan with neutral or positive social and economic impacts. See Water Efficiency Program for details.
Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program
The Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program (SRWUIP) is a national program 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 under the Murray Darling Basin Plan. See
Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program for details.
Efficiency Measures Review
The Murray–Darling Basin Ministerial Council met in Mildura on 17 March 2017 and agreed to the terms of reference for an independent analysis of efficiency measures to ensure neutral or improved socio-economic outcomes. The independent analysis was carried out by Ernst & Young and delivered to the Ministerial Council on 21 December 2017. The analysis considered opportunities to recover 450GL in additional environmental water through efficiency measures by 2024, with neutral or positive socio-economic impacts. Ernst & Young drew on the extensive knowledge and experience of an Advisory Panel, and engaged extensively with stakeholders across the Basin to prepare the report. The link to the report is attached below.
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The report meeting these Terms of Reference was provided to the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council on 22 December 2017 and
published by the Council on 19 January 2018.
South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program
The Australian Government has committed funding of up to $265 million, under two National Partnership Agreements, to the South Australian Government to undertake delivery of the program. Copies of the National Partnership Agreements are located via:
Standing Council on Federal Financial Relations.
The South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program is administered by the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions. The program aims to increase the efficiency and productivity of South Australian businesses, and secure and return 36 GL of long-term annual average yield ‘gap bridging’ water to the Commonwealth for environmental water use.
The program provides:
- $80 million for irrigation efficiency improvements
- $40 million for a South Australian water purchase program
- $120 million for irrigation industry assistance
- $25 million for regional economic development.
All enquiries about the program should be directed to the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions. See
South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program for details.
Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency Program
The Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency (COFFIE) Program assists irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin to modernise their on-farm irrigation infrastructure while returning water savings to the environment.
The program is designed to run until 2024 and is additional to existing programs under the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program (SRWUIP).
A series of pilots is proposed to commence in 2015–16.
Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency (COFFIE) Program for details.
Regional water programs