On 2 October 2020, the Australian Government announced an additional $50 million of funding for the expansion of the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme in 2020-2021.
The roll-out of the expanded Scheme is currently being negotiated with the Commonwealth, including co-funding arrangements.
Read Minister Littleproud and Minister Pitt’s joint announcement: $50 million boost to successful drought water infrastructure rebate.
As details for this additional funding are finalised, we will update the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme web page as more information is available.
The Australian and NSW Governments are offering a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently-needed on-farm water infrastructure that addresses animal welfare needs and improves resilience to drought. Farmers will be able to access a 25% rebate on new purchases and installation costs of water infrastructure projects on-farm across NSW to help them in the current drought and be better prepared for future dry conditions.
The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme can be applied to new purchases and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, de-silting dams, and associated power supplies such as generators.
Farmers will be eligible to apply through the NSW government for the rebates which will also cover eligible work undertaken since 1 July 2018.
The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme can be applied to costs incurred from 1st July 2018 for new purchases, and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, de-silting dams, and associated power supplies such as generators.
Your new infrastructure must:
- be for grazing livestock that you own (not agisted stock)
- be for a animal welfare need
- improve your drought resilience.
Your expenses must relate to:
- buying and installing
- water storage devices such as tanks and troughs associated with stock watering
- water pumps and associated electronic systems to manage water delivery
- desilting dams
- drilling new stock water bores and associated power supply such as generators.
Your expenses must occur in the same financial year as your claim. Purchases must be after 30 June 2018.
- a primary producer (as defined by your state or territory)
- a property owner, share farmer or lease holder
- in an area defined as drought affected (by your state or territory)
- in the grazing industry.