Water programmes in the Murray-Darling Basin

​​​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 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 analysis report is to be completed by December 2017. The terms of reference are attached below.

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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 programme. 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 programme 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 programme provides:

  • $80 million for irrigation efficiency im​provements
  • $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 programme 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 programme is designed to run until 2024 and is additional to existing programmes under the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program (SRWUIP).

A series of pilots is proposed to commence in 2015–16.

See Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency (COFFIE) Program for details.

Regional water programmes

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