The Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program will provide up to $20 million of funding over 4 years for economic development projects that support communities most impacted by water recovery under the Basin Plan. Funding for economic development projects will assist eligible communities to develop their economies, increase job opportunities and enhance their resilience to manage current and future economic challenges.
This program is part of a
package of initiatives to support implementation of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan.
Communities eligible for funding under this program are listed alphabetically. Click on each link for a detailed map showing the community eligible for funding. If you are having trouble accessing these maps, contact us for help.
Berri, SA (southern Basin) PDF [891 KB, 1 page]
Cobdogla-Barmera, SA (southern Basin) PDF [981 KB, 1 page]
Colignan, VIC/NSW (southern Basin) PDF [749 KB, 1 page
Collarenebri, NSW (northern Basin) PDF [820 KB, 1 page]
Cunnamulla, QLD (northern Basin)1 PDF [852 KB, 1 page]
Dirranbandi, QLD (northern Basin) PDF [802 KB, 1 page]
Loxton, SA (southern Basin) PDF [891 KB, 1 page]
Lower Lakes, SA (southern Basin) PDF [832 KB, 1 page]
Merbein, VIC (southern Basin) PDF [749 KB, 1 page]
Red Cliffs, VIC (southern Basin) PDF [749 KB, 1 page]
Rochester, VIC (southern Basin) PDF [997 KB, 1 page]
St George, QLD (northern Basin) PDF [802 KB, 1 page]
Swan Reach, SA (southern Basin) PDF [811 KB, 1 page]
Wakool, NSW (southern Basin) PDF [1.69 MB, 1 page]
Warren, NSW (northern Basin) PDF [1.97 MB, 1 page]
How communities were selected
Communities selected for funding under this program are those where economic conditions have been most impacted by water recovery under the Basin Plan. We considered a range of information to identify these communities, including research by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).
Read MDBA’s research, including detailed profiles of individual communities1, on their website:
1Note: MDBA community profile not available for Cunnamulla. The department identified the community of Cunnamulla as eligible for support due to water recovery that occurred after the MDBA research, as well as its remote and rural nature as specified in the Basin commitments package.
To be eligible to put forward a project proposal you must be one of the following types of entities:
- local government
- Indigenous corporation
- incorporated association.
You must also:
- be a not-for-profit organisation
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN), or be willing to obtain one before the grant agreement is executed
- have an account with an Australian financial institution.
Organisations that do not fall into one of these categories will be able to partner with eligible organisations to put forward project proposals. In addition to this program there are other funding opportunities to improve
water access for Indigenous people in the Murray–Darling Basin.
- be for the benefit of an eligible community
- seek to stimulate economic activity and growth, to address the effects of Basin Plan water recovery activities on the community
- have demonstrated support from the community
- link to relevant local economic development strategies
- comply with the ‘Grant Opportunity Guidelines’ published on
Community Grants Hub.
How to apply
This program is open for application on the Australian Government’s
Community Grants Hub website. Please refer to this site for all information and documents regarding the application process.
Other opportunities for support
While this program is focused on assisting 15 communities, there are other state and federal government programs designed to assist communities more broadly. For information on other Australian Government grants programs visit
GrantConnect. In addition to this program there are other funding opportunities to improve water access for Indigenous people in the Murray–Darling Basin.
For questions about the program, contact us at
For questions about the grants application process, contact the Community Grants Hub on 1800 020 283 or
This information is also available in a factsheet, available to download below.
If you have difficulty accessing these files, visit web accessibility for assistance.