Murray—Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program

​​​​​​​Latest outcomes from the Ministerial Council meeting on 14 December 2018

On 14 December 2018 the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council agreed to additional socio-economic criteria and the associated assessment to be adopted for the Program.

In accordance with clause 10(A)(n) of the Request for Tender (RFT 2018-29076) for the Murray-Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program 2018-2024 Delivery Partner Stream, and with clause 10(A)(m) of the Request for Tender (RFT 2018-29077) for the Murray-Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program 2018-2024 Project Partner Stream, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has cancelled these RFT processes.

The Department will refine aspects of the requirements that were outlined in both the Requests for Tender and will advise the market in due course of future actions in relation to the Murray-Darling Basin Water Infrastructure Program.

Tender Round 6 has been cancelled as of 9:15am (AEDT) 18 December 2018.

​​​​​Tenders open

No tenders are currently open.

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We recently sought your feedback on additional criteria for water efficiency projects. This included public meetings, a webinar and an online survey.

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The program

Further information about the program will be available in early 2019

Funding to upgrade water efficiency infrastructure in the Murray–Darling Basin.

Helping eligible water rights holders improve their water efficiency. To return more water to the Basin and meet our targets under the Basin Plan.

We will fund eligible projects aimed at saving water in the Murray–Darling Basin with neutral or positive social and economic impact.

You will:

  • return an agreed volume of water rights to the Australian Government
  • keep any extra water savings that the project generates.

Project funding is 1.75 times the current market value of the water rights you will transfer. Read more about how we value water rights.

Who can apply

You can apply as a project partner or a delivery partner.

A Project partner is:

  • an eligible water rights holder or their agent
  • with a project valued over $1 million.

A Delivery partner is:

  • an organisation, or local, state or territory government
  • who helps eligible water rights holders design and deliver their projects
  • Delivery partners can manage projects of any size.

Water rights holders with a project under $1 million must apply through a delivery partner. Find a delivery partner.

Water rights

Eligible water rights are:

  • rights to exclusive access to a share of the surface water resources of a water resource plan area or other water management area
  • able to be permanently traded, or transferred, to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder
  • free from encumbrances when the rights would be transferred
  • located within a water resource plan area identified in Basin Plan 2012 (Chapter 3, Part 2 s3.05)
  • owned by an Eligible Participant
  • suitable for use by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to achieve environmental benefits.

The most common eligible water right is a water access entitlement. For example, a South Australian River Murray Class 3a Water Access Entitlement.

Eligible Participants

An eligible participant is someone who owns a water right and is capable of transferring that water to the Commonwealth under a contract to do efficiency works to achieve water savings.

Eligible Activities

Projects must have neutral or positive socio-economic outcomes.

Projects must meet minimum water savings targets. These are:

  • 10ML for projects delivered by a delivery partner
  • 100ML for projects delivered by a project partner.

Delivery partners can seek approval for a 3ML target, only if water savings will be consolidated on their own licence and transferred in bulk.

There are 5 project streams. See examples of eligible activities in each stream

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Urban water efficiency projects

Includes:

Industrial water efficiency projects

Includes:

Off-farm projects

Includes:

Metering projects

Includes:

On-farm projects

Includes:

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Read our full list of eligible activities:

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Water valuation

Read more about how we value water rights.

Our approach will:

  • establish a market value for each eligible water right based on contemporary market prices
  • help you develop your project proposal and determine likely project funding level
  • inform our evaluation of project proposals (particularly value for money).

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Our policy on water valuation.

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Current delivery partners

We publish details of all approved delivery partners. These details will also be published on AusTender.

Approved projects

We will publish details of all approved projects. Contract details will also be published on AusTender.

Details will include:

  • name of the project owner
  • name of delivery partner (if applicable)
  • start date
  • end date
  • program stream
  • location
  • value of the project
  • water price per megalitre
  • volume of water (nominal)
  • volume of water (long term average annual yield).​

Questions

Please submit any questions about the MDBWIP or upcoming tender rounds to Procurement helpdesk. Telephone enquiries will not be taken.