National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility

​​​​​​​​​Expressions of Interest for water infrastructure construction through the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility are now open.

The $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility is available to provide state and territory governments with concessional loans to co-fund the construction of water infrastructure. The loans are available through the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

The National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility is designed to assist state and territory governments co-invest in vital water infrastructure. Funding aims to accelerate the construction of major water infrastructure projects such as dams, weirs, pipelines and managed aquifer recharge projects to provide affordable and secure water supplies to support the growth of regional economies and communities across Australia.

Eligibility

Access to loans is subject to eligibility criteria, including that state and territory governments and their project partners can demonstrate that:

  • the proposed water infrastructure is economically viable over its proposed operational life
  • water resources are managed in accordance with the principles of the National Water Initiative.

Eligibility for loans is restricted to state and territory governments. EOIs must have the written support of the state minister responsible for water.

Dates for Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for water infrastructure construction by state and territory governments through the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility.

EOIs will be accepted continuously until all loan funds are committed.

  • EOIs received by 3pm AEDT 16 March 2017 are now being assessed for funding.
  • EOIs received after this time and date but before 3pm AEST 17 August 2017 will be assessed for funding prior to 1 November 2017.

The department may alter the above dates for this application process at its absolute discretion. Future assessment dates will be notified via the website. State and territory governments will be informed by the Facility team of any changes to the assessment dates.

Apply for a loan

Only state and territory governments may apply for a loan.​

Before you apply:

  • read the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility Investment Guidelines

States may request a copy of the standard loan agreement from the department by emailing Water Infrastructure.

Download

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National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility Investment Guidelines  PDF 12312 KB
National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility Investment Guidelines  DOCX 12132 KB

When you are ready to apply for a loan:

If your EOI, including attachments, is under 20 MB, please email it to Water Infrastructure. If it is over 20 MB, please contact the department via this email to arrange lodgment of your submission.

Download application form

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Expression of Interest National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility DOCX10136 KB

For more information or if you have any questions call 1800 900 090 or email Water Infrastructure.

Please check this web page regularly for updates about the loan facility. We will publish frequently asked questions and answers about this process to make sure all potential applicants have access to the same information.

Frequently asked questions​

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Can I apply for both a loan from the facility and capital funding from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund?

Yes, provided funding is available under both programmes. Please use the loan application form to submit one proposal under both programmes.

For further information on eligibility requirements, please refer to both the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility investment guidelines and the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund capital component guidelines.

Must I have received funding for construction under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund to be eligible for a loan to build water infrastructure?

No. To be eligible to apply for a water infrastructure loan, you do not have to have received funding through the capital component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

You can apply for both programmes if funding is available. For further information on eligibility requirements, please refer to both the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility investment guidelines and the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund capital component guidelines.

Please use the loan application form to submit one proposal under both programmes.

Must I have received funds for a feasibility study under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund to be eligible for a loan to build water infrastructure?

No. To be eligible to apply for a water infrastructure loan, you do not have to have received funding through the feasibility component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

How much will the Australian Government contribute?

Australian Government contributions from all sources will not exceed 49% of the total cost of the proposed project. Ineligible activities and in-kind contributions cannot be counted toward any project partner contribution to the total project cost.

If you are applying for funding under both the loan facility and the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, the Australian Government cap of 49% applies.

For further information on eligibility requirements, please refer to both the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility investment guidelines and the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund capital component guidelines.

What types of projects are eligible?

This funding is for construction of major water infrastructure—including but not limited to dams, weirs, pipelines, managed groundwater recharge and water treatment and reuse schemes—that has a total construction cost of more than $100 million.

Please see Schedule 1 of the investment guidelines for further information on eligible and ineligible activities. Ineligible activities and in-kind contributions cannot be counted toward any project partner contribution to the total project cost.

Is there a minimum loan amount?

Yes. The minimum amount that the Commonwealth will provide as a concessional loan is $50 million.

Background

The $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility was announced as part of the 2016–17 Federal Budget.

Loans will be provided at the best concessional rate that the Commonwealth can provide. The maximum period of a loan may be up to 15 years. Loans may be structured to provide an interest only repayment period of up to five years with a further period of ten years to fully repay the loan principal and interest.

The National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility is in addition to and will complement the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund—a key measure of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. Only state and territory governments can access these programmes.

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