On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

​​​​​​​Rebates for on-farm water infrastructure expenses. Helping primary producers in drought-affected areas.

$50 million over 3 years. Starting in 2018-19 financial year.

Access rebates

State and territory governments will administer and deliver the rebates.

Who can apply

You must be:

  • 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.

Eligible expenses

Your new infrastructure must:

  • be for grazing livestock that you own (not agisted stock)
  • be for an animal welfare need
  • improve your drought resilience.

Your expenses must relate to:

  • buying and installing
    • pipes
    • 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.

Rebates will be 25 per cent of the costs for eligible expenses or up to a maximum amount agreed by the implementing state. Purchases must be made after 30 June 2018.


Improving on-farm water supply will:

  • address animal welfare needs
  • help primary producers to be more resilient for future droughts
  • increase productivity for primary producers
  • mitigate degradation of natural watering points.

Great Artesian Basin Water Balance

On 18 December 2018 Minister Littleproud announced $6.5million in funding for Geoscience Australia to develop a water balance for the Great Artesian Basin.

The project will use supercomputers and satellite technology to better understand how water enters the Basin from rainfall, how it is used and how much is held in storage.

This will support the long term social, economic and environmental outcomes being achieved in the Basin.

Geoscience Australia will lead on implementing the project, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Basin jurisdictions.

More funding

You may also be eligible to apply for funding through the Water Efficiency Program.

Funding for on-farm projects in the Murray–Darling Basin is available in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT.