Water for Fodder

We are reviewing round 1 of the Water for Fodder program before round 2 opens in the 2020-21 water year.

Consultation has now closed.

Learn more.

Farmers in the southern connected Murray–Darling Basin will be able to apply to purchase South Australian River Murray water (Trading Zone 12) at a discounted rate.

This program will be delivered in two instalments:

  • 40 gigalitres of water available this water year (2019-20)
  • 60 gigalitres available in the next water year (2020-21).

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You can also email questions to Water for fodder.

Round 1 carryover restrictions lifted

The Hon Keith Pitt MP, Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, has agreed to lift carryover restrictions of water allocations received under Round 1 of the program for all participants.

This decision was made in response to recent rain events and feedback from farmers participating in the program.

This means water received under the program can now be carried over into the 2020-21 water year, subject to water authority rules regarding carryover.

Carryover of water allocations is subject to the rules for the account on which you received the water. There are no special arrangements for Water for Fodder allocations. Contact your water authority if you are unsure whether you can carryover water.  

The water must still be used to grow fodder, and the allocation cannot be moved to a different account or sold. It must be used in full by the end of next water year (2020-21).

Clarification to carryover arrangements for Round 1

We understand that some applicants are able to carryover water on their water allocation account, while other applicants hold accounts that do not meet the requirements for carryover. To ensure this water is able to be used in the 2020-21 water year by those who are unable to carryover water on their account, we have permitted the temporary transfer to another account for the sole purpose of carryover.

A temporary transfer provides a short-term mechanism to allow carryover by transferring water to a capable account and then back to the original account. Any fees or charges incurred with a temporary transfer arrangement will be borne by the applicant.

Applicants will be contacted by email about registering their temporary transfer arrangement with the department.

Water provided under the program must still be used to grow fodder on land linked with the allocation account nominated at the time of applying. It cannot be permanently transferred to a different account, or sold, and must be used in full by the end of the 2020-21 water year.

For further information, please contact Water for Fodder.

Assessment process

We assessed each application using the requirements in the program guidelines.

An independent ballot process was used to choose the successful applicants as described at section 3.4 of the guidelines.

This draw was performed using an electronic system compliant for use in Australia. We have notified all applicants of the outcome of their application.

Download the compliance certificate [PDF, 28KB]

 

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Trade zone data

NSW trade zone Successful applications Megalitres
10A 22 1,100
10B 146 7,300
11 52 2,600
13 62 3,100
Total 282 14,100

 

VIC trade zone Successful applications Megalitres
1A 263 13,150
1B 14 700
2 2 100
3 6 300
4A 4 200
4C 1 50
5A 2 100
6 94 4,700
6B 6 300
7 113 5,650
Total Vic 505 25,250

 

SA trade zone Successful applications Megalitres
12 13 650
Total SA 13 650

These figures are as of 01 July 2020 and are subject to change as applications are conditionally accepted and further verification is required.

Who was successful

The list of successful applicants is available on data.gov.au.

Program guidelines

The round 1 guidelines provide the full details on eligibility, how to apply and the assessment process.

Download the guidelines

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, 2019

Document Pages File size
Water for Fodder program guidelines PDFPDF Icon 19 584 KB
Water for Fodder program guidelines DOCXWord Icon 19 108 KB

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Agreement with South Australia

Read the project agreement between the Australian Government and the South Australian Government that makes the Water for Fodder program possible.

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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, 2020

Document Pages File size
Water for Fodder Project Agreement PDFPDF Icon 8 4.9 MB
Water for Fodder Project Agreement DOCXWord Icon 8 59 KB

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Last reviewed: 2 July 2020
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