Water for Fodder

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

Have Your Say now.

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.

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]

Round 1 outcomes

Round 1 of the Water for Fodder program has attracted a large number of applications and has closed. The initial successful applications have been assessed and there are small changes to state totals as some applications did not proceed, consistent with sections 4.3 and 4.4 of the guidelines. Conditional acceptance has been issued to applications on the reserve list. These figures are as at 25 March 2020. South Australia has 14 successful applications, New South Wales has gone from 287 to 285 and Victoria from 499 to 501.

Trade zone data

NSW trade zone Successful applications Megalitres
10A 27 1350
10B 142 7100
11 53 2650
13 63 3150
Total 285 14250
 
VIC trade zone Successful applications Megalitres
1A 261 13050
1B 15 650
2 2 100
3 6 300
4A 4 200
5A 2 100
6 94 4700
6B 6 300
7 112 5600
Total Vic 502 25100
 
SA trade zone Successful applications Megalitres
12 13 650
Total SA 13 650

These figures are as of 6 March 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.

Changes in response to seasonal conditions

If drought conditions improve, we may waive restrictions on carryover of water allocations.

We will publish details online of any regions where a waiver is in place.

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.

Download

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: 26 March 2020
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