Water for Fodder

Round 2 of the Water for Fodder program will not proceed.

Learn more.

The Water for Fodder program is part of the Australian Government's Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.

Under the program, 40 gigalitres of water was produced from the Adelaide Desalination Plant and an equivalent amount released upstream from the River Murray.

Farmers in the southern connected Murray–Darling Basin were able to apply to purchase South Australian River Murray water (Trading Zone 12) at a discounted rate. The water had to be used to grow fodder and pasture. This helped farmers to maintain their breeding stock during the drought.

Round 1

40 gigalitres of water was available in Round 1 for use in the 2019–20 water year.

Round 1 of the program is on-track to achieve its objectives.

Read more about the program’s achievements in 2019–20 in the interim achievements report.

We will update these statistics once all water has been used. Farmers have until 30 June 2021 to use the water received under the program.

Find out about the Round 1 outcomes.

Interim achievements report

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, 2020

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Round 1 Review 

A review of Round 1 was conducted. Read more about the review.

Round 2

Following the review of Round 1 and consultation with South Australia, the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, the Hon. Keith Pitt MP, has announced that there will not be a second round of the Water for Fodder program. 

Remaining funding will be redirected to other programs that benefit farmers and communities in the Murray–Darling Basin.

While Round 1 was successful, more water is available in the southern Basin due to autumn rainfall. This has reduced the need for Round 2 as an emergency drought response. 

Fodder and water markets have also softened:


We conduct compliance activities to ensure water provided under the program is used to grow fodder.

Find out about our compliance activities.

Project agreement

An agreement between Australian Government and South Australian Government made the Water for Fodder program possible.

Find out about the agreement.


You can email questions to Water for fodder.

Last reviewed: 16 October 2020
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