Water for Fodder

Sale Closure Notice

Round 1 of the Water for Fodder program has attracted a large number of applications, the program is now oversubscribed. You have until 10am AEDT 13 December 2019 to submit your application. Please refer to the Guidelines for further details.

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).

How to apply

Sale Closure Notice - Round 1 of the Water for Fodder program has attracted a large number of applications, the program is now oversubscribed. You have until 10am AEDT 13 December 2019 to submit your application. Please refer to the Guidelines for further details.

An online application form is now available. Applications must be submitted through the online form.

You can prepare now. Follow our advice to check:

You can also read all details of requirements in the program guidelines.

What you’re applying for

Eligible farmers will be able to apply to purchase an allocation of exactly 50 megalitres from the South Australian Government for $5,000.

You can only submit 1 application per water allocation account (or 2 in total, if you hold more than 1 water allocation account).

We encourage you to apply early once the sale is open. The allocation may be reached quickly.

Who can apply

Who can submit

You must be 1 of these:

  • sole holder of the allocation account
  • a holder of the allocation account authorised by all holders, where there is more than one holder
  • an authorised representative of the holder or holders (this cannot be a broker or agent).

We encourage irrigation corporations and trusts to get their members to apply.

We will also ask you to confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria. 

You must use this water to grow fodder or pasture in the water year it is allocated.

Eligibility

Make sure you are eligible before you apply. You can read the full detail in the program guidelines.

You must:

  • be an Australian registered business or company (with an Australian Business Number)
  • be a Primary Producer as defined in the program guidelines
  • be capable of receiving the water (for example, be connected to a designated irrigation system or direct diverter)
  • have a valid Allocation Account into which the South Australian River Murray water for sale (Trading Zone 12) can be transferred
  • be able to use the allocation to produce fodder on land which is linked to your allocation account
  • be able to pay for the water and all costs incurred in the delivery of the water and the production of the fodder
  • use this water to grow fodder or pasture in the water year it is allocated.

You must not:

  • have had more than 1 gigalitre available for delivery in the current water year (through carryover or allocations) in the allocation account
  • have applied for an allocation under this program in the past, except as permitted in the guidelines
  • been subject to a judicial decision against you relating to employee entitlements, not including decisions under appeal, and have not paid the claim
  • been named by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an employer currently not complying with the requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

Prepare your application

What to include

No attachments are required as part of your application.

You must nominate a valid:

  • Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Australian Company Number (ACN) – where a Company owns the Allocation Account
  • Water allocation account number and Trading Zone associated with the allocation account
  • Right to Use Number (linked to the allocation account), where you propose to use the allocation
  • email address via which we can communicate with the applicant.

We may contact the applicant to confirm these details.

These application form requirements are detailed in the program guidelines.

When you submit, you agree that any details you provide will be published on our website (not including personal, identified confidential information) and in any way outlined in the guidelines.

If you are successful, you will be required to provide a signed deed poll as part 2 of your application.

Assessment process

Round 1 will open at 10am AEDT on Wednesday 11 December 2019. It will remain open until we receive enough eligible applications to use up the first allocation of 40 gigalitres.

Each day at 10am AEDT, we will review the number of eligible applications. If we haven’t received enough, we will conditionally accept all eligible applications.

We will assess each application using the requirements in the program guidelines.

When the number of eligible applications exceed the total sale volume, we will issue a ‘Sale Closure Notice’. The ‘Sale Closure Notice’ will be published on this page. You can apply up to 10am AEDT the day after we publish this notice.

We will run a ballot process to choose the remaining successful applicants as described at section 3.4 of the guidelines.

We will notify all applicants of the outcome of their application.

Successful applicants

We will let successful applicants know they are conditionally accepted into the program. You will be given a link to submit all required paperwork online.

Submit paperwork

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • a signed Deed Poll stating that you will comply with the conditions of the program (conditions will be set out in the template Deed Poll)
  • allocation account statement, which shows all carryover and allocations received up to 9 December or later
  • all relevant allocation transfer forms
  • evidence of authority (where required) for the trade of water to you
  • evidence of your payment to South Australia for $5,000 per application.

You can download the Deed Poll and Evidence of Authority templates.

After you submit these details, we will provide your transfer forms and proof of payment to the South Australian Government. They will process the transfer of your water allocation.

Download Deed Poll and Evidence of Authority

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Deed Poll — Water for Fodder Program PDFPDF Icon 4 621 KB
Deed Poll — Water for Fodder Program DOCXWord Icon 4 60 KB
Evidence of Authority (Source of Authority to Execute Deed Poll) PDFPDF Icon 3 140 KB
Evidence of Authority (Source of Authority to Execute Deed Poll) DOCXWord Icon 3 72 KB

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Irrigation corporations and trusts

Members of irrigation corporations and trusts need to submit additional evidence.

Read our guidance on evidence you need to provide.

Download guide

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Irrigation Corporations and Irrigation Trusts — Water for Fodder program PDFPDF Icon 3 344 KB
Irrigation Corporations and Irrigation Trusts — Water for Fodder program DOCXWord Icon 3 44 KB

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Trade and delivery

Timing of purchased water crediting your allocation account relies on the purchaser and state approval authority promptly attending to their obligations. It is your responsibility to ensure requirements set out in your Notice of Conditional Acceptance are met.

The South Australian Government will:

  • complete the Seller’s portion of the allocation trade form(s)
  • lodge the form(s) with the relevant water authority and pay lodging fees
  • charge the Australian Government the lodging fee.
  • Following the lodgement of the trade forms, the relevant state approval authorities are responsible for approving the trade. Timing is also subject to holiday shutdown periods of water authorities.

You must then arrange delivery of the water and pay any other fees. This includes water delivery fees.

Audits

Representatives of the Australian Government may conduct audits to ensure you comply with the program. This may include:

  • remote sensoring
  • onsite visits
  • farm surveys
  • checks of metering records, allocation accounts, invoices and photos.

Changes to the program

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.

An evaluation of the program will occur after the first 40 gigalitres has been allocated. This will allow us to amend or improve the program design before the second instalment of water becomes available.

Read the detail

Read the program guidelines for full details on eligibility, how to apply and the assessment process.

Download the guidelines

Department of Agriculture, 2019

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Water for Fodder program guidelines PDFPDF Icon 19 584 KB
Water for Fodder program guidelines DOCXWord Icon 19 108 KB

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Last reviewed: 12 December 2019
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