Water for Fodder

The Water for Fodder program has moved into the next phase with successful applicants notified and given 30 business days to submit paperwork.

Assessments of part 2 applications are underway. Applicants who are required to clarify information are being notified by email with instructions.

The program will be reviewed ahead of Round 2 being made available in the 2020-21 water year.

Regular updates will be sent to subscribers

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).

Steps for successful applications

  • Paperwork is submitted online and assessed by the department.
  • The department will contact you by email if further information or clarification is required.
  • When the requirements in the Notice of Conditional Acceptance are met, applications are given to South Australia for processing.
  • Water is then transferred to water allocation accounts and is available for use by the successful applicant to grow fodder.

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You can also email questions to Water for fodder.

Successful applicants

We have let successful applicants know they are conditionally accepted into the program. You will be given a link to submit all required paperwork online. You will have 30 business days to submit your paperwork. Further information is available at section 4 of the guidelines.

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

Document Pages File size
Deed Poll — Water for Fodder Program PDFPDF Icon 6 264 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.

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.

Trade zone data

NSW trade zone Successful applications Megalitres
10A 33 1650
10B 137 6850
11 53 2650
13 60 3000
Total 283 14150
 
VIC trade zone Successful applications Megalitres
1A 260 13000
1B 14 700
2 2 100
3 6 300
4A 6 300
4C 2 100
5A 2 100
6 91 4550
6B 7 350
7 114 5700
Total Vic 504 25200
 
SA trade zone Successful applications Megalitres
12 13 650
Total SA 13 650

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

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

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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Last reviewed: 7 January 2020
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