Water for Fodder—Review

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We reviewed Round 1 of the Water for Fodder program.

This was a requirement in the agreement between the Australian and South Australian Governments.

The Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, the Hon. Keith Pitt MP, has announced that Round 2 will not proceed.

Learn more.

Terms of reference

The review examined:

  • water availability
  • risk exposure of water-dependent agricultural sectors across the Basin
  • the appropriateness of the current eligibility requirements
  • possible improvements to the administration of the program.

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Department of Agriculture, 2019

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Independent report into water availability and risk exposure

The department engaged an independent consultant to review the:

  • water availability in the Basin
  • risk exposure of water-dependent agricultural sectors across the southern Basin in 2020-21.

The consultant made eight key findings:

  1. Adelaide Desalination Plant production will be required in 2020–21, although it is constrained by operational considerations and water availability in both the River Murray and Western Mount Lofty Ranges.
  2. At this time, South Australia does not have sufficient water security based on the current low water availability in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Murray-Darling Basin to permit Round 2 of the Water for Fodder program.
  3. Only under specific water availability conditions could the Adelaide Desalination Plant be used to substitute River Murray water.
  4. Significant rainfall is required to improve storage levels above 2019–20.
  5. Allocations are expected to start low.
  6. Water market prices likely to remain high if low water availability continues into 2020–21.
  7. The projected demand and consequences for different irrigated commodities will be a driven by water availability and capacity to pay for water.
  8. Commodities with a higher capacity to pay for water have more opportunity to purchase water and remain sustainable.

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Marsden Jacob Associates, 2020

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Water for Fodder program review PDFPDF Icon 39 1.2 MB

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Eligibility and program improvements

We asked for your feedback about the eligibility requirements and how we could improve program administration.

We received over 800 survey responses and several written submissions.

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Submissions received

Key industry stakeholders were invited to provide feedback. A number of private individuals also made written submissions.

We would like to thank all those who made a submission.

Disclaimer: Submissions have been published below unless authors have not authorised publication of their submission on the department’s webpage.

Views or opinions expressed in submissions reflect those of the organisation or individual making the submission. The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment does not endorse the views or opinions expressed in any submission.

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Submissions

Published submissions may not meet Australian Government accessibility requirements as they have not been prepared by the department.

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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, 2020

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Water for Fodder program: review of round 1 - stakeholder views PDFPDF Icon 42 1.2 MB
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Last reviewed: 4 September 2020
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