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Water Efficiency Program

Grant Closes: 31st of December 2023 Value: Unspecified - Over $1 million Run By: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Further Information: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/water/mdb/programs/basin-wide/water-efficiency

If you have held water rights for at least 3 years in the Murray–Darling Basin you may be eligible for funding.

An eligible participant is someone who:

  • owns an eligible water right
  • is capable of transferring that water to the Commonwealth under a contract to do efficiency works to achieve water savings.

You can apply as a project partner or through a delivery partner. If you have a project over $1 million, you can now register your interest as a project partner. Projects under $1 million must be applied for through a delivery partner.

Eligibility criteria for project partners in NSW are:

  • Projects must be made public.
  • Projects do not negatively impact on social and environmental outcomes.
  • The project assessment for funding must be clear, timely, simple and transparent, and not unduly increase red tape.
  • Programs or projects support regional economies.
  • Programs or projects do not have negative third-party impacts on the irrigation system, water markets or regional communities.
  • Projects need to be assessed for their potential to impact on the price of water.
  • Any cultural impacts identified, protected or improved.
  • Program design should include close engagement with community and industry leaders.
  • Where practical, seek to develop and implement integrated implementation of efficiency measures to maximise benefits to the irrigation network and local enterprises.
  • Monitoring and evaluation, including of socio-economic outcomes, should be built into programs and used to regularly review and adapt programs, as required.
  • Projects must deliver real water savings and not result in profiteering or rorting.
  • Projects should identify improved capacity to respond to changes in business environment including drought and climate resilience.
Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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