On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

The Australian and SA Governments are offering a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently-needed on-farm water infrastructure for livestock.

Eligible farmers can access a 25% rebate – up to $25,000 – on new purchases and installation costs for on-farm water infrastructure to help them provide water to livestock in the current drought and be better prepared for future dry conditions.

The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme can be applied to:

  • new purchases and installation of:
    • pipes
    • water storages
    • water pumps
    • de-silting dams
  • drilling of new stock water bores and associated infrastructure including:
    • desalinisation plants
    • power supply such as generators.

Farmers will be eligible to apply through PIRSA for the rebates, which will also cover eligible work undertaken since 1 July 2018.

Guidelines and application forms

Applicants should carefully consider the Eligibility Guidelines before submitting an Application Form.

Eligible Regions

The scheme is available to eligible farm businesses in the following local government areas:

Eyre Peninsula Region: Ceduna, Cleve, Elliston, Franklin Harbour, Kimba, Streaky Bay, Whyalla, Wudinna.

Murray Mallee Region: Berri Barmera, Coorong, Karoonda East Murray, Loxton Waikerie, Mid Murray, Renmark Paringa, Rural City of Murray Bridge, Southern Mallee, UIA Riverland.

Mid/Upper North Region: Barunga West, Clare and Gilbert Valley, Copper Coast, Flinders Ranges, Goyder, Light, Mt Remarkable, Northern Areas, Orroroo Carrieton, Peterborough, Port Pirie, Wakefield.

Pastoral Region: Cooper Pedy, Outback Areas Community Trust, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs.

Eligibility by consideration

Farm businesses outside of the eligible local government areas can make an application if they can demonstrate a critical water need for livestock resulting from current seasonal conditions. These applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


For more information and to discuss your application contact:

Page Last Reviewed: 05 Apr 2019
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