Drought-hit farmers can claim up to 25% on new farm water infrastructure costs.

On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

Rebates for on-farm water infrastructure expenses are available to help primary producers in drought-affected areas.

Who can apply

You must be:

  • a primary producer (as defined by your state or territory)
  • a property owner, share farmer or lease holder
  • in an area defined as drought affected (by your state or territory)
  • in the grazing industry.

Eligible expenses

Your new infrustructure must:

  • be for grazing livestock that you own (not agisted stock)
  • be for an animal welfare need
  • improve your drought resilience.

Your expenses must relate to:

  • buying and installing
    – pipes
    – water storage devices such as tanks and troughs associated with stock watering
    – water pumps and associated electronic systems to manage water delivery
  • desilting dams
  • drilling new stock water bores and associated power supply such as generators.

Rebates will be 25 per cent of the costs for eligible expenses or up to a maximum amount agreed by the implementing state. The maximum that can be claimed is $25,000 per farm enterprise.

Your expenses must occur in the same financial year as your claim. Purchases must be after 30 June 2018.

Farmers in NSW can apply for the rebate from 14 January 2019 via the NSW Rural Assistance Authority website.

For more information please contact us.