On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

The South Australian Government will match Australian Government funding for the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme to drought affected farmers who invest in on-farm water infrastructure.

From March 2020, the eligibility criteria of the On Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure rebate has been eased to streamline the application process.

Key changes include:

  • the ability to submit multiple applications (maximum of $50,000 total rebate)
  • the addition of a primary producer declaration – removing the need to supply financial statements and tax returns
  • a pre-approval process, enabling farmers to obtain approval in principle before starting works and incurring expenses.

Activities eligible for 50% rebate

Under the scheme, primary producers installing water infrastructure to supply stock water are able to claim a 50 % rebate (up to $50,000) for works undertaken from 1 July 2019.

Eligible activities include:

Livestock

  • pipes and fittings
  • water storage devices (such as tanks and troughs) associated with stock watering
  • water pumps
  • de-silting of existing dams, where you can demonstrate that the property does not have access to groundwater
  • drilling of stock groundwater bores and associated equipment/power supply such as generators, desalinisation plants
  • other materials or equipment necessary to install the above excluding purchase of machinery
  • any freight component to purchase and install the equipment
  • professional installation costs to install the water infrastructure

Horticulture

  • drilling of horticulture groundwater bores and associated equipment/power supply such as generators, desalinisation plants
  • de-silting of existing dams, where you can demonstrate that the property does not have access to groundwater

Activities eligible for a 25% rebate

The South Australian Government has expanded the range of eligible activities under the scheme. Primary producers can apply for a 25 % rebate (limits apply, see guidelines for details) for works undertaken from 1 July 2019.

Eligible activities include:

Livestock

  • Repairs and upgrades to existing water infrastructure (e.g. windmills, bores, tanks, dam linings).
  • Desilting and sludge removal from existing bores and tanks.
  • Installation of leak detection units, desalinisation units and water level sensors on existing infrastructure.
  • Plastic sheeting, covers associated with existing stock dams.
  • Other materials or equipment required for installation purposes (excluding purchase of machinery).
  • Freight to purchase and install the equipment.
  • Professional installation costs.

Horticulture

  • Repairs and upgrades for groundwater bores and associated equipment/power supply (e.g. generators, desalinisation plants).
  • Other materials or equipment required for installation purposes (excluding purchase of machinery).
  • Any freight component to purchase and install the equipment.
  • Professional installation costs to install the water infrastructure.

How to Apply

  1. Before you apply, download and read the rebate guidelines (PDF 380.4 KB).
  2. Download and complete the On Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure rebate application form (PDF 488.7 KB or DOCX 594.6 KB)
  3. Submit your application via email, post or in-person at a PIRSA office. Applications close on 31 March 2021.

Email: PIRSA.GrantsEnquiries@sa.gov.au

Post:
On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme
PIRSA – Rural Solutions SA
GPO Box 1671
ADELAIDE SA 5001

In Person:

Clare – 155 Main North Road, Clare

Kingscote – 56 Dauncey Street, Kingscote

Loxton – Bookpurnong Road, Loxton

Mount Gambier – 9 Krummel Street, Mount Gambier

Murray Bridge – Bremer Road, Murray Bridge

Port Augusta – 12 Tassie Street, Port Augusta

Port Lincoln – 1 Hindmarsh Street, Port Lincoln

Struan – 74 Struan House Road, Riddoch Highway, Struan

Eligible Regions

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

Barossa: Barossa

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

Kangaroo Island: All

Murray Mallee Region: Alexandrina,  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, 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.

Northern Adelaide: Adelaide Plains

South East: Tatiara

Yorke Peninsula: Copper Coast, Yorke Peninsula

Eligibility by consideration

Farm businesses outside the eligible local government areas can make an application if they can demonstrate a critical water need for livestock or permanent horticulture plantings resulting from current seasonal conditions. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Contact

For more information and to discuss your application contact:

Page Last Reviewed: 17 Mar 2020
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