National On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

The Western Australian Government has reached an agreement with the Federal Government to provide funding to farmers who applied under the National On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme.

The Western Australian Government has reached an agreement with the Federal Government to provide funding to farmers who applied under the National On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme. Due to significant demand the scheme was oversubscribed, and the previous funding was fully allocated. The additional funding provided through this agreement will see a further 511 farmers with applications already submitted receive a rebate for water infrastructure installed on their farm.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is working with the Federal Government on the formal funding agreement, and when in place, the department will contact the affected farmers directly to provide further information on the assessment and payment of grants.

A media statement on the announcement is available here.

No further applications are being accepted by the department at this time.

For further information please contact the department’s Rural Water Planning team on 1800 780 300.

About the rebate

The rebate is for 25% up to a maximum of $25 000 for the purchase, delivery and installation of new water infrastructure to address animal welfare and permanent planting water needs and improve resilience to drought.

Eligible items for livestock farmers include water storage devices such as tanks and troughs, pipes, fittings and pumps associated with water distribution systems, new bores and the desilting of dams by a contractor, and applications for rebate may be applied to costs incurred after 30 June 2018.

Eligible items for horticulture (permanent plantings) farmers include drilling of new horticulture groundwater bores and the desilting of dams by a contractor, and applications for rebate may be applied to costs incurred after 30 June 2019.

The scheme will close 30 April 2021 or when the funding allocation is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Frequently asked questions

Visit the FAQs page or download the FAQs document.

Page reviewed 3 February 2021