National On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme
The National On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme (the scheme) is a scheme funded by the Commonwealth government and managed by the State government, that provides livestock farmers and horticulturalists with a rebate to help with the costs of purchasing and upgrading on-farm water infrastructure to improve resilience against dry conditions and on-farm water deficiencies.
The scheme commenced in Western Australia in May 2019 with significant demand for the first round of the scheme and over 900 farmers in WA receiving a rebate. However, indicative of the impacts of climate change and the resulting dry seasons, the first round of the scheme was significantly oversubscribed.
The State Government has subsequently negotiated, and now formalised, an agreement with the Federal Government to provide rebates to farmers who applied but were unsuccessful in the first round of the scheme.
Through the State governments efforts, the agreement was finalised on 15 April 2021, securing an additional $2.8 million funding from the Federal Government to pay rebates for eligible water infrastructure installed on-farm to all farmers who submitted their application prior to 20 January 2021.
Commonwealth funding for rebates available to Western Australian farmers through the scheme has now been fully allocated, and therefore the department is not able to accept any further applications.
For further information please contact the department’s Rural Water Planning team on 1800 780 300.