On-farm emergency water infrastructure rebate scheme for NSW

In October 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $50m to fund an on-farm emergency water infrastructure rebate scheme to provide financial help to primary producers in drought-affected regions.
Eligible primary producers can claim a rebate of 25% of the costs that relate to the purchase and installation of on-farm water infrastructure that addresses animal welfare needs and improves drought resilience.

Farmers can access the scheme for expenses incurred since 1 July 2018 to the maximum amount of $25,000, through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority. The rebate can be applied to costs related to new purchases, and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, de-silting dams, and associated power supplies such as generators.

The availability of the rebate is subject to funds being available. No rebates will be offered beyond the allocated funding of $12m. The scheme will close on 30 June 2021 or when funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Who can apply?
  • a primary producer (as defined by your state or territory)
  • a property owner, share farmer or leaseholder
  • in an area defined as drought affected (this applies to anyone in NSW)
  • in the grazing industry
Eligible expenses
  • be for grazing livestock that you own (not agisted stock)
  • be for an animal welfare need
  • improve your drought resilience
How do I apply?
You can apply for the scheme from 14 January 2019, via the NSW Rural Assistance Authority website or via phone on 1800 678 593.