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Emergency Water Rebate Infrastructure Scheme

Eligible farmers can access a 25 percent rebate – up to $25,000 – on new purchases and installation costs for new on-farm water infrastructure to help them in the current drought and be better prepared for future dry conditions.

The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme can be applied to:

  • new purchases and installation of:
  • pipes
  • water storages
  • water pumps
  • de-silting dams
  • drilling of new stock water bores and associated infrastructure including:
  • desalinisation plants
  • power supply such as generators.

Farmers will be eligible to apply through PIRSA for the rebates, which will also cover eligible work undertaken since 1 July 2018.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to access funding under the rebate scheme:

  1. a) You are a property owner, share-farmer or lessee in the grazing industry
  2. b) You operate as a sole trader, partnership, trust or private company
  3. c) Your property is located in one of the drought affected areas
  4. d) As the owner and operator,
  5. you earn more than 50% of your gross income from your Primary Production Business under normal seasonal circumstances;


  1. You have commenced your farming operation between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2018 and 50% of your gross income will be derived from your Primary Production Business within three years of the date of your Application. Eligibility of new entrants will be considered on a case by case basis
  2. The water infrastructure in respect of your Application is installed for livestock permanently residing on your property.

The program guidelines and application form are available on the PIRSA website: