Eligible areas and entitlements for IFWUEA funding include:
Eligible areas and entitlements for Round 9 funding include:
Irrigators must return at least 50% (up to a maximum of 100%) of the projected water savings in equivalent water entitlements. The remaining water savings can stay on-farm to boost farm productivity and support regional economic activity.
In order for the water to be transferred successfully, you must ensure that any mortgage holders and all WAL co-holders, consent to you transferring the relevant water to NSW. You must locate your original WAL certificate which must be produced for the registration of the dealing.
Once you receive notice of conditional acceptance and an STBIFM project officer has visited to discuss your funding deeds, you may commence work. However, any works you do are entirely at your own risk until funding deeds are signed and water entitlements have been transferred to DPI.
Installation of water metering is no longer a requirement for eligibility for funding under STBIFM. However, applicants may choose to include the cost of a compliant meter in their project application.
Irrigators can choose to contribute directly to the project cost by providing a minimum 20% of their own cash or in-kind resources (valued at reasonable contract rates).
Alternatively, irrigators have the option to offer the equivalent value in eligible water entitlement in lieu of a cash/in-kind contribution. Water contributed in this way will be priced at the Australian Government’s market prices for entitlements.
Projects are administered on a GST Exclusive basis. However, GST is paid on project milestone payments.
Funds are allocated on a competitive basis with preference given to those applications that represent the greatest value for money to the program.
There are two key stages to the infrastructure application assessment process.
Project proponents must ensure their works comply with their licencing conditions and that any required planning approvals are obtained. Participation in STBIFM does not absolve an applicant from complying with the requirements of the National Water Meter Standards.
More detail is provided in the Round 9 guidelines.