IFWUEAs and irrigation consultants

What is an IFWUEA?

The purpose of the IFWUEA is to identify where on-farm irrigation water losses occur and provide a quantification of those losses.

An IFWUEA will assist irrigators to determine if efficiencies can be gained by modernising on-farm irrigation infrastructure.

Why undertake an IFWUEA?

An IFWUEA can assist irrigators to develop infrastructure options which address the on-farm irrigation water losses occurring on their farms.

In preparing an IFWUEA, DPI recommends irrigators engage the services of a suitably certified and/or accredited Irrigation Consultant to assist with analysis, interpretation and communication of information.

What will an IFWUEA provide to me?

It is important to identify the scope for improvement in irrigation performance through assessing the potential water losses. Information generated from the IFWUEA will allow irrigators to identify the most cost-effective options for modernisation.

What funding is available?

Funding may be provided to eligible irrigators to assist in meeting the total cost of undertaking an IFWUEA.

The funding for IFWUEAs will be implemented by DPI under the following guidelines:

  1. DPI will subsidise an eligible irrigator up to 80 per cent to a maximum of $2,000 (excluding GST) toward the cash cost of an IFWUEA per farming business (i.e. per ABN number) for the assessment of irrigation water losses.
  2. The eligible irrigator must contribute a minimum of 20 per cent of the cash cost of the IFWUEA.
  3. Funding will only be made available for IFWUEAs that are certified by an accredited Irrigation Consultant.

IFWUEA documents

Suitably Certified Irrigation Consultants (ICs)

IFWUEAs must be certified.

An Irrigation Consultant with qualifications to conduct an IFWUEA should have a range of water loss assessment skills, methods and experience including (but not limited to):-

  • Skills in assessing irrigation water losses such as from water storages, field application systems, distribution systems and irrigation management practices.
  • Methods of water loss assessment such as using recognised computer aided modelling products and/or mapping to quantify losses to an industry standard.
  • Experience in conducting water loss assessment calculations on a relevant irrigation system and its parts, for example, storages, flood/surface, spray and drip irrigation system components.

Irrigation Consultants should satisfy the following assessment criteria:

  1. A suitable irrigation consultant must be certified and/or accredited by an irrigation related independent body which has an appeal or review process and a code of conduct.
  2. Have a current ABN and be registered for GST.

Examples of suitable accrediting bodies include (but are not limited to):

  • Irrigation Australia Limited - Certified Irrigation Designers with relevant speciality,
  • Irrigation Australia Limited - Certified Irrigation Agronomist,
  • Irrigation Surveyors and Designers Group - corporate member,
  • Ag Institute Australia - AgCreditation,
  • Crop Consultants Australia Association - Professional Consultant
  • Engineers Australia

If in doubt regarding the certification of an Irrigation Consultant or any other aspect of completing an IFWUEA contact:

Robert Hoogers, Irrigation Development Officer, Yanco

T: 02 6951 2628
M: 0427208613
E: robert.hoogers@dpi.nsw.gov.au