FAQs

Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) Funding

Am I eligible for IFWUEA funding?

Eligible areas and entitlements for IFWUEA funding include:

  • NSW Border Rivers
    • Regulated River (High Security)
    • Regulated River (General Security B)
    • Supplementary Water
  • Gwydir
    • Regulated River (General Security)
  • Upper Namoi
    • Regulated River (General Security)
  • Lower Namoi
    • Regulated River (High Security)
    • Regulated River (General Security)
    • Supplementary Water
  • Peel
    • Regulated River (General Security)
  • Macquarie/Cudgegong
    • Regulated River (General Security)
  • Barwon-Darling
    • Unregulated River (B Class)
    • Unregulated River (C Class)

Am I eligible for infrastructure funding?

Eligible areas and entitlements for Round 9 funding include:

  • NSW Border Rivers
    • Regulated River (High Security)
    • Regulated River (General Security B)
    • Supplementary Water
  • Lower Namoi
    • Regulated River (High Security)
    • Regulated River (General Security)
    • Supplementary Water

What is requested in return for STBIFM funding?

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.

What must I do to ensure my proposed works can proceed once my project is successful?

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.

When can I start my project?

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.

Do I need a compliant water meter to receive infrastructure funding?

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.

Do I need to contribute towards the cost of my infrastructure project?

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.

Is the funding GST exclusive?

Projects are administered on a GST Exclusive basis. However, GST is paid on project milestone payments.

How will funds be allocated?

Funds are allocated on a competitive basis with preference given to those applications that represent the greatest value for money to the program.

Who will assess my application?

There are two key stages to the infrastructure application assessment process.

  • Opening Committee – assess applications for completeness and will request submission of outstanding documentation to be provided within 48 hours.
  • Technical and Costings Committee – a panel of 3 independent, external irrigation professionals assess applications for technical feasibility, capacity to recover the proposed losses and reasonable costings.

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.

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