Open programs and initiatives are currently providing Australian Government funding for water initiatives.
The information in this section will help to find:
- what is currently open
- who is eligible
- where to go to apply.
In this section
The Off-farm Efficiency Program is designed to invest in infrastructure in the Murray-Darling Basin and provide water for the environment.
It has 3 components:
- State Led Off-farm – available to Murray–Darling Basin states for delivery of eligible off-farm proposals.
- Off-farm Efficiency Grants Program – closed for applications
- State Led On-farm – available for Murray–Darling Basin state delivery of eligible on-farm proposals.
Find out more about the Off-Farm Efficiency Program.
This scheme assists farmers nationwide to purchase and install on-farm infrastructure to help save water.
The scheme has been extended to 30 June 2023 and applications can be made through relevant state authorities.
Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
The Fencing Northern Riverbanks Project is available to landholders in parts of the northern Murray-Darling Basin.
This project provides funding to fence off riverbanks to improve water quality and outcomes for native fish.
Applications can be made by eligible landholders through NSW Local Land Services or Southern Queensland Landscapes.
The Fish Friendly Water Extraction Project provides funding to irrigators in parts of the northern Murray-Darling Basin to install fish screens on pumps.
This improves water delivery for irrigators, protects native fish and supports environmental outcomes in the northern Basin.
To find out more about the project including who’s eligibility and how to apply visit:
The Improving Great Artesian Basin Drought Resilience Project provides funding for water supply projects that contribute to water security and drought resilience. It is delivered in partnership with Great Artesian Basin states and funding is available to landholders who access water from the Great Artesian Basin.
Further Information can be found through the relevant state authorities: