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Infrastructure funding

Eligible irrigators can apply for up to 90% of the total cost to undertake on-farm infrastructure projects to increase water use efficiency. The infrastructure must relate broadly to water storages, water distribution or in-field systems.

Approved applicants must contribute at least 10% to the project cost, and transfer at least 50% of the water savings (by permanent transfer of water allocation) to the Australian Government for environmental use. The 10% contribution may be made up of any combination of cash, ‘in-kind’ or additional water for transfer.

Changes to guidelines for round 12

A key change to the guidelines in the latest round is the introduction of ‘dislocated’ water – you can now offer the Australian Government an entitlement located in a different water management area to the land where works will occur. The land and water must still be located within the same water resource plan area (e.g. Condamine and Balonne Water Resource Plan).

Timelines for round 12 applications

Completed application forms and attachments must be received by 5.00pm AEST on the closing date. Closing dates for round 12 are:

  • April 2017
  • May 2017
  • June 2017.

We will notify successful applicants about 1 month after the closing date.

Important: Projects must be completed by March 2020. Your project plan must include a description of how you will ensure that you complete your project within this timeframe.

How to apply

Refer to the documents below for information. Note that there have been amendments to the guidelines since the last round of applications, so do not rely on previous versions. Lodgment details are on the form.

To request a hard copy or for further information, contact:

HHWUE project team
Phone: (07) 4529 1321

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for funding, you must have:

  • a tradeable surface water entitlement that is eligible in the current funding round and used for irrigated agriculture
  • the ability to permanently trade at least 10 megalitres as an unencumbered water entitlement.

Each funding round focuses on certain water products and locations. Round 12 is open to irrigators located in:

Supplemented water

  • Lower Balonne: St George Water Supply Scheme (zones 1-4)

Unsupplemented water

  • Lower Balonne: Lower Balonne Water Management Area (zones 1-10)
  • Condamine: Condamine and Balonne Water Management Area (zones 1-9), Upper Condamine Water Management Area (zones 6-10 and 12-16)
  • Border Rivers: Border Rivers Water Management Area (Dumaresq, Macintyre and Barwon zones), Upper Weir Water Management Area (class UW2A) and Lower Weir Water Management Area (class LW1)
  • Moonie: Moonie Water Management Area (zones A-D)
  • Warrego: Lower Warrego Water Management Area (zones A-D)

Overland flow

  • Lower Balonne: Lower Balonne Water Management Area (overland flow water)

Please refer to the application guidelines and form (DOCX, 1.5MB) for a full list of eligibility criteria, addenda and other program information.


If your application is approved for funding, you will be required to enter into contracts with the Queensland and Australian governments:

  • a works agreement with the Queensland Government for the approved infrastructure project
  • a water entitlement transfer deed (WETD) with the Australian Government for the transfer of the water savings offered.

The following samples are provided for information purposes only - actual agreements may vary.


Last updated: 7 April 2017

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