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Infrastructure funding

Eligible irrigators can apply for up to 90 per cent of the total cost to undertake on-farm infrastructure projects to increase water use efficiency.

The funded infrastructure must relate broadly to water storages, water distribution or in-field systems.

Approved applicants must make a 10 per cent contribution to the project cost, and transfer at least 50 per cent of the water savings (by permanent transfer of water allocation) to the Australian Government for environmental use. The 10 per cent contribution may be made by cash/in-kind contributions, and/or by offering additional water for transfer.

How to apply

Round 11 will run from July 2016 to January 2017, operating in monthly closing and assessment periods.

The round 11 application periods close on 29 July 2016, 31 August 2016, 30 September 2016, 31 October 2016, 30 November 2016 and 9 January 2017. Successful applicants will be notified approximately one month after the closing date.

The following documents are current for round 11 of the HHWUE infrastructure project. To request a hard copy or further information, contact the HHWUE project team on telephone (07) 4529 1321 or email:

Since these documents have changed since the last round, applicants who have already obtained an application pack should ensure they have the current versions of all material.

Completed application forms and attachments should be received by 5.00pm AEST on the closing date by mail, email, fax or in person.

The department will perform administrative checks on received applications and attachments to ensure they are complete and eligible.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for funding, an irrigator must:

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

Each funding round will focus on certain water products and locations. Round 11 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, irrigators considering projects in these zones should call the HHWUE project team on (07) 4529 1321 or email for information)
  • 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.


Irrigators whose applications are approved for funding 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 sample works agreement and WETD are provided as an indication. Actual agreements may vary.


Last updated: 8 December 2016

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