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Technical advice projects

Funding is available to engage a consultant to help assess: 

  • your current irrigation operations 


  • options to improve on-farm water use efficiency.

The technical advice project enables irrigators to access up to 80 per cent of the consultant costs, to a maximum of $4000 (GST exclusive, per business ABN).

It is our intention that each eligible irrigator has access to funding up to $4000 (ex GST).

How to apply

Irrigators seeking to access funding must submit a completed technical services application form. We will advise on the outcome of this application in writing within five working days.

These documents are available to irrigators applying for technical advice. To request a hard copy or further information, contact the HHWUE project team on telephone (07) 4529 1321 or email:

Eligibility criteria

An applicant must:

  • be registered with the Australian Taxation Office for GST purposes and have a valid ABN - or where the applicant is a company, have a current Australian Securities and Investment Commission  Australian Company Number (ACN)
  • have access to all land applicable to the project application, either as the registered land owner, or with the permission of the registered land owner
  • be able to permanently transfer at least 10 ML as an unencumbered water entitlement
  • own a water entitlement located in one of the following areas:
    • 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) and 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)
    • Underground water
      • Central Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Management Area
  • be willing to share the information generated by the consultant.


Funding is available for services in the following fields:

  • measurement of evaporation and seepage losses from on-farm storages  
  • measurement of on-farm storages  
  • farm level irrigation design  
  • water auditing  
  • on-farm water accounting and removing overland flow conditions  
  • other services as approved by DNRM.

Applicants must use an irrigation consultant holding at least one of the following qualifications/certifications:

  • Irrigation Australia Certified Irrigation Designer
  • Irrigation Australia Certified Irrigation Agronomist
  • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland.

The consultant will be required to provide the irrigator with a written report of their findings on water use efficiency options for the irrigator's situation.


Last updated: 2 December 2016

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