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Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

The Australian and NSW Governments are working together to deliver $12 million in Federal rebates to drought affected livestock farmers for the purchase and upgrade on-farm water infrastructure.

The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme is available to eligible primary producers who can claim a rebate of 25% of the cost for; new purchases, and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, de-silting dams, and associated power supplies such as generators. This Rebate scheme can be applied to costs incurred from 1st July 2018.

The maximum that can be claimed is $25,000 per farm enterprise. The availability of rebates is subject to funds being available. No rebates will be offered beyond the allocated funding of $12 million.


The application process

Check if you are eligible
Find out what you can claim
Collect relevant paperwork
Apply online or manually
Need help?


The Water Infrastructure Rebate is available to farmers in NSW who own and operate a farm business. Download the subsidy guidelines (PDF, 133.76 KB) for full details of eligibility (section 3).

This rebate applies to the purchase and installation of emergency water infrastructure for livestock.

Download the subsidy guidelines PDF, 133.76 KB for full details of what can be claimed (sections 3-5)

Prior to completing your application form you need to:

  • complete a Water Availability Statement (DOCX, 68.02 KB)
  • scan copies of the following documents:
  • most recent Local Land Service (LLS) rates notice
  • Proof of Expenditure (Tax Invoice/s)
  • Latest Land and Stock Return
  • Proof of Income (Most recent Taxation Returns for your Farm business. Include individual Taxation Returns for each: Individual Director(s)/Shareholder(s) of all Companies and/or Individual members of a Partnership/ Family Trust)

The online application form has been designed to make the process as simple as possible. We recommend that you have all scanned documents ready to upload before starting the process. We recommend that you use the Google Chrome browser.

If you prefer to download a hard copy of the form, download the manual form and all attachments relevant to the transport costs you are claiming.

If you have more questions about the subsidy please refer to the Frequently asked questions page or contact the RAA on 1800 678 593.

If you have more questions about the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme, please visit our Frequently asked questions page or contact the RAA on 1800 678 593.

Visit Drought Hub for more information on the full range of drought assistance available to NSW farmers.