Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

Funding for the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) scheme has recently been extended, with an additional $9.25 million available to drought affected farmers in NSW for the purchase and upgrade of on-farm water infrastructure.

The Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme is available to eligible primary producers who can claim rebates of up to $25,000 on new purchases and installation costs of water infrastructure projects for animal welfare needs. This includes the installation of pipes, water storage 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.

For invoices dated from 1 July 2019, the program is also open to horticulturalists with permanent plantings who can apply to install new bores or desilt dams.

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.

Applications close 30 June 2021 or when the funding allocation is exhausted, whichever occurs first.


The application process

Find out what you can claim
What you will need
Apply online or manually
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The Water Infrastructure Rebate is available to farmers in NSW who own and operate a farm business and applies to the purchase and installation of emergency water infrastructure for livestock. Download the Guidelines (PDF, 144.9 KB) for full details of what  you can claim (sections 3-5).

Prior to completing your application form you need to:

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

If you have more questions about the subsidy please refer to the Frequently asked questions page or contact the RAA on 1800 678 593 or email rural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au.

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