The NSW Government and Commonwealth have together contributed $30 million in additional funding to reopen the highly successful Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) program.New applicants in NSW can now access funding under the expanded EWIR scheme through the Rural Assistance Authority. The EWIR scheme is designed to support NSW primary producers to invest in drought-proofing infrastructure to build resilience now and in future dry periods. The rebate provides eligible primary producers access to a 25 per cent rebate, up to $25,000, on purchases and installation costs of water infrastructure. Applicants completing new works will have three months from approval of their application to complete the proposed works and provide invoices to the RAA to claim the rebate. Claims can only be paid until the closing date or earlier if available funds are expended. The closing date for applications is still to be confirmed - please check our website regularly for updates.
Primary producers - free confidential assistance is available from your local Rural Financial Counselling Service.
You can also give the RAA permission to work with your own private financial advisor or accountant to assist you, however you will be liable for any professional fees charged. Contact the Rural Assistance Authority team on 1800 678 593.
The Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) is available to eligible primary producers the cost of purchase, delivery and if applicable, the labour cost to engage a person to install water infrastructure for animal welfare needs or drought resilience. The rebate is 25 per cent of costs up to a maximum claim of $25,000 per farm enterprise. Download the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme Round 2 Guidelines PDF, 820.6 KB for full details of what you can claim.
You will be required to upload a number of documents during the application process. Please ensure you have a digital copy of the following documents:
The online application form has been designed to make the process as simple as possible. You will be required to upload digital copies of supporting documentation (please refer to the 'What you will need section') so please have these ready before commencing your application.
Additional invoices sent via email are unable to be accepted - all invoices must be submitted via the online form to be processed.
If you would like to add additional invoices to your application please also use the below claim online now link:
You will need:
If you are unsure at any stage of the process as to how to complete the online claim form, please use this Example Claims Request Form (PDF, 377.63 KB).
Round 1 of the EWIR scheme has received additional funding from the Commonwealth for applications held in the system when the Round 1 funding cap was met last year.
Payments to clients with successful applications from Round 1 of the scheme have now commenced and will continue to be processed in the coming weeks.
If you already have an application with us for the first EWIR scheme (Round 1), you do not need to do anything – we will be in touch with you with the next steps.
If you are looking to access additional funding under this scheme, please submit an application for Round 2 via the process stated above.
If you are experiencing any issues completing this application form, free confidential assistance is available from your local Rural Financial Counselling Service.
If you have difficulty understanding the guidelines or completing the application form you should seek the assistance of your rural/financial counsellor, business advisor, accountant or a trusted family member/friend. If you need assistance with interpreting or translating, please contact Multicultural NSW on 1300 651 500 or email email@example.com.
If you are unable to access support from your local RFCS or LLS office, you may be able to access additional support to complete your application through the RAA.
If you do not have internet access and/or are unable to complete an online application form you may request an appointment to complete a booking over the phone – please call 1800 678 593 to arrange a booking time.
Please note that the RAA will need your documents listed in the ‘What you will need’ section before this can be completed. These can be emailed or posted to us and must be received by the RAA prior to your booking.
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