November 11

Water Tank Rebate Schemes – How You Can Pay Less For Your Rainwater Tank

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On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme - Save Money on Your Water Tank Purchase

With drought impacting significantly on crops and with livestock industries in decline, the Australian and state governments are working together to deliver Rebates for on-farm water infrastructure expenses,which includes the installation of rainwater tanks.

The scheme is designed to help primary producers in drought-affected areas with a funding level of  $50 million over 3 years, which started in the 2018/19 financial year.

Those farmers that are eligible can access a 25% rebate – up to $25,000 – on new purchases and installation costs for on-farm water infrastructure to help them provide water to livestock or permanent horticulture plantings in the current drought and be better prepared for future dry conditions.

Who Can Apply For an On-Farm Water Infrastructure Rebate?

  • ​A primary producer (as defined by your state or territory)
  • A property owner, share farmer of leas holder
  • In an area defined as drought affected (by your state or territory)
  • In the grazing industry
  • in the grazing industry or a horticulture farmer with permanent horticulture plantings.

The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme can be applied to:

Livestock

  • pipes and fittings
  • water storage devices (such as rainwater tanks and troughs) associated with stock watering
  • water pumps
  • de-silting of existing dams, where you can demonstrate that the property does not have access to groundwater
  • drilling of stock groundwater bores and associated equipment/power supply such as generators, desalinisation plants
  • other materials or equipment necessary to install the above excluding purchase of machinery
  • any freight component to purchase and install the equipment
  • the professional installation costs to install the water infrastructure.

Horticulture

  • drilling of horticulture groundwater bores and associated equipment/power supply such as generators, desalinisation plants
  • de-silting of existing dams, where you can demonstrate that the property does not have access to groundwater

All costs claimed under Program must have been incurred from either 1 July 2018 (Primary Production) or 30 June 2019 (Horticulture Farming).

What You May  Need:

To apply you will need to may have to have the following information and documents:

  • lease agreement (if applicable)
  • scanned copies of all paid itemised invoices of water infrastructure, delivery or labour
  • scanned photos of completed works

Benefits of Improving On-Farm Water Supply

  • address animal welfare needs
  • help primary producers to be more resilient for future droughts
  • increase productivity for primary producers
  • mitigate degradation of natural watering points

State and territory governments will administer and deliver the rebates.

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