Joint media release: On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure rebate boost for South Australia

16 June 2021

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, the Hon Keith Pitt MP
South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Hon David Basham MP


The Coalition Government is bolstering support for drought affected farmers in South Australia through the $100 million On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt welcomed the South Australian Government signing on to extend the scheme into the 2021-22 financial year.

“The rebate scheme is about delivering practical support for our farmers to complete critical on-farm water infrastructure projects on the ground in order to maintain a more reliable and sustainable water supply into the future,” Minister Pitt said.

“The On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme has been a hugely popular program that’s made a real difference for thousands of Australian farmers dealing with the devastating challenges of drought and has helped build resilience.”

The Australian Government has so far provided $7.5 million in funding assisting more than 800 South Australian farmers under the scheme to date.

This announcement today means another $5.2 million will be available with the Australian and South Australian governments providing 50 per cent contributions, resulting in millions of dollars in support for vital drought support infrastructure for farmers.

South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, David Basham, said boosting the scheme would further support South Australia’s farmers impacted by drought.

“Extending the scheme will be welcomed by farmers across South Australia as we continue to assist in building resilience against drought through the installation of tanks, troughs, pipes, pumps and bores,” said Minister Basham.

“We’re giving farmers the tools to better manage future droughts so we can keep producing the best quality food and fibre for the world, and keep regional economies going.”

Eligible farmers can claim up to 25 per cent of the eligible infrastructure costs, capped at $25,000.

For more information about the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s website

On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate in South Australia will be available for new applications from 1 July 2021. For guidelines and application forms, visit pir.sa.gov.au