Water Infrastructure Projects

Through the $520 million capital component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (the fund) and the $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility (the loan facility), the Australian Government is providing funding to fast track water infrastructure construction in partnership with the state and territory governments.

Funding is committed to the following water infrastructure projects under the capital component of the fund and the loan facility. Information about the merit-based expression of interest assessment process for funding of projects is available in the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund Guidelines—Capital Component PDF: 995 KB ReadSpeaker DOCX: 124 KB and the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility Investment Guidelines PDF: 1053 KB ReadSpeaker DOCX: 100 KB. Please note that these were the guidelines for the loan facility at the time of assessment. These guidelines have now been superseded by those published by the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC). Please refer to the RIC’s website for the current loan facility investment guidelines.

A short biography for each of the technical expert panel members for the capital component of the fund and the loan facility is available at the Capital component and loan facility technical expert panel page. The panel assessed and provided advice to the Department on the Expressions of Interest (EOI) received by the closing dates in March and September 2017.

Projects Underway

To access the bilateral schedules to the National Partnership for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund – Capital Component for each state, please refer to the Council on Financial Relations National Partnerships—Environment.

Queensland Government, through the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

  • Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of up to $11.63 million ex GST
  • Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of up to $3.01 million ex GST

South Australian Government, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)

  • Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS)—Funding of $45.6 million ex GST

Tasmanian Government, through the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

  • Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of up to $25.27 million ex GST

Victorian Government, through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

  • Macalister Irrigation District modernisation—Funding of $20 million ex GST
  • South West Loddon pipeline—Funding of $20 million ex GST
  • Sunraysia Modernisation Project 2 (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of up to $3.025 million ex GST

Western Australian Government, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

  • Myalup-Wellington Project (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of up to $190 million ex GST (comprising up to $140 million from the fund and $50 million from the loan facility)

Water Infrastructure Commitments

The Australian Government has committed funding to the following projects subject to completion of business cases and matching funding commitments from the state governments.

New South Wales Government, through the Department of Industry

  • Dungowan Dam—Funding of up to $75 million ex GST

Queensland Government, through the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

  • Rookwood Weir—Funding of up to $176.1 million ex GST (an additional $46.1 million on top of the $130 million previously announced during the 2016 Election)

South Australian Government, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)

  • McLaren Vale Water Storage—Funding of up to $2.5 million ex GST

More Information

If you would like further information or you have any questions, please email Water Infrastructure.