The On Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme is available to all commercial livestock farmers and pastoralists throughout Western Australia, and is administered by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. The scheme will assist farmers who need to provide emergency water for livestock in times of water shortages.
The National On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme is provided in Western Australia by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and offers rebates for purchase and installation of on-farm stock water infrastructure. Rebates of up to $25 000 are offered to commercial livestock farmers for stock water infrastructure on rural Western Australian properties vulnerable to periods of dry conditions and on-farm livestock water deficiencies.
If you are a commercial livestock farmer or pastoralist with a business experiencing or vulnerable to stock water deficiency, you may apply for a rebate under the National On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme. Rebates are available toward costs associated with farm water
infrastructure that addresses livestock welfare needs and improves resilience against water deficiency.
The rebate is 25% of the cost of purchase, delivery and, if applicable, the labour costs to engage a
person to install water infrastructure for animal welfare needs. The maximum that can be claimed
per farm business is $25 000. Water infrastructure purchased and installed after 30 June 2018 is eligible for this scheme.
If you answer YES to these questions, you may be eligible to apply for a rebate.
• a property owner, share farmer or lease holder in the livestock industry?
• a pastoralist or commercial farmer of sheep, beef, dairy and/or general livestock as defined
by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation?
• registered for GST and do you have an active ABN?
• able to purchase and install new water infrastructure for livestock welfare and/or to improve
resilience against livestock water deficiency, on property in rural Western Australia?
For each farm or pastoral business and all eligible activities, there is no limit to the number of rebate applications or rebate payments, but these must be for separate works, and the total rebate allowable is $25 000 per farm or pastoral business.
If farmers are unable to complete works and submit application for rebate within the guidelines above, extensions may be determined on a case by case basis.
The scheme will close on 30 April 2021 or when funding allocation is exhausted, whichever occurs first.
For further information or to apply online, visit www.dwer.wa.gov.au/NOFEWIRS or phone 1800 780 300.
Information sourced from Rural Water Planning Department of Agriculture and Water Resources dwer.wa.gov.au/NOFEWIRS