A Northern Victorian consortium has secured more than $200 million from the Australian Government’s On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program ($46 million); the Victorian Government’s NVIRP ($16 million); the Victorian On Farm State Priority Projects initiative ($43 million); and the Victorian Farm Modernisation Project ($100 million). The consortium administers the program through its Farm Water Program to assist irrigators to achieve water savings by improving on-farm irrigation systems. At least half the water saved is transferred to the Australian or Victorian governments for environmental purposes.
Upcoming Funding Rounds
Funding is released in rounds. Registrations of Interest for Round 5 of the Farm Water Program have NOW CLOSED.
The Victorian Farm Modernisation Project (VFMP) includes an option of a final round of funding of $20 million, but this is still subject to Victoria meeting Murray Darling Basin Plan requirements. If the final VFMP round (Farm Water Program Round 6) is needed, a call for projects will be communicated by the CMA and Farm Water Consortium partners in future.
Given the above No details on $/ML, percentage transfer or other specific criteria are available for Round 6 at this point, as this still needs to be negotiated between the State & Commonwealth Governments. It is likely that a Whole Farm Plan would continue to be required as part of eligibility criteria, should another VFMP funding round be rolled out. Therefore, it is recommended irrigators review these and update them if necessary.
Irrigators are also encouraged to hold discussions on delivery system connections to properties with Goulburn-Murray Water Connections Program engagement officers where possible to enable them to be ready to participate, should a Round 6 be announced.
Farm Water Program Consortium Partners
The current Farm Water Program Consortium Partners include: