Media Release

Saving more water for QLD farmers in drought

5 April 2019

  • ​Federal Coalition invests an extra $14 m in on-farm emergency water infrastructure
  • Eligible farmers can claim up to 75% on new on-farm water infrastructure
  • More than $1 million in federal top up payments will be made immediately
  • Part of the $50 million On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme

Queensland livestock farmers who have been hit by drought can now claim up to three quarters of the cost of putting in more efficient water infrastructure.

The Federal Coalition Government will provide $14 million in rebates of up to 25 percent, to be delivered by the Queensland State Government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the rebate top-up will help QLD farmers purchase and install new water infrastructure and improve drought resilience.

“We’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Queensland farmers doing it tough,” Minister Littleproud said.

“This will make it easier for them upgrade their farms and prepare for the next drought.

“The federal scheme has also been expanded to include ‘backgrounding’ or running stock on drought affected properties.

“Backgrounding helps farmers to better manage their businesses under the current drought conditions and will help farmers and their communities in these challenging times.

“Water efficiency is always important, but during drought is absolutely vital.”

Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) scheme, operating in Queensland for six years, supports animal welfare this drought, and also helps improve the long-term productivity of Queensland producers.

So far this drought, the Queensland Government has provided around $50 million in EWIR payments.

“It is important we continue to provide support to drought-affected farmers to manage through this period and prepare for future droughts,” Mr Furner said.

“Drought declared Queensland farmers can currently claim up to 50 per cent of their expenses associated with the purchase and installation of new on-farm infrastructure, and now with this Federal Government top-up this increases up to 75%.”

As part of the $50 million On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, the federal rebate will apply to dam desilting, new purchases and installation of pipes, water storages and water pumps, and associated power supplies such as generators.

For more information visit or and follow the links to access the drought assistance pages for more information on how to apply.

Producers can also contact DAF on 13 25 23.