National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative

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As part of the Water for the Future initiative, the Australian Government delivered the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative (NRGI) to help people use water wisely in their everyday lives.

The Australian Government provided:

  • Rebates of up to $500 for households to install a new rainwater tank(s) or greywater system.
  • Grants to surf life saving clubs of up to $10,000 to install a rainwater tank or undertake a larger water saving project.

Household Rebates

Under the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative rebates up to $500 were available for households that purchased rainwater tanks or greywater systems from 1 March 2009 to 10 May 2011. A total of 14,625 rebates worth $7,017,200 were paid across Australia.

Rebates were available for either:

  • the purchase and installation of a new rainwater tank(s) connected to the toilet and/or laundry by a licensed plumber OR
  • the purchase and installation of a greywater system, installed by a licensed plumber.

Applications for the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative Household Rebates have closed.

Grants for surf life saving clubs to save water

Under the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative the Australian Government offered grants of up to $10,000 to assist surf life saving clubs to purchase and install rainwater tanks and water efficient devices, or to undertake a water efficiency audit.

The program was launched on 1 October 2008 and applications closed on 31 January 2010. Grants worth $658,000 were provided to 86 surf life saving clubs across Australia.

Applications for the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative – grants to Surf Life Saving Clubs have closed.

More information

Under the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines the department is required to publish details of all rebates paid.

For more information on rebates paid under the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative see: