Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Round 2 of Irrigation Modernisation Planning Assistance closed on 8 August 2008.
A further round of funding will be made available in coming months. Please check the Irrigation Modernisation Planning Assistance program page regularly for updates.
Purpose of the Guidelines
These Guidelines are designed to help applicants prepare an application for Irrigation Modernisation Planning Assistance (Assistance) for projects located within the Murray Darling Basin under the Australian Governments Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure program of Water for the Future.
We strongly recommend that all potential applicants contact the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (Department) to clarify any aspects of the Guidelines of which they are uncertain. However, the Department will not help, or provide funding for, an applicant to prepare an application.
These Guidelines provide an overview of the eligibility requirements for applicants. The Guidelines also set out the basis on which applications for assistance from irrigation water providers will be assessed. These Guidelines are not intended to present all of the terms and conditions that will govern the provision of Assistance. Applicants who are successful in the application process will be required to enter into a legally binding agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia (Funding Agreement).
These Guidelines in their entirety form the criteria that will be used to assess applications for Irrigation Modernisation Planning Assistance. To be eligible for Assistance, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they fully comply with these Guidelines.
Guidelines do not create legally binding rights or obligations
Nothing in these Guidelines is intended to create legally binding rights or obligations. The Minister for Climate Change and Water (Minister) may vary the processes or timing set out in these Guidelines, and will not be obliged to accept any application.