Feasibility studies

The Australian Government has committed funding to the following water infrastructure feasibility studies under the feasibility component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (the Fund).

Funding from the feasibility component of the Fund is only provided to state and territory governments through bilateral schedules to the Project Agreement for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund – Feasibility Component in accordance with the Federal Financial Relations Act 2009. To access the Project Agreement or the bilateral schedule for each state, please refer to the Council on Financial Relations National Partnerships—Environment.

As feasibility studies are completed, the relevant state or territory government is responsible for making reports publicly available as appropriate.

New South Wales, through the Department of Industry

Completed

  • Border Rivers Infrastructure Investment Feasibility Study—Funding of $550,000 ex GST
  • Peel Water Infrastructure Investment Feasibility Study—Funding of $850,000 ex GST
  • Cobar and Nyngan Water Supply Feasibility Study—Funding of $850,000 ex GST
  • Walcha Water Security Feasibility Study—Funding of $100,000 ex GST

Northern Territory Government, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Current

  • Ord Stage 3 Feasibility Study—Funding of $2,500,000 ex GST
  • Adelaide River Off-Stream Storage Feasibility Study (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of $2,000,000 ex GST

Completed

  • Northern Territory Irrigation Feasibility Study—Funding of $985,000 ex GST

Queensland Government, through the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Current

  • North and South Burnett Regions Feasibility Study (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of $2,000,000 ex GST
  • Hells Gates Dam Scheme and Big Rocks Weir Project (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of $24,000,000 ex GST—managed by the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority
  • Emu Swamp Dam Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Project Feasibility Study—Funding of up to $450,000 ex GST
  • Lakelands Irrigation Area Business Case and Approvals Feasibility Study (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of $10,000,000 ex GST
  • Urannah Dam Business Case and Approvals Feasibility Study (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of $10,000,000 ex GST

Completed

  • Nullinga Dam Feasibility Study—Funding of up to $5,000,000 ex GST
  • Bundaberg Channel Capacity Upgrade Feasibility Study—Funding of $750,000 ex GST
  • Gayndah Regional Irrigation Development Feasibility Study—Funding of $1,231,024 ex GST
  • Lockyer Valley Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study—Funding of $120,000 ex GST
  • Burdekin Falls Dam Raising Feasibility Study—Funding of $400,000 ex GST
  • Burdekin Haughton Channel Capacity Upgrade Feasibility Study—Funding of $1,915,000 ex GST
  • Lower Fitzroy River infrastructure Business Case—Funding of $2,000,000 ex GST
  • Clermont Water Security Feasibility Study—Funding of $225,000 ex GST
  • North West Queensland Strategic Water Storage Feasibility Study—Funding of $1,765,000 ex GST
  • Urannah Dam Feasibility Study—Funding of $3,000,000 ex GST
  • South East Queensland Treated Effluent for Agricultural Production Feasibility Study—Funding of $650,000 ex GST
  • Emu Swamp Dam Feasibility Study—Funding of $3,970,000 ex GST
  • Lakeland Irrigation Area Feasibility Study—Funding of $825,000 ex GST
  • Hells Gates Dam Feasibility Study—Funding of $2,200,000 ex GST
  • Tablelands Irrigation Project Feasibility Study—Funding of $750,000 ex GST

South Australian Government, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)

Completed

  • Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme Feasibility Study—Funding of $2,500,000 ex GST
  • Northern Reservoirs Feasibility Study—Funding of $1,200,000 ex GST

Victorian Government, through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Current

  • Coldstream Feasibility Study—Funding of $250,000 ex GST
  • Hinterland Environmental Water Scheme Feasibility Study (pending bilateral schedule agreement)—Funding of $300,000 ex GST

Completed

  • Agriculture and Job Growth to the West of Melbourne Feasibility Study—Funding of $540,000 ex GST
  • Lindenow Valley Water Security Feasibility Study—Funding of $554,400 ex GST
  • Coldstream Recycled-Water Pipeline (CROPS) Feasibility Study—Funding of $300,000 ex GST
  • Macalister Irrigation District MID2030 Phase 2 Development Feasibility Study—Funding of $675,000 ex GST
  • Southern Victorian Irrigation Development Feasibility Study—Funding of $677,160 ex GST
  • Dilwyn Aquifer Infrastructure Feasibility Study—Funding of $100,000 ex GST
  • South East Melbourne Regional Water Plan Pre-feasibility Study—Funding of $91,500 ex GST
  • Mitiamo Reticulated Water Supply Feasibility Study—Funding of $750,000 ex GST
  • Moonambel Water Supply Feasibility Study—Funding of $180,000 ex GST

Western Australian Government, through the Department of Water

Current

  • Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme Feasibility Study—Funding of $1,000,000 ex GST

Completed

  • Ord Stage 3 Feasibility Study—Funding of $2,500,000 ex GST
  • Western Trade Coast Managed Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study—Funding of $693,000 ex GST
  • Peel Business Park Nambeelup Managed Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study—Funding of $702,000 ex GST
  • Myalup-Wellington Infrastructure and Water Use Improvement Project Feasibility Study—Funding of $1,000,000 ex GST
  • Oakover Valley Irrigation Precinct Prefeasibility Study—Funding of $268,994 ex GST
  • Pilbara Irrigated Agriculture Feasibility Study—Funding of $960,000 ex GST
  • Ord Siphon Feasibility Study—Funding of $162,000 ex GST

The CSIRO

Current

  • Roper River Catchment Water Resource Assessment—Funding of $3.5 million ex GST

Completed

Geoscience Australia, administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Current

  • Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Model—Funding of $6.5 million ex GST

Background

A competitive merit-based assessment process was held in March 2016 to award funding for water infrastructure feasibility studies according to the feasibility component assessment plan DOCX: 20 KB PDF: 738 KB.

A short biography for the technical expert panel who assessed and provided advice to the Department on Expressions of Interest received by the closing date in March 2016 is available DOCX: 20 KB PDF: 724 KB.

Further information about the feasibility component of the Fund is available in the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund Guidelines—Feasibility Component DOCX: 1976 KB PDF: 844 KB.

Further information

For further information on the feasibility component of the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, please contact waterinfrastructure@infrastructure.gov.au.