Budget 2021-22

12 May 2021

The Australian Government is investing up to a further $258 million, including up to $160 million through the National Water Grid Connections pathway, from the $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund to help secure Australia’s water future.

This includes $75.7 million towards the construction of new and augmented water infrastructure projects.

$22.3 million will go toward the development of eight business cases that will help inform future investment decisions in water infrastructure and the ongoing development of the National Water Grid.

The National Water Grid Fund (the Fund) replaces the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and better reflect its relationship with the Australian Government’s commitment to a National Water Grid.

The Fund remains a 10-year rolling program of priority water infrastructure investments.

The four new construction projects bring the total number of construction projects in the investment pipeline to over 30.

A new funding pathway within the Fund, National Water Grid Connections, will drive the construction of smaller-scale projects over the next two years, with up to $20 million available for each state and territory to deliver projects with an Australian Government contribution of up to $5 million per project.

New project and business case factsheets:

  • NSW - Eurobodalla Southern Storage PDF: 753 KB
  • VIC - Werribee Irrigation District Modernisation (Stages 4 and 5) PDF: 776 KB
  • VIC - Recycled Water on the Bellarine PDF: 781 KB
  • QLD - Warwick Recycled Water for Agriculture PDF: 893 KB
  • NSW - Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam Pipeline PDF: 817 KB
  • NSW - Nyngan to Cobar Pipeline PDF: 806 KB
  • VIC - Pakenham Cora Lynn Recycled Water Scheme PDF: 776 KB
  • VIC - Coliban Regional Rural Modernisation PDF: 823 KB
  • VIC - Sunbury-Bulla-Keilor Agricultural Rejuvenation PDF: 803 KB
  • VIC - Tyabb-Somerville Recycled Water Irrigation Scheme PDF: 791 KB
  • SA - New Water Infrastructure to Barossa PDF: 2.4 MB
  • TAS - South East Integration Project PDF: 1.4 MB