National Water Infrastructure Development Fund

The Australian Government is partnering with state and territory governments to identify and build the water infrastructure of the 21st century through the $1.5 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

The Fund has two parts, a feasibility component and a capital component, through which the Australian Government is accelerating the detailed planning and construction of water infrastructure projects that will deliver new and reliable water to enhance water security and underpin regional economic growth, including irrigated agriculture and other primary industries.

At this time applications are closed for funding through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. Projects and studies that have already received funding commitments are listed on the Water Infrastructure Projects and Water Infrastructure Feasibility Studies pages.

While water regulation, planning and management is generally the responsibility of the state and territory governments, the Australian Government, through targeted funding, plays a valuable role in supporting water infrastructure projects that:

  • Have strong state or territory government support.
  • Are in the national interest.
  • Deliver net economic and social benefits and broader public benefits.