Feasibility projects

Investigating opportunities to increase Australia’s water security

The Australian Government is partnering with Australia’s state and territory governments to identify and build water infrastructure that will increase water security for primary industries including agriculture, support thriving regions and build resilience to drought.

An important part of this is working collaboratively with the states and territories to investigate the feasibility of possible water infrastructure projects for the future to support prosperity and our national economy.

More than $145 million has already been committed to over 50 feasibility projects through the Australian Government’s National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

This investment has accelerated the detailed planning and business case development that informs water infrastructure investment decisions, and which is essential before water infrastructure projects begin.

Completed feasibility studies are published by relevant states and territories at their own discretion, with available studies linked below.

ACT

  • Nil

NSW

In planning

  • Mole River Dam Business Case
    $12 million commitment by the Australian Government

Complete

QLD

In planning

Underway

  • Upper Burdekin Feasibility Study
    $3 million commitment by the Australian Government, managed by the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority
  • North and South Burnett Regions Feasibility Study (including Coalstoun Lakes Irrigation Pipeline Study component)
    $3.5 million commitment by the Australian Government
  • Hells Gates Dam Scheme and Big Rocks Weir Project Feasibility Study
    $24 million commitment by the Australian Government, managed by the North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority
  • Urannah Dam Business Case and Approvals Project
    $10 million commitment by the Australian Government
  • Lakeland Irrigation Area Business Case and Approvals Project
    $10 million commitment by the Australian Government

Complete

SA

Complete

  • Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme Feasibility Study
    $2.5 million commitment by the Australian Government
  • Northern Reservoirs Feasibility Study
    $1.2 million commitment by the Australian Government

Victoria

Underway

  • Coldstream Feasibility Study
    $250,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Hinterland Recycled Water Feasibility Study
    $300,000 commitment by the Australian Government

Complete

  • Agriculture and Job Growth to the West of Melbourne Feasibility Study
    $540,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Lindenow Valley Water Security Feasibility Study
    $550,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Coldstream Recycled Water Pipeline (CROPS) Feasibility Study
    $300,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Macalister Irrigation District MID2030 Phase 2 Development Feasibility Study
    $680,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Southern Victorian Irrigation Development Pre-feasibility Study
    $680,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Dilwyn Aquifer Infrastructure Feasibility Study
    $100,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • South East Melbourne Regional Water Plan Feasibility Study
    $91,500 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Mitiamo Reticulated Water Supply Feasibility Study
    $750,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Moonambel Water Supply Feasibility Study
    $180,000 commitment by the Australian Government

WA

Underway

  • Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme
    $1 million commitment by the Australian Government

Complete

  • Ord Stage 3 Feasibility Study - WA
    $2.5 million commitment by the Australian Government
  • Western Trade Coast Managed Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study
    $690,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Peel Business Park Managed Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study
    $700,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Myalup-Wellington Infrastructure and Water Use Improvement Project Feasibility Study
    $1 million commitment by the Australian Government
  • Oakover Valley Irrigation Pre-feasibility Study
    $270,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Pilbara Irrigated Agriculture Feasibility Study
    $960,000 commitment by the Australian Government
  • Ord Siphon Feasibility Study
    $160,000 commitment by the Australian Government

TAS

  • Nil

NT

Underway

  • Adelaide River Off-Stream Water Storage (AROWS) Business Case Project
    $2 million commitment by the Australian Government
  • Roper River Catchment Water Resource Assessment, led by CSIRO
    $3.5 million commitment by the Australian Government

Complete

Other

Underway

Complete