Strategic Water Purchase Initiative

Up to $4 M is available to pursue environmental water purchase opportunities in Australia.  Strategic Water Purchase Initiative



On 3 February 2014 the Australian Government commenced a third round of the Strategic Water Purchase Initiative in Victoria.


Program Objectives

The initiative aims to pursue environmental water purchase opportunities arising from the decommissioning of channels involved in the roll-out of the Goulburn-Murray Water Connections Project.



The Australian Government has allocated up to $4 million for this round.



The initiative opened on 3 February 2014 and will close at 5.00 pm AEST on 20 June 2014, unless the limit of the budget has been reached before this date.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, each application to sell water to the Commonwealth must be accompanied by a letter of support from Goulburn-Murray Water indicating that the water entitlement is located in an area covered by a Strategic Connections Project and the landowner is considering termination of their irrigation service.

This water purchase initiative will only be conducted within the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District areas of Central Goulburn, Murray Valley, Loddon Valley, Rochester-Campaspe, Shepparton and Torrumbarry.

Do I have to sell my water?

No, participation in this purchase initiative is voluntary. The Australian Government remains committed to a policy of only purchasing water entitlements from those who wish to sell.


More Information

Further information and application documents are available at the following links:

  • Request for proposal (PDF – 329.35 KB) | (DOCX – 134.38 KB)
  • Application form (PDF – 318.8 KB) | (DOCX – 76.98 KB)
  • Draft contract (PDF – 394.04 KB) | (DOCX – 138.95 KB)


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