Next steps to slashing irrigation prices unveiled

17 May 2021

Taking advantage of big cuts to the price of irrigation water will be made easy for Queensland’s irrigators through steps announced today to fulfil the Queensland Government’s $50 million election commitment.

For many irrigators their discount will be automatic.

From 1 July, when we begin the new financial year, every irrigator who buys water from Queensland’s state-owned irrigation schemes, will automatically see 15 per cent cut from their water bill.

For horticultural growers – who are getting a 50 per cent total discount on their bills in light of the jobs and economic growth created by fruit, vegetable, nut and turf operations – the balance of their discount will be delivered through a 35 per cent rebate.

Our objective is to ensure that it’s simple and straightforward for horticulture growers to claim their additional discount.

The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) has helped design and deliver a rebate scheme that’s simple to understand, easy to use, and won’t mean any extra measurement or complicated bookkeeping for irrigators.

QRIDA has been helping farmers take care of their bottom lines for more than 25 years, and that makes them the perfect people to deliver a rebate scheme that puts money back in the pockets of our horticultural growers.

The Queensland Government’s $50 million election commitment means the government will provide $81.6 million to support irrigators over the next three years.

Irrigated agriculture is one of Queensland’s biggest industries, both in terms of employment and value to our economy.

We’re committed to supporting the continuing growth of that industry, and the irrigators who make it happen.

For more information on the Queensland Government’s irrigation price cuts, visit

Last updated: 17 May 2021