Irrigation pricing discounts 2021-24

Summary

  • A 15% discount has been applied to calculate irrigation prices for water supply schemes owned by Sunwater and Seqwater.
  • Irrigators do not have to do anything to access this discount.
  • Irrigators can apply for an additional 35% rebate (resulting in a total 50% discount) on the proportion of water charges related to horticulture .
  • Applications for the Horticulture Irrigation Pricing Rebate Scheme are open until 31 December 2024. Visit the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority website to apply.

Irrigation prices for water supply schemes owned by Sunwater and Seqwater will now have the following discounts applied for the 3-year period from 2021-22 to 2023-24:

  • 50% discount for irrigation of horticulture crops
  • 15% discount for all other irrigation.

Prices being discounted

The discounts will apply to all components of each tariff group. This includes:

  • allocation charges (Part A and Part C),
  • usage charges (Part B and Part D)
  • access charges.

For 2021-22 to 2023-24, the prices set by the Queensland Government have been calculated by applying a 15% discount to the prices that Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) recommended for 2020-21 to 2022-23.

The QCA recommended a 4-year price path commencing from 2020-21. The following table shows how the prices set by government relate to these QCA recommendations.

  2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24
QCA recommended price QCA Year 1 prices QCA Year 2 prices QCA Year 3 prices QCA Year 4 prices
Prices set by government 2019-20 prices or QCA Year 1 prices (whichever was the lower) Discounted QCA Year 1 prices Discounted QCA Year 2 prices Discounted QCA Year 3 prices

This means that:

  • the irrigation prices for the financial year 2021-22 will be discounted from what the QCA recommended for the previous year (2020-21)
  • the irrigation prices for the financial year 2022-23 will be discounted from what the QCA recommended for the previous year (2021-22)
  • the irrigation prices for the financial year 2023-24 will be discounted from what the QCA recommended for the previous year (2022-23).

Learn more about the QCA recommended price path.

Discounts for all irrigators

Irrigators supplied by Sunwater and Seqwater-owned schemes will automatically receive the 15% discount through the prices used to calculate their bills.

Prices that are charged by entities other than Sunwater and Seqwater, such as those by Local Management Arrangement (LMA) entities, are a matter for those entities and not the Queensland Government.

LMA irrigators will automatically have the 15% discount applied to the Part A and Part B prices charged by Sunwater.

Discounts for horticultural growers

Irrigators can now apply to receive the balance of their 50% discount through a 35% rebate on charges associated with horticultural crops.The Horticulture Irrigation Pricing Rebate Scheme is being administered and assessed by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA).

Any water charges incurred by a horticulture enterprise in relation to 1 July 2021 until 30 June 2024 are eligible for the rebate, including:

  • allocation charges (Part A and Part C),
  • usage charges (Part B and Part D)
  • access charges.

The rebate program will remain open until 31 December 2024. Customers can make an application in relation to any charges related to horticulture for the 3 years from 2021-22 to 2023-24.

Applying for the additional 35% rebate

Types of evidence to demonstrate your horticulture production may include:

  • profit and loss, or management accounts showing the income received from the sale of horticultural crops
  • sale dockets relating to the sale of horticultural crops
  • your federal government Horticulture Levy statement obtainable from Levies Online
  • farm plan/map outlining the area under production of horticultural crops
  • aerial,  satellite or drone photography outlining the area under production of horticultural crops
  • on-the-ground photographic evidence (for example with mobile phone) showing the production and/or processing of horticultural crops
  • any additional evidence on how your metered water take has been used.

No additional measurement equipment needs to be installed to support a rebate application.

For more information and to make your application, visit QRIDA’s website.

Crops eligible for the additional 35% rebate

The 35% rebate applies to all horticultural crops.

Water charges related to broadacre crops such as grains, cotton, sugar cane and legumes are not eligible for the rebate.

The definition of horticulture crops will be based on the following Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC) codes:

  • 011 – Nursery and Floriculture Production
  • 012 – Mushroom and Vegetable Growing
  • 013 – Fruit and Tree Nut Growing.

Receiving the rebate where no water is available

The program accommodates all forms of eligible horticultural farm businesses across the State. This includes accommodating circumstances where water may not be currently available but has historically been used to produce horticultural crops.

More information

Learn more about Seqwater and Sunwater irrigation pricing.

Contact

If you have any questions about the 2021-24 irrigation pricing discounts, please contact irrigationenquiries@rdmw.qld.gov.au.

Last updated: 16 Aug 2021