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South Australian River Murray Sustainability Programme (SARMS)

The National Partnership Agreement on South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (the NPA) commits $265 million of Australian Government funding to the South Australian Government to support a healthy working Murray-Darling Basin. The NPA is comprises two parts: Part A and Part B, which will deliver the following elements:

  • Part A will deliver the $80 million South Australian River Murray Irrigation Efficiency and the $40 million South Australian Government Water Purchase Elements (Schedule A), which is managed by the Department of the Environment. It will also deliver the $25 million South Australian Regional Economic Development Element (Schedule B), which is managed by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; and
  • Part B will deliver the $120 million South Australian River Murray Irrigation Industry Assistance Element (Schedule A). The Commonwealth responsibilities of this Element are managed by the Department of Agriculture.

Payments under the NPA will be made by the Commonwealth Treasury to the South Australian State Treasury in accordance with Schedule D of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations Payment Arrangements. South Australia’s responsibilities under the NPA are managed by the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s element is expected to be completed by 30 June 2017 and is made up of three components:

  • $7.5 million to redevelop the Loxton Research Centre;
  • $5.0 million for an Industry-led Research Sub-program; and
  • $12.5 million for a Regional Development and Innovation Sub-program.