The news that the Department of Environment will remove unnecessary audit requirements from the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Programme (OFIEP) has been
warmly welcomed by Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF). The relaxation of the requirements, which ADF has been advocating for well over 12 months, will
save programme participants in the southern-connected region of the Murray Darling Basin significant time, money and stress.
their works, in addition to the individual farm compliance documents already held by the delivery partners. All of this was at the farmers’ personal
expense and within 60 days of the end of each financial year.
provided was spent appropriately.
concerns around the cost imposition and stipulating alterations to the requirements. Farmers are now instead required to undertake an audit at the
end of their project, rather than at the end of each financial year, and may use their personal accountant rather than a costly independent auditor
to do this review.
the audits ultimately became red tape.
plus reducing the added pressure of going through an audit process,” Mr Hoey said.
to existing infrastructure delivering approximately $9800/ML worth of increased farm productivity.
involves participating farmers transferring water entitlements back to the environment that are equivalent to half the savings they achieve. In return
farmers receive government investment on their farm to improve their capacity to produce more milk from less water.