National Peak Body for Irrigated Agriculture

Ensuring the efficiency, viability and sustainability of Australian irrigated agriculture and the security and reliability of water entitlements

National Peak Body for Irrigated Agriculture

Ensuring the efficiency, viability and sustainability of Australian irrigated agriculture and the security and reliability of water entitlements

National Peak Body for Irrigated Agriculture

Ensuring the efficiency, viability and sustainability of Australian irrigated agriculture and the security and reliability of water entitlements

Media Release

Support farmers in drought, but protect water property rights says NIC

The National Irrigators' Council says its members support Government exploring all options to assist irrigators and other farmers affected by drought – within the current water rules. NIC CEO Steve Whan said "many irrigators are on zero allocations and that is very...

Challenges from Productivity Commission 5 year review

The Productivity Commission's draft report following itsfive-year review of the Murray Darling Basin Plan provides a wake up call on some of the challenges regardingthe practical implementation of the Basin Plan, says National Irrigators' Council CEO, Steve Whan....

About Us

The National Irrigators’ Council (NIC) is the voice of irrigators across Australia.

It aims to develop projects and policies to ensure the efficiency, viability and sustainability of Australian irrigated agriculture and the security and reliability of water entitlements and to promote those projects and policies with a view to having them adopted or ratified by governments, statutory authorities and other groups and organisations.

The NIC was created in 2008 to represent the interests of irrigation entitlement holders across Australia.

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Policy

Our policy is determined by members and underpinned by our Guiding Principles and the objectives in our Strategic Plan. Strategic and policy documents are developed by the organisation through debate and resolution by members at the three general meetings of Council each year.

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Membership

membership NIC currently has 27 members. Our members represent irrigation infrastructure operators and major irrigated agricultural commodity groups. Our membership structure has four categories (A, B, C and D). Members are not individual irrigators but members of their respective representative organisations. As a non-federated body, members have equal voting rights on issues.

Stakeholders

stakeholders Developing strong relationships with the federal government, key government agencies and parliamentary representatives across all parties on issues relevant to our members in the irrigated agriculture sector are a critical part of NIC advocacy. We also work closely with other peak bodies outside our membership.