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

ABS Ag stats highlight value of irrigated annual crops

One serve per day for 30 million people, for a full year,is what ABS figures (released this week) tell us Australia's rice growers produced in 2016-17. ABS figures pointed to a year with more water availability and that meant production of annual crops, like cotton...

Sensible decision to keep Basin Plan alive

Labor’s decision to vote to keep the Basin Plan going is a sensible move that enables everyone to get on with the tough job of implementation, says National Irrigators Council CEO, Steve Whan. Steve Whan said “the Basin Plan was introduced with bipartisan support in...

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.