National Irrigators’ Council




Membership applications are considered and decided upon by the Board according to the criteria in our Constitution. If you would like to enquire about Membership, please contact NIC.

The membership of the organisation is divided into four categories:

Category A – Direct Membership (irrigator groups). An entity is eligible to be admitted as an A Class Member if it is directly representative of owners of irrigation entitlement that is used for commercial agricultural purposes.

Category B – Non-Direct Membership (commodity groups). An entity is eligible to be admitted as B Class Members if it indirectly representative of owners of irrigation entitlement that is used for commercial agricultural purposes.

Category C – Irrigation Corporation Membership. An entity is eligible to be admitted as a C Class Member if it is an irrigation corporation.

Category D – Formal Observers Membership. An entity is eligible to be admitted as a D Class Member if it is involved directly or indirectly in the use or irrigation entitlements for commercial agricultural purposes.


All National Irrigators’ Council membership applications are subject to approval by the Board.

National Irrigators’ Council (NIC) members will:

  • Ensure that their organisation’s actions are aligned and consistent with NIC’s Statement of Principles and its Vision, Mission and Objectives.

NIC’s membership will be open to:

  • Individuals or organisations whose objectives are compatible with NIC objectives.
  • Individuals or organisations who directly or indirectly represent owners of water entitlement that is used for irrigated agriculture purposes.
  • An entity that is an irrigation corporation
  • An entity that holds water entitlement in its own right and uses that entitlement for irrigated agriculture purposes, but does not have its own members at a local level, nor an irrigation body to join at a local level.
  • Corporate institutional or private investors who trade water in Australian water markets and/or use water entitlements for irrigated agriculture purposes.

Specifically NIC membership will not be open to:

  • Third-party intermediaries that do not hold entitlement in their own right.
  • Corporate, institutional or private investors whose business models are underpinned solely by water trading.


Our members represent a diversity of organisations from food and fibre industries and irrigation infrastructure operators. Council members are not individual irrigators but members of their respective representative organisations.

Members have equal voting rights on all issues including policy development. The Council is committed to representing all irrigators regardless of their location or the food and fibre they produce. Council members meet face to face three times per year to discuss and develop key policies and advocacy. Adoption of policy is on a consensus basis.

Our current members are based throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, but as a national organisation we are open to members from across Australia.

The Almond Board of Australia facilitates the development of the almond industry whilst seeking to maximise the viability of stakeholders, the ABA supports industry members and growers.

Argyle Capital Partners manage private investments in Australia’s agricultural sector on behalf of institutional and sophisticated investors.

Australian Food & Fibre is a leading Australian agribusiness operating across NSW.

Barossa Infrastructure aims to provide a high quality water supply in the Barossa which, when applied in environmentally and viticulturally appropriate quantities, sustains crop yield and quality through dry periods at a cost that is lower than other quality water sources.

The Barwon–Darling river system is in north-western New South Wales. It takes in the Barwon River, from upstream of Mungindi at the confluence of the Macintyre and Weir rivers, to where the Barwon meets the Culgoa River. At this point the river channel becomes the Darling River and the Barwon–Darling system extends downstream to the Menindee Lakes.

Bega’s vision is to be The Great Australian Food Company by creating great food for a better future.

BRFF’s mission is to promote a healthy environment, prosperous community and productive irrigation sector in the Border Rivers through responsible and credible advocacy.

Central Downs Irrigators Limited

Central Downs Irrigators Limited (CDIL) is the peak body for irrigators in the Central Downs district.

Central Irrigation Trust, which is situated in Barmera, pumps water from the River Murray through large diameter pipeline systems to 1,600 growers who irrigate 14,000 hectares of horticultural crops in 12 Private Irrigation Districts in the Riverland Region of South Australia.

Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Limited is a member owned co-operative which supplies irrigation water to its members and customers.

Cotton Australia was established to support Australia’s cotton growers and represent their interests.

Duxton Capital

Duxton is an alternative asset management firm focusing on specialist investment opportunities for institutional, semi-institutional and high net-worth investors. Duxton specialises in agricultural land and securities as well as Asian emerging markets.

The Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association aims to build a secure future for members, the environment and the
Gwydir Valley community through irrigated agriculture.

Hancock Agriculture manages an agricultural portfolio with strategic investment in pastoral stations and agribusinessesis. The Group is committed to investing in local rural communities, developing and implementing innovative, industry-leading farming practices and driving export quality and growth.

Irrigation Australia is the peak national organisation representing the Australian irrigation industry in all sectors.

Kilter Rural was established in 2004 to deliver profit with impact – investing at scale in the regeneration of farmland, water and environmental protection.

Lachlan Valley Water is an independent industry group funded by water licence holders in the Lachlan catchment.

MRFF are food and fibre producers contributing to the economic, social and environmental health of the Macquarie Valley.

By the irrigator, for the irrigator. The St George channel scheme comprises 112 kilometres of pipelines and channels, between the Balonne River and Buckinbah pump station. It distributes water to around 50 customers, irrigating 10,000 hectares of land.

Enriching our community’s future by delivering reliable, efficient and cost-effective water to our customers in southern NSW.

Murrumbidgee Groundwater Incorporated is a service to members and interested parties to obtain information with regard to groundwater in the Murrumbidgee Valley.

Murrumbidgeee Irrigation is one of the largest private irrigation companies in Australia serving over 3,093 landholdings that is owned by over 2,300 shareholder customers within an area of 378,911 hectares.

The MPII provides provides this website as a service to members and other interested primary producers across the Murrumbidgee Valley.

Olam Orchards is a leading food and agri-business, supplying food ingredients, feed and fibre to thousands of customers worldwide, from world famous brands to small family run businesses.

Pioneer Valley Water Co-operative Limited (PVWater) is a small not-for-profit service provider, distributing water for irrigation purposes to water allocation holders in the Pioneer River Water Supply Scheme.

The Renmark Irrigation Trust serves over 600 irrigation Members and covers more than 4900 hectares throughout the Renmark District.

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) represents more than 1,000 voluntary members, and supports growers on issues affecting the viability of their business and communities. 

Riverina Winegrape Growers represents the interests of winegrape growers within the City of Griffith and the Shires of Leeton, Carrathool and Murrumbidgee.

South Australian Murray Irrigators plays a vital role in protecting the interests and livelihoods of South Australian Murray Irrigators and their communities.

Wealthcheck works with investors to build and develop agricultural holdings. They have embedded their funds into the Australian landscape with a formidable reputation for performance and ‘out of the box’ thinking and sustainable farming.

Western Murray Irrigation provides non-potable irrigation water and drainage services to three irrigation areas in southwestern NSW.