Water Pilot Technology Program

Funded by the NSW Department of Industry, the Water Pilot Technology Program is part of the NSW Water Reform Action Plan.

The program will develop new technologies to assist with water regulation, and ensure compliance and better protection of environmental water in the state’s river systems.

Innovative technologies are required to:

  • enhance NSW’s capacity to detect and predict risks of non-compliance with water legislation;
  • better target compliance activities, including surveillance and programs;
  • enhance the accuracy of hydrological models used to assess annual and long term compliance with diversion limits
  • be cost-effective and straightforward to operate; and
  • improve the protection of environmental water through unregulated systems.

Grant application process

The Water Pilot Technology Program (WPTP) is providing a total grant pool of $500,000, with up to $150,000 awarded to each successful applicant. Note that this is a one-off program and there are not expected to be any future funding rounds.

Successful applicants will be required to deliver a final report on the pilot program and a prototype of the technology to the department by 30 June 2019. Read the WPTP Guidelines for Applicants to learn more about the selection criteria.

Successful applicants will be provided with a formal offer of funding and a draft Funding Deed.

How to apply

Applications have now closed.

Eligibility criteria

  • Grants will be available for project activities commenced between the date of execution of the funding agreement and 30 June 2019.
  • The applicant must be based in Australia or be able to operate in Australia.
  • The applicant must be a public or private sector research organisation, university, public or private company, association or consultancy.
  • The applicant’s proposed project must respond to the terms of the Water Pilot Technology Program – Problem Statement (Attachment A). Applicants may choose to address one of the Defined Challenges, or offer an alternative proposal which addresses the overarching Problem Statement.
  • The proposed technology must be technically feasible, and fall into at least one of the following categories:
    • sensors, meters and monitors, including remote sensors
    • software and firmware, including monitoring, image processing, reporting or modelling software
    • electronic hardware
    • a system combining any of the above systems.
  • The applicant may submit a separate application for each proposed technology. If the technologies proposed are for an integrated system, then a single proposal is welcome.

Closing date

Applications have now closed.


If you have any questions regarding the Program, please contact:

Carlos Bowkett
NSW Department of Industry
Phone: 9338 6785