Australian dam desilting rebate

The Dam Desilting Rebate provides a rebate of up to 25 per cent of the cost of a private contractor to desilt your dam on your drought-declared property up to a maximum of amount of $25,000 per Property Identification Code (PIC), per financial year. More information regarding the rebate including qualifying and applying can be found in the guidelines .

The Dam Desilting Rebate is funded by the Australian Government and is administered by the Queensland Government (in Queensland only).

It is compulsory that you obtain an endorsed Dam Desilting Statement before paying for dam desilting. The statement provides assurance that the proposed desilting activity can be considered for the rebate and is within the typical range of costs for dam desilting.

Guidelines and forms

For claims between 1 July 2018 and the start of the scheme on 5 April 2019

If you undertook dam desilting between 1 July 2018 and the start of the scheme on 5 April 2019 you do not need to have a pre approved Dam Desilting Statement by a DAF officer.  You will still require a statement showing the work undertaken. You may lodge the claim (including both the statement and form) directly with DAF.

Contact details

Please contact the DAF Customer Call Centre regarding any queries about the rebate on 13 25 23 or email

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