Resource Productivity Assessments

A Resource Productivity Assessment aims to identify opportunities for improving your business operations by making it more efficient, saving resources (materials, water, energy), preventing waste and increasing productivity, all of which can help reduce operating costs and improve business performance and profitability.


Applicants must:

  • hold an SA Water volume and load based trade waste discharge authorisation.


  • be a commercial business operating in South Australia that can provide evidence of generating and discharging trade waste at levels above or within 20% of the following volume and load-based thresholds (at least one threshold must have been met continuously since 1 January 2015 on a 12 month rolling average basis):
    • 10 tonnes Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) or Suspended Solids (SS) per year
    • 20 tonnes Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) per year
    • 10 ML volume per year


  • be licensed under Section 6 – Food production and Animal and Plant Processing of South Australia's Environment Protection Act 1993 (refer to Application Guidelines for details).

To be eligible for grant funding, a Resource Productivity Assessment must:

  • identify opportunities for improving the way trade waste (commercial and industrial wastewater) is managed to reduce volume and/or improve the quality discharged to sewer or by other means
  • relate trade waste improvements to other aspects of your businesses such as operational and materials efficiency, energy and water efficiency, and solid waste management
  • prioritise improvement recommendations giving consideration to your business' economic and environmental sustainability, considering payback and return on investment, and impacts to the trade waste discharge environment
  • be delivered by a member of the Preferred Supplier List, and in accordance with the Resource Productivity Assessment Guidelines.

You may seek quotes from one or more members of the Preferred Supplier List, and your selected quote will form the basis of a grant application.
Detailed eligibility criteria are available in the Application Guidelines.

Resource Productivity Assessment Guideline Resource Productivity Assessment Guideline (266 KB)

Trade Waste Application Guidelines Trade Waste Application Guidelines (443 KB)

Resource Productivity Assessment Application Form Resource Productivity Assessment Application Form (46 KB)

Funding available

Up to $10,000 (plus GST) in matched (1:1) grant funding is available for a Resource Productivity Assessment delivered by a member of the Preferred Supplier List. Successful applicants will be expected to fund a minimum 50% of assessment costs.
Funds will be made available via application within specified funding rounds, and allocated through a Grant Agreement (view the Grant Agreement template here) which will establish payment terms and conditions.
Applications will be assessed and awarded on an ongoing basis throughout grant rounds. Results are typically known within 4-6 weeks of application.

Round four funding open - applications, closing Friday 30 November 2018

For queries please contact:

Oliver Lovat

Project Officer, Trade Waste Initiative: 0437 641 138