Planning and Financing Your Job

Our soil conservation officers and engineers ensure that the planning and construction of each job is optimal in terms of effectiveness and value for money.

Earthworks programs are often part of an overall property plan that incorporates other management issues such as land use strategies, fencing, tree planting and water reticulation. In this way, the owner is able to develop their property in an orderly, integrated way, consistent with their needs and budget.

The Rural Assistance Authority provides low-interest finance to primary producers for soil and water conservation works. With generous repayment terms, this scheme has been used to finance many jobs, allowing the client to benefit from implementing an entire works programs in one go.

SCS staff are familiar with the eligibility criteria and can assist clients with their loan application. With the cost of soil conservation works fully tax deductible in the year of expenditure, there may be substantial benefits for property owners investing in a works program.

Please note certain works may require approvals or licences from local, state or federal governments. It is the responsibility of the landholder to ascertain any such requirements and obtain any necessary approvals or licences.

For more information please contact your local Soil Conservation Service representative, or email

Page last updated/reviewed: 31 Mar 2014