Establishment of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA)


AGWA CEO announced

In February 2015 it was announced that AGWA Acting CEO Mr Andreas Clark has been permanently appointed to the role, effective immediately.

You can view the Media Release via the AGWA website here.

Appointing the Chair & Directors

Following the enactment of the necessary bills on 13 December 2013, the Minister for Agriculture, The Hon Barnaby Joyce, stated that the new industry statutory body, the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), will commence on 1 July 2014.

To ensure this happens, the Chief Officers and Chairs of the four national organisations are meeting regularly to deal with transition arrangements for the GWRDC and WAC going into the AGWA.

The Minister is seeking nominations from WGGA and WFA to appoint a selection committee for the Directors of the new organisation and the Minister is considering his appointment of a Chair in discussion with industry.  Both the Chair and the Directors of AGWA will be appointed before the organisation’s commencement, with all Director’s appointed in a ‘consultant’ capacity prior to the date of commencement.

The consultants will be engaged to appoint the AGWA CEO and assist with preparations for establishing the Authoity in readiness for the 1 July commencement date.

Legislation approved for the new merged entity

The Minister announced on 14 November 2013 that the legislation for the new merged entity had been introduced.

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) is still on schedule to commence operation from 1 July 2014.

View the Minister’s press release here – ‘New merger the toast of Australia’s wine industry’

Minister agrees to Merger

After extensive industry consultation by WGGA and WFA, followed by a submission to the commonwealth Minister for Agriculture, The Hon Joe Ludwig, that related the feedback received, the Minister agreed on 3 December 2012 to proceed with the merger.  Read below the previous history about the proposed merger, including the submission made to the Minister.

Merger proposal

Merger presentation given at consultation meetings

Final submission presented to the Minister in August 2012

Benefits of the merger

The primary benefit of the proposed merger is achieving greater co-ordination of the spending of by far the major proportion of money invested by winemakers and growers in the future of the wine sector through one organisation operating under one strategic plan.  Over the past three years GWRDC has invested $22-25 million annually in Research, Development & Extension, while WAC currently invests just over $5 million annually.  This represents 90% of industry investment in national organisation activities.


During 2012, WGGA and WFA jointly prepared a proposal to rationalise the industry’s support structure by merging its two statutory bodies, the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) and Wine Australia Corporation (WAC), to create a single statutory authority.  As membership-based organisations for winegrape growers and winemakers respectively, WGGA and WFA will continue as separate organisations.