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Regional Vineyard Care Workshops for Growers – April & May

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), in association with Plant Health Australia (PHA) and WGGA, are running a series of workshops aimed at helping growers with biosecurity and post-harvest vineyard management.

The workshops are being ran throughout April & May 2014 in SA, WA, QLD, NSW and VIC.

Details of exact dates, locations and presenters are on the WGGA website – Vineyard Care Workshops

The workshops cost $10 per person (includes morning tea and lunch) and bookings are made online.

Come down and meet WGGA staff and collect your FREE Biosecurity Manual!

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Wine Australia Roadshows 2014

The Wine Australia Corporation (WAC) are conducting a series of roadshows aimed at promoting Australia’s food and wine through Tourism Australia’s ‘Restaurant Australia’ campaign.  It will look at how wine and food experiences in regions could be recognised and globally promoted, as well as providing an update on WAC’s:

  • current focus
  • partnership opportunities through the 2014-15 Market Program Prospectus
  • Supply and demand data for the industry
  • Recent developments in wine regulation

The roadshows will take place throughout April & May around the country.  Visit the WAC website for full details on dates and locations.

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‘Drought Reach’ diploma for NSW farmers

Rural Skills Australia (RSA) and the NSW Government have developed a Diploma of Agriculture specifically designed for drought-affected farmers and farmers who need to plan for future drought.

30 fully-funded places are available through TAFE New England.

Further details, including eligible criteria, are available on the RSA website or by contacting Charles Impey, RSA Education Advisor, on 0419 496 876 or emailing [email protected]

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Landmark Australia announce 30 workplace placements – NSW

Rural Skills Australia (RSA) and Landmark Australia are working together to make available up to 30 structured workplace placements for primary industries or agriculture students in New England and North-West NSW.

The pilot project kicks off this year with placements at six different Landmark stores – a good opportunity for students who require placement as part of their vocational education study.

To learn more visit the RSA website or contact Melody Green, RSA Australian Apprenticeships Advisor, on 0417 825 381 or email [email protected]

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ATO Top 5 Tax Tips

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is suggesting the following top 5 tax tips for small business operators in 2014:

  1. Lighten your tax debt load – if you’re in a tight spot and worried about a tax debt, talk to the ATO about your options.  They will work with you to figure out a solution.
  2. Give your business a health check – ensure to regularly check your systems and records in order to avoid mistakes at BAS time.  Use the ATO’s business viability assessment tool to help assess the financial performance of your business.
  3. Keep up-to-date with Super changes – businesses with 20 or more employees have until
    1 July 2014 to adopt the new data and e-commerce standard (single electronic format for all super contributions), and those with 19 or fewer employees have until 1 July 2015.  Stay abroad all things super via the Small business assist tool
  4. Get your GST right – if your business’s current or projected GST turnover is $75k or more per annum you must register for GST within 21 days.  You must also keep your receipts for 5 years.
  5. Try Small Business Assist – an online service which provides easy access to information for both new and established businesses (featured in our March e-Alert).[LS1]

Want more tips from the ATO?  Visit www.ato.gov.au/Business/ for all the latest business news.

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ED blogs – have your say!

Our Executive Director provides a less formal discussion or opinion on current or “hot” industry topics via the ‘ED blog’ on our website.

The most recent blog from Lawrie explores his views on the benefits of objective measurements in sorting out supply and demand influences on winegrape price from quality rewards.

Agree or disagree?  Check it out and let him know your thoughts today! – WGGA ED blog

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National Agricultural Statistics Review – Preliminary findings

On 31 March the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) released the preliminary findings of the National Agricultural Statistics Review (NASR).

These findings are open for comment until 16 May 2014.

View the findings on the ABS website.  For more information on the NASR call 1800 638 051 or email [email protected]

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