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  • WGGA Membership 2014-15 – REMINDER
  • Webinar on wine language – 2 September
  • WFA Outlook Conference – REMINDER
  • Crush 2014 Symposium – 25 & 26 September
  • Wine Industry Environment Conference – 25 September
  • 2015 Science Awards – Now Open!
  • ATO warns against treating employees as contractors
  • Reducing Harm in Agriculture program
  • Progress on Biosecurity Bill 2014
  • Basin-wide Environmental Watering Strategy – Open for Comment


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WGGA Membership 2014-15 – REMINDER

It’s not too late to receive this year’s special offers for renewing or new WGGA memberships!

Join before 30 September 2014 and take advantage of the following:

  • 50% discount on subscriptions to Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine
  • 30% off selected books from the Winetitles Bookstore
  • 50% discount on a winejobs.com.au posting
  • Complimentary Biosecurity User’s Manual
  • VineBiz CD

PLUS, go into the draw to win either a $100 Winetitles Bookstore voucher or a WGGA umbrella!

Your membership helps ensure growers have an authoritative voice on national issues affecting the industry.  Join WGGA today and be heard!

Learn more about the benefits of WGGA membership at the WGGA website or call (08) 8133 4400.

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Webinar on wine language – 2 September 2014

The Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) are hosting a “Keep it Simple: Do we overcomplicate our wine language?” webinar on 2 September 2014 at 5:00pm (AEST).

The forum will include an international audience and will examine a global look at the role and development of wine language.

To register visit the Wine Communicators of Australia website

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WFA Outlook Conference – REMINDER

Registrations are still open for the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia’s (WFA) Wine Industry Outlook Conference.  It will be held over two days on 1-2 October 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide, South Australia.

WGGA Executive Director Lawrie Stanford will speak and present the 2014 Vintage Report & 2015 Vintage Outlook with WFA Chief Executive Paul Evans.  Following this will be an expert panel session on Pricing, Profitability and the Sustainability of grape and wine supply, which will feature WGGA member and FABAL CEO Ashley Keegan.

Visit the Outlook Conference website for more details.

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Crush 2014 Symposium – 25 & 26 September 2014

The Wine Innovation Cluster (WIC) is hosting a two-day national symposium on 25-26 September 2014 at the Waite Campus in Adelaide, South Australia.

‘Crush 2014’ is dedicated to grape and wine research and will provide a forum for researchers, students and technologist in both viticulture and oenology to discuss the application of their work to the challenges faced by the wine sector into the future.

WGGA is one of the sponsors of this event and will have a presence over the two days.

Learn more at the Wine Innovation Cluster website

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Wine Industry Environment Conference – 25 September 2014

The 7th Australian Wine Industry Environment Conference (AWIEC) is scheduled for 25 September 2014 at the Charles Hawker Conference Centre in Adelaide, South Australia.

This year’s program has the theme ‘Smart Business’ and will focus on three keys areas critical to the future sustainability of the industry: Water, Energy and Adaptation.  Presentations will be aimed at improving business sustainability and environmental performance.

Early bird rates are available before 5 September.

Visit the SA Wine Industry Association website to view the conference program and register.

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2015 Science Awards – Now Open!

Grant applications are now open for the 2015 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

There are twelve award categories, each including a grant of up to $22,000 for young scientists, researchers and innovators with original projects that aim to keep Australia’s rural industries sustainable and profitable.

Applications are open to young people between 18 – 35 years, who are working, employed or studying in agriculture, fisheries or forestry related industries.

Applications close 3 October 2014.

To learn more visit the Department of Agriculture website or phone (02) 6272 2260.

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ATO warns against treating employees as contractors

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning business owners to be careful when distinguishing between employees and contractors.

Workers who have their own ABN, work infrequently or only do short jobs/tasks, aren’t necessarily contractors.

Employees work in your business and are part of the business, where a contractor runs their own business.

For further information visit the ATO website

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Reducing Harm in Agriculture program

Reducing Harm in Agriculture is a program designed to improve safety performance throughout the Agricultural supply chain.  Businesses can become members of the program and help drive change through various initiatives, and in doing so, assist with reducing the anguish of workplace accidents.

The program has been developed by industry, for industry, and is being managed by Ag in Compliance – provider of a centralised platform for the agriculture industry to manage workplace safety inductions.

For more information visit the Reducing Harm in Agriculture website

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Progress on Biosecurity Bill 2014

In July 2014 the Minister for Agriculture, Hon Barnaby Joyce, announced the government’s plans to progress the Biosecurity Bill 2014 to replace the Quarantine Act 1908.

The Bill is being developed to underpin a more modern and responsive biosecurity system and will feature improvements such as:

  • A reduction in business compliance costs
  • New powers to allow the Commonwealth to respond to biosecurity risks
  • Allowing a business or individual (not just the goods themselves) to be considered when deciding on the importation of goods or undertaking biosecurity activities.

For more information visit the Department of Agriculture website or contact the Biosecurity Consultation Team on 1800 040 629.

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 Basin-wide Environmental Watering Strategy – Open for Comment

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) are inviting interested parties to give feedback on a draft long-term strategy for environmental watering in the Murray-Darling Basin.

The strategy builds on the Basin Plan and is intended to help environmental water holders, Basin state governments and waterway managers plan and manage environmental watering at a Basin scale and over the long term.

A series of community meetings will be held throughout SA, NSW and Victoria in early September to provide an opportunity for people to hear more.

The draft strategy is open for public comment until 26 September 2014, with the final version being published at the end of the year.

Visit the MDBA website to learn more.


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