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  • WGGA AGM to be held in conjunction with WFA AGM
  • Code of Conduct 2015 Annual Report available
  • WGGA seeking a new Executive Director
  • Wine Law Seminar – Ticket Giveaway
  • Latest news from Wine Australia
  • Latest news from the ASBC
  • Have your say on new biosecurity regulations
  • 2015 National Biological Farming Conference & Expo

 

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WGGA AGM to be held in conjunction with WFA AGM

This year, the WGGA Annual General Meeting with be held in conjunction with the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia AGM.

The combined event will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 10 November 2015 at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, South Australia.  The WGGA AGM will run first, followed by the WFA AGM.  The day will wrap up with a joint Q&A panel discussion followed by networking drinks.

Further details are available on the WGGA website, including the Notice of Meeting.

Please note that last year’s draft AGM minutes as well as the 2014-15 financials will both be available to WGGA members for viewing prior to the meeting – watch our website for these documents.

Any enquiries can be directed to WGGA on (08) 8133 4400 or [email protected]

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Code of Conduct 2015 Annual Report available

The 2015 Annual Report of the Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct between winegrape growers and winegrape purchasers has recently been released.

A major achievement for the year outlined in the report was the reform made to extend the dispute resolution period for price disputes to overcome the difficulty growers and winemakers had in dealing with price complaints during the busy harvest period.

The Annual Report can be downloaded from the Code of Conduct website, as well as other related information including FAQ’s and how wine companies can become signatories.

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WGGA seeking a new Executive Director

Over the next 12 months, WGGA has committed to participate in a collaborative industry-endorsed process to look at how representative organisations can contribute to a return to profitability for the wine sector, including exploring options for developing a strong collective voice.

WGGA is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director who, together with the Chair of WGGA, will participate actively in this process.

The position is for an initial 12-month contract and is based at the WGGA office in Adelaide, South Australia.

To download the position description or learn more visit the WGGA website

Applications close 30 October 2015.

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Wine Law Seminar – Ticket Giveaway

The Fourth Annual Wine Law Seminar will be held on Wednesday 11 November 2015 at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Adelaide, South Australia.

This year’s program will cover the following topics:

  • Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) – the top 10 issues and how to avoid them
  • Wine Industry Code of Conduct – the code and contracting between growers and winemakers
  • Free Trade Agreements – industry insight and the issues surrounding FTA’s
  • Legal compliance, regulatory and labelling
  • Liquor Licensing Act and Development Act considerations

The event organisers Legalwise Seminars are offering WGGA members a discounted price of $350 (normally $450) to attend the event.

In addition, one complimentary pass to a WGGA member is on offer.  First in first served – contact the WGGA office on (08) 8133 4400 to grab the ticket.

To learn more about the event visit the Legalwise Seminar’s website

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Latest news from Wine Australia

Some recent information from Wine Australia (AGWA) that may be of interest:

 

New report shows growth in US at premium price points

Wine Australia recently released the United States off-trade still wine sales trend report for the year ended June 2015.  The report shows that while the US market continues to grow, Australian wine sales have declined in recent years driven by a decline in bulk wine exports.  However, the latest data shows demand for Australian wine has been growing in the higher price segments.

The full report is available through Winefacts on the Wine Australia website.

 

Spray application research

A Wine Australia funded project was established to help growers maximise spray coverage while reducing environmental risks from agrichemicals and machine applicators.

Data from two years of intensive work by the University of Queensland is now available and being used to develop best practice models for use in Australian conditions.

Further details are available on the RD&E news webpage on the Wine Australia website.

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Latest news from the ASBC

Recent news from the Office of the Australian Small Business Commissioner (ASBC) that may be of interest:

 

Working out wages and entitlements for your employees

The Fair Work Ombudsman has released the mobile-friendly Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) that combines pay, shift and leave calculators.

Visit the Fairwork website to learn more.

 

A cyber safe business

‘Stay Smart Online Week’ is occurring from 12-16 October 2015 and is designed to help people understand the risks and steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.

Visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website to learn more.

 

Changing your business structure

If you want to change your business structure, Business.gov.au has developed a new interactive checklist which covers key points such as taxes, liabilities, responsibilities, asset protection and ongoing costs.

Visit the Business.gov.au website to learn more.

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Have your say on new biosecurity regulations

The Australian Government has released the first draft regulation under the new Biosecurity Act 2015, which takes effect next year on 16 June 2016.

The first release – the Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis Regulation (BIRA regulation) – has been released for a three month consultation period.

All interested people and organisations are invited to provide comment on the exposure draft regulation with submissions closing on 30 November 2015.

Visit the Department of Agriculture’s website for more information.

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2015 National Biological Farming Conference & Expo

Registrations are now open for the 2015 National Biological Farming Conference and Expo.

Organised by SoilCare Incorporated, the event will run from 6-8 November 2015 at the Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales.

The conference will feature 25 international and national experts, as well as more than 30 exhibitors showcasing their regenerative agriculture products and services.  Its aim is to provide a national cross-industry forum to enable farmers, service providers and product manufacturers to share information and learn more about better food production methods and how to put these into practice.

Visit SoilCare’s website to book your tickets or learn more about the program.  Alternatively, queries can be directed to Bonnie Walker on (02) 6628 1788.

 

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