1.  Changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate

On 19 September 2012 the Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 5) Bill was presented to parliament, and if passed will result in amendments to the WET wine producer rebate scheme.  These amendments are:

a)  A wine producer is NOT entitled to the WET producer rebate on wine that has already had a WET producer rebate claimed on it.

b)  If a wine producer acquires wine from a third party and uses it in further manufacture, the amount of producer rebate to which they are entitled must be reduced by an amount equal to the rebate claimed by the earlier producer.

The measure is intended to take effect from 1 December 2012, or at the date of royal assent – whichever is later.

More information can be found through the following:


2.  Wine Law Seminar in Adelaide on 14 November 2012

Legalwise Seminars are coordinating a Wine Law Seminar to be held on Wednesday 14 November 2012 in Adelaide, SA.  Presentations will be given by prominent lawyers and wine industry experts, covering the following key issues:

  • Intellectual property and the wine business   (Stephen Stern, Corrs Chambers Westgarth)
  • Trade and compliance  (Steve Guy, Wine Australia)
  • Common wine industry contracts and agreements  (Mark Hamilton, Grope Hamilton Lawyers)

A wine tasting evening hosted by Henschke will follow the event, for interested delegates.

WGGA members will receive a 10% discount on the normal registration fee.

To register click here to download the registration page or contact Legalwise Seminars on (02) 9387 8133 for further information.


3.  Dimethoate suspensions continued to October 2013

In October 2011, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) suspended the use of dimethoate on a number of food crops due to dietary risks.  The suspension period has now been extended to 5 October 2013.

More information on the suspension can be found in the APVMA Gazette Notice for 25 September 2012:- http://www.apvma.gov.au/publications/gazette/2012/19/gazette_20120925.pdf


4.  Churchill Fellowships for 2013 open

Applications for the 2013 Churchill Fellowships open on Thursday 1 November 2012.  Churchill Fellowships provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to undertake research opportunities that are not readily available in Australia, for the applicant’s chosen field of activity.

If you are interested in applying or learning more, an Information Reception is being conducted on Wednesday 7 November 2012, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, at the Hawke Institute, University of SA West Campus, Adelaide.  The session will explain the application process and allow guests to hear from past fellows.  Attendance is FREE and light refreshments will be provided.  To register for this Information Sessions visit http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/4586837354.

Further information regarding the Churchill Fellowships can be obtained at: http://www.churchilltrust.com.au/applications/faq/.

Applications close 20 February 2013.


5.  Winetitles National Grapegrower Survey

Winetitles, publisher of the Wine Industry Directory, are undertaking a National Grapegrower Survey and free Wine Industry Directory listing for participants in a “grower listings section” of the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory.

Our organisation is supporting it, together with the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and the Riverland Winegrape Growers Association (RWGA) because it assists the process of developing a national vineyard database as well as data collection that helps industry and participating grower’s planning.

Completing the survey is easy and can be done in the following ways:

  • Online at http://www.winetitles.com.au/wid/new
  • Hard copy form that can be faxed or posted directly to Winetitles
    (see attached)
  • Telephone by calling Kate Dawson at Winetitles on (08) 8369 9521

Survey responses are required by Thursday 15 November 2012.


6. Training available on IR matters

The South Australia Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) has developed considerable expertise in IR matters and a Business Services Unit within the organisation is available to be engaged for training sessions – with content tailored to individual state arrangements.

Some of the topics around which a session may be customised are –

  • Managing performance and terminating employment
  • Know your award better – Wine Industry Award 2010
  • Vintage rostering and complying with the Code of Working Hours
  • Federal paid parental leave
  • Long service leave
  • Desktop compliance audits for work health and safety.

Enquiries can be made through Sarah Hills, the SAWIA Business Services Manager, or Brian Smedley, Chief Executive at 08 8222 9277 or [email protected]


7.  WGGA Guidelines on Effective Negotiating for Growers

WGGA has prepared a set of guidelines on effective negotiating for growers to improve their business outcomes.  It covers:

  • Key steps of Preparation, Negotiation and Striking a Deal
  • What to do when negotiations get stuck
  • How to negotiate a dispute
  • What to do when negotiations break down completely

Please refer to the WGGA website (www.wgga.com.au/winegrape-sales/winegrape-contracts-resources-for-growers) to access the complete set of guidelines or contact the WGGA Office on
(08) 8133 4400.


8.  ABARES Regional Outlook Conference in Toowoomba

The last of this year’s ABARES Regional Outlook conferences held around Australia is scheduled for Thursday 25 October 2012 in Toowoomba, QLD.  While not directly catering to wine people to the north and south of Toowoomba, some of the topics may be of interest.  The latter include:

  • National and international issues affecting the region   (Jammie Penm, ABARES)
  • World agribusiness – finance and risk from a bankers perspective   (Mark Bennett, ANZ)
  • Commodity outlook and farm performance   (Peter Collins, ABARES)

To register or to make an enquiry call (02) 6272 3051, email [email protected] or visit the website at http://www.daff.gov.au/abares/conferences-events/regional-outlook/toowoomba.


9.  Local Land Services to provide advice and support to NSW farmers

The NSW Government has announced the creation of Local Land Services – a single coordinated agency replacing the 13 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), 14 Livestock Health & Pest Authorities (LHPAs), and incorporating agricultural advisory services currently provided by Agriculture NSW (part of the Department of Primary Industries).

The new structure for agricultural services, called Local Land Services, will deliver locally prioritised services including:

  • Agricultural advice
  • Plant and animal pest control and biosecurity
  • Natural resource management
  • Emergency and disaster assessment and response

A reference panel chaired by Dr John Keniry AM (Natural Resources Commissioner) will be appointed to develop the service, working alongside Mick Keogh (Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute) and will be fully operational in January 2014.

Throughout the development phase, farmers and landholders will still be able to access existing services from DPI, LHPAs and CMAs.

Further information is available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/locallandservices



If you have any questions regarding the above please feel free to contact us:

Lawrie Stanford | Executive Director       E: [email protected]
Kelly Bonser       | Office Administrator   E: [email protected]