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Newsletter - 7 August 2020

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES
COVID-19 restrictions reintroduced
Member survey shows high level of satisfaction
Employment Fundamentals seminars: book now
How Jobkeeper 2.0 affects your business
COVID-19 travel restrictions: Victoria
Pregnancy warning labels become mandatory
SAWIA’s wine courses are up and running

INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
Changes to SA Government Ministry
Check your new liquor licensing fees

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY
Labour hire licensing laws change again
Know your mandatory training requirements
Mandatory quad bike safety improvements
Hostplus update

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION
Apply now for Wine Tourism Awards
Upcoming events
Export Market Development Grants update
Upcoming wine competitions

SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT
Draft Waste Strategy would impact wine supply chain
Seminar: Future Proof Your Energy Costs
Energy efficiency grants for small business
Positive start to year for water allocations
ABARES water market outlook
Cudlee Creek dams are clean after fires

OTHER
Finlaysons – The Wine (Off) Roadshow
Vintage 2020
New Phylloxera requirements
Nominate for awards
Dates for your diary

 

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Message from the Chief Executive
COVID-19 restrictions are being reintroduced in South Australia. We have been very fortunate so far, but must remain vigilant and continue to follow the rules including 1.5 metre social distancing, density requirements and good hand hygiene. Otherwise we may experience what the alternative can be, as seen in Victoria. Refer to the Feature Article  below.

The State Government announced changes to the Ministry with some key portfolios impacting on the wine industry. Refer to the Industry & Government section for details. We welcome the Ministers to their new portfolios and look forward to working with them.

We have seen the passage through State Parliament of the Labour Hire Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2019. Make sure you understand and apply the new rules. Refer to the article in the Employee Relations & Work Health Safety section for details.

The Liquor Licensing (Liquor Production and Sales Licence) Amendment Bill 2020 became law on 25 June. SAWIA supported this Bill, which reinforced Parliament’s intention that alcohol not be sold in supermarkets. This was important as ALDI had made applications for liquor sales in the supermarket aisles as wine producers. The legislation, which is both prospective and retrospective, removes any uncertainty and ALDI has now withdrawn its applications.

The State Government has been pursuing changes to repeal five current Acts, including the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Act, and create a new Biosecurity Act. A draft Review Directions Paper has been considered and a stakeholder meeting was held on 30 July 2020. SAWIA continues to strongly advocate on behalf of members, working closely with Vinehealth Australia and the Wine Grape Council of South Australia to ensure our industry remains protected from biosecurity threats.

A Ministerial Forum meeting held on 17 July 2020 voted to accept the pregnancy labelling reforms after considering the outcome of the FSANZ review. There is a three-year transition period to implement the changes. Refer to the Feature Article below.

The SAWIA 2019-20 Member Annual Appraisal results show SAWIA scored a record high 90 out of 100, for overall value of services. Refer to the Feature Article below for details. Also, a reminder that membership subscription forms are now due. If you need a form, please contact Rehnu Page on 8222 9277 or rehnu@winesa.asn.au.

Just a reminder that SAWIA’s Annual General Meeting is coming up on 24 September at the National Wine Centre.  Notices will be going out this month and I look forward to seeing you there.

Brian Smedley
Chief Executive 
South Australian Wine Industry Association

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 restrictions reintroduced
Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia, announced the reintroduction of certain restrictions effective midnight 4 August 2020. This action was taken in light of the ongoing COVID-19 case numbers in Victoria, and recent cases in South Australia.
Consumption of alcohol on licensed premises will be restricted to seated consumption only, with or without food. Read more

 

 

Member survey shows high level of satisfaction
SAWIA scored 90 out of 100 for overall value of services, a record high, in our Annual Member Appraisal. Members value industry and government lobbying and representation as our most important service, followed by industrial relations. Communications was rated more highly than in past, reflecting the need to stay abreast of COVID-19 developments as well as SAWIA’s new newsletter and website.
Damion Linke won the $150 voucher. Read more

 

 

Employment Fundamentals seminars: book now
There has been a seismic shift in labour needs for many businesses in recent months. COVID-19 related rights and flexibilities are at least temporarily in place, new award versions have commenced and there have been a number of significant cases affecting employment entitlements and how people can be engaged.
SAWIA is offering two seminars in McLaren Vale and Barossa covering the latest updates on employment options and risks, remuneration and entitlements, documentation and disputes. Read more
 

 

 

How Jobkeeper 2.0 affects your business
The Federal Government has announced an extension to Jobkeeper payments, however those payments are reducing after 28 September and then again on 4 January 2021. 
Some rules are changing including that an employee’s hours of work will factor into the amount of payment. Eligibility rules are also changing. Make sure you know how this will impact your business. Read more

 

 

COVID-19 travel restrictions: Victoria
Travel restrictions were tightened on 29 July so that only essential travellers and cross border community members are able to enter South Australia from Victoria.
South Australian businesses currently operate under the limitations of an Emergency Management Direction, reinforcing the need for businesses to implement risk management strategies. Make sure you know the requirements of a COVID Safe Plan, and when your business is required to have a COVID Management Plan. Read more

 

 

Pregnancy warning labels become mandatory
Wine producers have a transition period of three years to apply new pregnancy warning labels in accordance with changes to the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Wine producers (and all packaged alcoholic beverages) will need to apply the new mandated pregnancy warning labels within the transition period that commenced on 31 July 2020. The changes will impose significant costs for our industry, so start planning now. Read more

 

 

SAWIA’s wine courses are up and running
SAWIA's National Wine Education & Training Centre wine courses have resumed, starting with a well-attended Wine Essentials course on 22 July 2020. A two-day (weekend) Understanding Wine course commenced on 1 August, and the 5-week Understanding Wine course started on the evening of 6 August.
SAWIA members receive a 15% discount on all of our wine courses. Why not book a course as a professional development activity for your team? Read more

 

 

 

 

 

Changes to SA Government Ministry
The State Government has announced changes to the Ministry impacting on the wine industry. David Basham is the new Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, while Stephen Patterson is the new Minister for Trade and Investment. 
Existing Minister Corey Wingard picked up Transport and Infrastructure, while Deputy Premier and Attorney General Vicki Chapman is looking after Planning and Local Government. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Vincent Tarzia, is the Minister for Police, Emergency and Correctional Services. 

 

 

Check your new liquor licensing fees
New, and in many cases increased, liquor licensing fees commenced on 1 July 2020. While some liquor licence fees have been waived by the South Australian State Government in response to COVID-19, others have not.
Licence holders should check annual licence fees as the transition to new liquor licence categories and fee structures has resulted in some concerning results. It is also a good time to undertake risk assessments and review management plans. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labour hire licensing laws change again
The South Australian Parliament passed the Labour Hiring Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2020 which commenced operation on 20 July 2020. With the passing of this legislation, labour hire licensing will now only be required for “prescribed work” – this includes work connected to grapes.
Other key changes include the removal of the risk of imprisonment, and providers now needing to supply hosts/clients with a Labour Hire Worker Information Notice. Read more

 

 

Know your mandatory training requirements
What types of training do you need to provide your workers to meet legal obligations?
In collaboration with industry, SAWIA has created a safety training resource to help answer that question. A wine industry training matrix identifies training that is commonly undertaken, and lists both accredited courses as well as risk-based training for people working in the industry. Read more

 

 

Mandatory quad bike safety improvements
Mandated improvements to quad bike safety, including rollover protection, will be gradually phased in from October 2020. These changes will apply to all new general-use quad bikes sold in Australia and to any second-hand bikes imported and sold in Australia.  
To help manufacturers, a two-year transitional period allows a graduated approach to the implementation of safety design features. Read more

 

 

Hostplus update
Hostplus, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner, has provided a superannuation update for wine industry employers and employees.
The catastrophic bushfires of last summer, regional floods, the emergence of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and a downturn of the financial markets earlier this year all had significant impacts on our economy, employment and jobs, social norms and structures, and more broadly our general way of life. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

Apply now for Wine Tourism Awards
Apply now for the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards, which celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism. The awards provide an opportunity for wineries to gain exposure and recognition for leading wine tourism experiences.
The seven category winners will go into the running to win an International Best of Wine Tourism Award, providing global brand exposure, media opportunities and benchmarking with overseas wine tourism offerings. Read more
 

 

 

Upcoming events
Wine Australia's Senior Analysts Angelica Crabb and Sandy Hathaway are hosting a webinar to provide insights into the 2020 vintage report and analysis of the performance of export markets, including the impact of COVID-19 on exports. Register here
Growing Wine Tourism and Growing Wine Exports are being offered as online workshops by Wine Australia Register here

 

 

Export Market Development Grants update
In response to COVID-19, the Government has made a number of updates to the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme. This includes waiving the export performance test.
In the 2019–20 grant year, a total of 4,015 recipients received a combined total of $192.2 million. Read more 
 

 

 

Upcoming wine competitions
A number of wine competitions are now open for entries. For more information, click on the following events: International Wine and Spirit Competition (London), Japan Wine Challenge 2020 and Winestate New Releases.

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Waste Strategy would impact wine supply chain
Green Industries SA (GISA) has released a draft Waste Strategy for 2020-25 that aims to support South Australia’s transition to a circular economy. The strategy targets zero avoidable waste to landfill by 2030.
GISA’s proposed priority action to advocate for more regulation on packaging waste could profoundly impact the wine supply chain. SAWIA is seeking members’ views in preparing a submission. Read more

 

 

Seminar: Future Proof Your Energy Costs
Following strong positive feedback from recent seminars in McLaren Vale and Coonawarra, P4B Solar & Energy Solutions (SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner) is now offering Future Proof Your Energy Costs seminars in Clare, Riverland, Barossa and Adelaide Hills/Langhorne Creek.
The 90-minute seminars will help you understand everything you need to know about the solar assessment project, and arm you with the knowledge to make sure your solar project is a success. Read more
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Energy efficiency grants for small business
Small businesses with a turnover of up to $10 million can apply for grants from $5,000 to $20,000, to help save energy through equipment upgrades (not solar panels), energy monitoring or energy audits.
There is a limit of three projects per federal electorate, and selection of successful applications includes consideration of submission date, so early application is encouraged. Read more

 

 

Positive start to year for water allocations
The allocation of Class 3 (high security) River Murray water for 2020-21 has increased to 81%. Allocations are projected to reach 100% by November 2020 even if an exceptionally dry scenario plays out over the next six months. The Bureau of Meteorology’s three-month outlook indicates further rainfall is likely.
Private carryover will also be available for eligible water users. Read more

 

 

ABARES water market outlook 
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has released its latest Water Market Outlook report.
Prices were high in the first half of 2019/20, but have fallen and are likely to be lower in 2020/21. Read more

 

 

Cudlee Creek dams are clean after fires
Testing of water in dams in the Cudlee Creek fireground has revealed negligible levels of contaminants that could have arisen from burnt CCA-treated timber. All samples returned concentrations of copper, chromium and arsenic that are well below national guidelines for livestock water.
Vineyards and wineries located in areas prone to bushfires are reminded to store CCA timber and posts safely. Read more
 

 

 

 

 

 

Finlaysons’ Wine (Off) Roadshow 28
Fortifying your business”, building resilience by learning from the events of 2020, is the theme of Finlaysons’ 28th Wine Roadshow on 16 and 17 September 2020.  This year the event will be by way of webinar and will be free of charge.  
The webinar, split over two sessions, will tackle crisis management, specifically for the Wine sector.  How can wine businesses be better prepared for disaster in future?  Click here to register or obtain more information

 

 

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The 2020 National Vintage Report and the SA Winegrape Crush report revealed the South Australian crush of winegrapes was 651,195 tonnes, the smallest crush since 2007. This is 15% less than 2019, and 12% below the 10-year average.
The top three regions by volume in 2020 were the Riverland with 461,385 tonnes, McLaren Vale with 28,571 tonnes and Barossa Valley with 28,326 tonnes. Read more

 

 

New Phylloxera requirements
New phylloxera requirements in South Australia’s Plant Quarantine Standard took effect on 21 July.
Changes include prohibition of steam as a sterilisation treatment method for machinery or equipment being imported into SA. The entry of used netting, trellis posts, vine guards, dripper tube, wire and clips into SA is also now prohibited. Read more

 

 

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The Australian Women in Wine Awards 2020 have been launched, with the winners of seven award categories to be announced on 24 November. Click here to nominate
Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships is a unique program that awards primary producers with a life-changing scholarship to travel overseas and study an agricultural topic of choice. Click here for more information

 

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 11 August, Australian Wine Supply and Demand Update, Webinar  July, Six Strategies for Successful Online Events Post-lockdown, webinar  
  • 11 August, Future Proof your energy costs to set up (Clare Valley), Register here
  • 18 August, Future Proof your energy costs to set up (Berri, Riverland), Register here
  • 20 August, Future Proof your energy costs to set up (Waikerie, Riverland), Register here
  • 25 August, Employment Fundamentals, McLaren Vale, webinar
  • 27 August, Employment Fundamentals, Barossa, webinar
  • 1 September, Future Proof your energy costs to set up (Barossa Valley), Register here
  • 8 September, Future Proof your energy costs to set up (Adelaide Hills & Langhorne Creek), Register here
  • 17 September, Finlaysons Wine (Off) Roadshow, Online

Due to COVID-19, many local and global events that were scheduled for 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. Please check event websites for details.

 

 

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