December 2020

 

Newsletter - 17 December 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES
Wine Industry snapshot shows 47% of businesses are worried about the future
Bushfire resource launched to help wine businesses
SAWIA launches new safety resource for cellar workers
Say Merry Christmas with a wine course gift voucher

INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
Further relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions
Apply now for Tourism Industry Development Fund
Small business grants available

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY
Public holidays 2020/21
Casual overtime payment obligations clarified
Changes to RSA training requirements

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION
China - Preliminary determinations for imported Australian wine
Virtual Korean Wine Market Program
Wine tourism update
Round 2 of vouchers coming soon

SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT
What your commercial solar process should look like
Bushfires - Are you protected?
Global supply update

OTHER
Business interruption insurance
Wineries contacted about music copyright licenses
Australian Women in Wine Awards
Must watch video clip....maybe 2020 wasn't so bad after all

 

 

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Message from the Chief Executive
SAWIA has released the 2020 South Australian Wine Industry Snapshot, which highlights the many issues facing our industry. While business confidence has declined, we have seen innovation and resilience in responding to these challenges. Refer to the Feature Article below for details.

The Snapshot confirmed the immediate impact of COVID-19 with closures and business trading restrictions, and concerns about cash flow and profitability. The China investigations are of concern to industry, and now with the provisional measures of 107.1% to 212.1% being applied to wine sales to China, this market is unviable for packaged product of 2 litres or less.

In the latest news, on 10 December the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced a preliminary determination for the countervailing duties investigation of 6.3% to 6.4%. Applying on and from 11 December, these percentages are additional to the anti-dumping tariffs mentioned above but small in relative terms. There are only 10 days to respond to this determination. 

While this may be a defining time for many businesses, we must continue to adapt and respond to the challenges. The wine industry has shown remarkable resilience in the past, and we must remain confident about our future.

COVID-19 restrictions changed again on 14 December and resulted in better trading conditions for our members and visitors. No active cases in the South Australian community is positive news for the holiday season.  

SAWIA is actively involved in the review of the State Government’s directions toward a new Biosecurity Act. SAWIA lodged its submission in November, and we await a draft Bill based on the Technical Directions Paper and submissions. You can also expect to hear more about the Container Deposit Scheme Review, with a Discussion Paper expected late February 2021. SAWIA will continue to strongly represent your interests. 

On behalf of all SAWIA staff I wish each of you a merry Christmas, a happy new year and a great vintage in 2021. 

Be safe over the holiday period and look out for your family, friends and colleagues.  

SAWIA will be taking a break over this period, with the office closing on 24 December and re-opening 4 January 2021.



Brian Smedley
Chief Executive 
South Australian Wine Industry Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine industry snapshot shows 47% of businesses are worried about the future
Almost half (47%) of participants of the 4th annual South Australian Wine Industry Snapshot, released last week, indicated they are worried about the future of their business. This compares to 25% of participants who were concerned last year.
The good news is that, while confidence among local wine businesses has declined amid a broad range of challenges experienced in 2020, innovation and evolution has spiked. Read more

 

 

 

Bushfire resource launched to help wine businesses
The devastating fires of the 2019-20 summer reminded the grape and wine industry of the need to be prepared for catastrophic events.
In response SAWIA has created a new wine industry focused focused bushfire resource, Preparing, responding and recovering from bushfires – A wine industry resource and workbook, to help businesses before, during and after a bushfire event. Read more

 

 

 

SAWIA launches new safety resource for cellar workers
SAWIA has released a new safety resource for cellar work, which includes illustrated guides and videos, designed to help you prevent workplace injuries and avoid unexpected costs.
The new cellar work resource is part of the free Fit4Work series and complements the safety resources previously developed for vineyard workers. Read more

 

 

 

Say Merry Christmas with a wine course gift voucher
Still looking for Christmas gifts? A wine course gift voucher is the perfect present for the wine lover in your life. 
SAWIA's National Wine Education and Training Centre wine courses are a great way to learn more about wine in a fun and friendly environment. Our brilliant team of educators have extensive experience across the wine industry and will guide you through topics such as sensory evaluation, winemaking fundamentals, wine vocabulary and much more. Read more

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions
Latest COVID changes include removal of SA border restrictions, indoor standing consumption of food and beverages now being permitted for licensed venues, a relaxed indoor density requirement of 1 person per 2 sqm, increased maximum capacity of 200 people for private functions, weddings and funerals, and employees being encouraged to return to their workplace.
Make sure you have a COVID-Safe Check-In (QR Codes) which forms part of your COVID Safe Plan. Read more

 

 

 

Apply now for Tourism Industry Development Fund
Apply now for the State Government’s Tourism Industry Development Fund, which supports and stimulates private sector investment in regional accommodation, and the development of quality tourism products and experiences. 
Funds are available for suitable shovel ready projects that can demonstrate a growth in visitor numbers and jobs to help with the recovery of regional tourism. Read more

 

 

 

Small business grants available
A Small Business Grant Program is available to support South Australian small businesses that are a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s extended JobKeeper Payment scheme from 28 September 2020 (JobKeeper extension 1) or from 4 January 2021 (JobKeeper extension 2).
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for eligible businesses with employees, and $3,000 for those without. Applications close 28 February 2021. Apply here

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public holidays 2020/21
As activity levels increase to match the pressures of the 2021 vintage, SAWIA has issued a reminder of the public holidays near the end of the year and during the vintage period.
These holidays have additional pay obligations for employers as outlined in the Wine Industry Award 2020. Read more

 

 

 

Casual overtime payment obligations clarified
A number of Modern Awards relevant to the wine industry have recently been updated by the Fair Work Commission to clarify the payment of overtime to casual employees.
In the Wine Industry Award 2020, the casual loading of 25% must be applied to overtime payments worked on a Sunday or public holiday. The casual loading is otherwise not payable on overtime. Read more

 

 

 

Changes to RSA training requirements
The requirements for Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training have changed so that only training providers approved by Consumer and Business Services are able to deliver RSA training that is valid in South Australia.
Any RSA training undertaken prior to 1 November 2020 is still valid. However, any RSA training from 1 November 2020 is only valid in SA if undertaken with one of the approved providers. Read more 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China – Preliminary determinations for imported Australian wine
On 27 November the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced a preliminary determination arising from its anti-dumping investigation into the importation of Australian Wine. Then on 10 December the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced a preliminary determination for the countervailing duties investigation of 6.3% to 6.4%.
SAWIA will ensure members are kept informed of the latest developments. Read more 
 

 

 

 

Virtual Korean Wine Market Program
SAWIA members were recently advised of the opportunity to participate in a virtual Korean Wine Market Program from 14 February to 4 March 2021.
There was very strong interest in the program, and expressions of interest have now closed. To ensure you receive notifications of these opportunities in the future, email your contact details to Rehnu Page at admin@winesa.asn.auRead more

 

 

 

 
Wine tourism update
Wine Australia has recently released a wine tourism update, highlighting the COVID-19 challenges and the road forward.
With some interstate travel halted, tourism turned intrastate with locals taking the opportunity to explore their own backyards – where restrictions allowed – providing much needed relief in many regional areas. Read more
 

 

 

 

Round 2 of vouchers coming soon
The second round of the hugely popular Great State vouchers will launch on 5 January 2021. The booking period runs from 7-31 January for travel up to 31 March (excluding Saturday nights).
Discounts on accommodation include $100 off a booking in 5000 and 5006 postcodes, and $50 off a booking in metropolitan suburbs and regional South Australia. No doubt many of these visitors will be enjoying our wine regions and cellar doors. Read more 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What your commercial solar process should look like
P4B Solar Solutions, as a proud partner of SAWIA, is pleased to announce the launch of a Commercial Solar Webinar that aims to give wine industry owners and operators the knowledge required to make a smart solar investment decision.
This not to be missed session will cover industry regulations, system sizing and technology as well as electricity pricing and existing system health checks. To find out more, or to register for this webinar, click here.
 

 

 

 

Bushfires – Are you protected?
Following the release of the new bushfire resource, Preparing, responding and recovering from bushfires – A wine industry resource and workbook, SAWIA members are reminded to be prepared. This includes checking your insurance cover and its limits.
Whether part of a bushfire, or just an unlucky fire at your premises, major damage can occur. Broken tanks, pipes and equipment can lead to large losses of wine as well. Read more

 

 

 

Global supply update
Wine Australia has recently released a Global Supply Monitor, which provides an update on global wine supply.
The northern hemisphere harvests are complete and have come in around the five-year average. Southern hemisphere producers generally have had smaller crops than in 2019. Read more

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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Business interruption insurance
COVID-19 has obviously caused much financial loss to many participants in the Australian wine sector. Some of those affected may have unsuccessfully sought indemnification under their insurance policy for “business interruption”.
A judgment delivered in November by the New South Wales Court of Appeal might give them some hope. It potentially enlivens business interruption claims that might have been denied. Read more

 

 

 

Wineries contacted about music copyright licenses
Businesses that play copyrighted music in their workplace need to have permission for the use of music or be in breach of Australian copyright law.
SAWIA has been contacted by a number of members who have been approached by an organisation called OneMusic Australia, which provides licenses/permissions. Read more
 

 

 

 

Australian Women in Wine Awards
Our congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards, celebrating and rewarding the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for everyone in the workplace.
To see all of the winners, click here.

 

 

 

Must watch video clip…maybe 2020 wasn’t so bad after all
Just when you thought the only good thing about 2020 was seeing it in the rear-view mirror, along comes comedian Ryan Reynolds with a short reminder that, well, maybe it wasn’t all bad. Watch here
Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy 2021 from all of us at SAWIA.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 28 January, What your commercial solar process should look like, Webinar
  • 24 May, Packwine Forum and Expo, Online
  • 25 May, National Bushfire Conference, TBA  

Due to COVID-19, many local and global events that were scheduled for 2020-2021 have been cancelled or postponed. Please check event websites for details.

 

 

 

 

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