February 2020

 

Newsletter - 27 February 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES
SAWIA members save on Australia Post domestic freight
New safety resources for migrant vineyard workers
Responding to the Coronavirus as a wine business
Bushfire affected farmers and growers urged to use free assistance
Mandatory pregnancy labelling
Nick Waterman: time for change

INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
Review your grape supply contracts for unfair terms
ALDI applies for producer licences
Concessional loans for bushfire affected businesses
Nominations open for new Landscape Boards

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY
Free health and safety resource for vineyard work
New whistleblower policy obligations have commenced
Does your business comply with labour hire licensing laws?
Fair Work Commission decision on salary arrangements
Optimal sleep pattern for night shift workers

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION
Coronavirus update
Welcome back Claire Wald
NWETC launches characters campaign
Funding to support regional events and festivals
Wine Australia Production Report

SUSTAINABILITY
$0 Capex energy solutions
Disposal of burnt CCA and CCA ash
Climate and Carbon in Agriculture 2020

OTHER
Check out SAWIA’s new website
Bentleys SA offer Bushfire Assistance Package
Phylloxera detected in Yarra Valley
Farm-gate hygiene reminder for phylloxera
Dates for your diary

 

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Message from the Chief Executive
What a start to the 2020 year, with bushfires devastating a number of wine businesses and communities. Minds are now turning to recovery with new challenges for businesses on this re-building journey that will take many months and years for some.
 
The response to appeals for help and assistance have been overwhelming but there remains much work to do beyond the fire event and the donations. Each step of re-building a business and brand will need careful consideration when dealing with banks, insurers, suppliers and customers.
 
SAWIA thanks all of the people who have assisted in providing support to communities, from volunteer firefighters to emergency personnel and the Australian Defence Forces and even neighbours. There are many instances of kindness and generosity.
 
All of Australia is dealing with the coronavirus and what it means. While the impacts are yet to be quantified fully, there is no doubt there will be disruption to business as we know it. Refer to the articles below for more information.
 
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has also announced a proposed mandatory pregnancy warning label that will be considered by a ministerial forum in March 2020. Refer to the Feature Articles below for more detailed information.
 
Vintage 2020 has begun, but the cooler than normal weather has resulted in slower ripening. Even the next 14 days appear to be a continuation of cooler daytime temperatures.
 
Keep safe during the vintage period. I’m looking forward to tasting some 2020 vintage wines.


Brian Smedley

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAWIA members save on Australia Post domestic freight SAWIA members can benefit from substantial savings on domestic wine freight costs, particularly for small to medium businesses, under a new partnership between SAWIA and Australia Post.
In addition to improved pricing, there is potential for better service with a pick-up service at more locations, and an increasing frequency of pick-ups. Read More

 

 

 

New safety resources for migrant vineyard workers
To help wine businesses manage common safety risks faced by vineyard workers, SAWIA has released a series of factsheets in common languages spoken by workers: English, Dari, Khmer, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
The factsheets cover worker safety, managing work in extreme heat, hazardous manual tasks and managing fatigue at work.
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Responding to the Coronavirus as a wine business
The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern. This means that national governments have obligations to help manage the spread of the disease.
At the local level, employers have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of their workers and other persons, so far as is reasonably practicable.
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Free assistance for bushfire affected farmers and growers
Rural Business Support (RBS) is encouraging eligible farmers and growers affected by bushfires to work with a rural financial counsellor to weigh up options and find a way forward. RBS offers a free, independent and confidential service which can support your financial, insurance and business needs.
Beyond Blue also has important information available to help with mental recovery. See the article below which outlines State Government loans of up to $500,000. Read More

 

 

 

Mandatory pregnancy labelling
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) recently provided its report into proposed mandatory pregnancy warning labels for the wine industry. The voluntary approach used by the wine industry to date is not acceptable to FSANZ.
SAWIA will continue to advocate on behalf of members for changes to the FSANZ proposal, as the outcome remains unacceptable in terms of messaging, size, colour and cost. Read More  
 

 

 

 

Nick Waterman: time for change
SAWIA’s President Nick Waterman wants the South Australian wine industry to push the envelope when it comes to offering unique wine tourism experiences.
South Australia has made great progress connecting wine with food and tourism in recent years, but there is still plenty of upside. Read More  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review your grape supply contracts for unfair terms
Wine businesses should undertake a review of contract documentation and practices (e.g. supply contracts) for any potential ‘unfair contract terms’. This follows on from the release of the Final Report of the Australian Consumer & Competition Commission.
SAWIA has prepared a summary of contract terms that, in the view of the ACCC, are potentially unfair.  Read More

 

 

 

ALDI applies for producer licences  
ALDI Supermarkets has applied to obtain producer licences for six metropolitan stores in South Australia under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997.
SAWIA has a number of concerns, including that the application appears to seek to undermine the intent of the recently reviewed liquor licensing legislation. Read More

 

 

 

Concessional loans for bushfire affected businesses
The State Government has announced details of loans of up to $500,000 over 10 years to support businesses significantly damaged by recent bushfires.
Eligible businesses need to operate in specified local government areas. There are definitions for businesses including employee numbers and turnover, to be assessed on a case by case basis. Read More

 

 

 

Nominations open for new Landscape Boards
The State Government is now seeking nominations for board members of the eight newly formed Landscape South Australia boards.
SAWIA encourages members to consider nominating for the Board in your region to help ensure that natural resources on which our industry relies are managed to support long term sustainability of our sector. Read more  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free health and safety resource for vineyard work
To keep vineyard workers fit and well, especially through vintage, wine businesses are encouraged to use the free Fit4Work health and safety resource.
Fit4Work promotes safe manual handling techniques, risk management strategies and general health and wellbeing information. Read More 
 

 

 

 

New whistleblower policy obligations have commenced
It is now a criminal offence for certain companies to not have a compliant whistleblower policy in place.
If your business already has a policy, it needs to comply with the legislation. Regardless, if your business has or needs a policy, you need to be aware that there are certain steps and safeguards that must be provided to a whistleblower. Read More

 

 

 

Does your business comply with labour hire licensing laws?
Wine and grape producers in SA who employ seasonal and temporary workers are now subject to the legal requirements of the state's labour hire licensing scheme.
Henrik Wallgren, SAWIA’s Business Services Manager, has written a detailed article to help wine businesses understand labour hire licensing and its impact on the Australian wine industry. Read More

 

 

 

Fair Work Commission decision on salary arrangements
Existing annualised salary clauses in Modern Awards will be replaced with more onerous versions following a recent decision of the Fair Work Commission.
While this decision will not result in changes to the Wine Industry Award 2010, it will result in changes to many others such as the Clerks, Manufacturing, Restaurant and Hospitality Modern Awards. Read More  
 

 

 

 

Optimal sleep pattern for night shift workers
Recent research has identified strategies to reduce the risk of fatigue for shift workers.
Workers in the research trial who followed these strategies slept nearly two hours more each day than a control group and performed better on vigilance and alertness tasks. Read More 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus update
Wine Australia has yet to determine whether it will participate in Hong Kong’s Vinexpo or whether the China Roadshow will occur in June as scheduled.
Businesses should follow the advice of relevant authorities including the Department of Health and DFAT. Current advice is do not travel to China and exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to Hong Kong.
 

 

 

 

Welcome back Claire Wald
SAWIA welcomes back Claire Wald to the Wine Course and Event Coordinator role after 12 months of maternity leave. Claire will be updating members on an exciting calendar of events and education in 2020.
SAWIA thanks Rhys Howlett who filled in for Claire during her absence. Rhys was able to build a strong relationship with members through the wine course and events programs.

 

 

 

NWETC launches characters campaign
SAWIA’s National Wine Education and Training Centre was excited to launch a new ‘Characters Campaign’ at Cellar Door Fest in early February.  
These characters are modelled on the diverse range of wine course participants and aim to reach new audiences through personalising the courses. Want to learn more about wine? Read More

 

 

 

Funding to support regional events and festivals
Organisers of regional and community events and festivals across South Australia are invited to apply for State Government grants to help support and promote their program, attract more tourists and grow the visitor economy.
Applications close on 20 March. For more information or to apply visit www.tourism.sa.gov.au.
 

 

 

 

Wine Australia Production Report
Australian wine sales exceeded production for the second year in a row according to Wine Australia’s Wine Production Sales and Inventory report 2019.
Australia’s wine crush in 2019 was 1.73 million tonnes, in line with the 10-year average. The total sales volume of Australian wine was the second highest amount ever recorded.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$0 Capex energy solutions
Investments like solar, although highly beneficial, are often not a top priority. Available funding is often the issue. P4B Energy Solutions, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner, can offer various financial solutions with rates as low as 2.7% that require zero dollars up front and are cash flow positive from day one. A further rebate to SAWIA members could see the rate drop below 2%. Read More

 

 

 

Disposal of burnt CCA and CCA ash
Do you know what to do when managing bushfire waste, including CCA posts and ash? There are options for safe disposal.
All CCA ash and CCA treated timber needs to be stored separately and should not be mixed with non-treated timber, organics or crops. CCA ash can be bagged in heavy duty plastic bags. Read More

 

 

 

Climate and Carbon in Agriculture 2020
As primary industries are presented with a range of challenges in the face of a variable climate, it leaves many asking, what are the facts, what is being done, and what can we do?
These issues will be explored at the CRSPI Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 31 March to 1 April 2020. Read more
 

 

 

 

 

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Check out SAWIA’s new website
We were delighted to launch a new and greatly enhanced website which details the full range of SAWIA services, training opportunities and the extensive resources available to members.
The new website is also supported by a much-improved CRM platform – all part of supporting SA wine businesses to thrive and grow. For help using the website, contact Rehnu Page on 8222 9277 or admin@winesa.asn.au.
 

 

 

 

Bentleys SA offer Bushfire Assistance Package
Bentleys SA are helping bushfire affected businesses through a rebuild and sustainability assistance package.
Bentleys SA will provide professional advice to help businesses rebuild and families get back on their feet. Bentleys can work with you to navigate the next steps, while providing professional advice and guidance on the available government disaster recovery grants and assistance. Read More

 

 

 

Phylloxera detected in Yarra Valley
Agriculture Victoria has confirmed new phylloxera detections in the Yarra Valley – both inside the current Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) and outside the PIZ in the Phylloxera Risk Zone (PRZ).
All detections were as a result of industry self-reporting. Refer to the Agriculture Victoria Industry Notice dated February 2020, including a map for further information.

 

 

 

Farm-gate hygiene reminder for phylloxera
With vintage underway and news of more detections of phylloxera in the Yarra Valley, it's important to remember farm-gate hygiene.
Vinehealth Australia has many resources available to help manage farm-gate hygiene. Click here to see the Vintage Toolkit, or contact Vinehealth Australia on 8273 0550 for help.

 

 

 

 

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