July 2020

 

Newsletter - 3 July 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES
State Government continues to ease restrictions
Webinar (15 July) – Thousands of employees now award covered
Wine Award increase delay a relief for wine sector
2020 Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Report – Order now
Electricity network charges set to reduce


INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
$15 million COVID funding for businesses
Financial counselling assistance
Border opening / Need for pre-approval


EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY
Ready for pruning – Safety resources for migrant vineyard workers
Safety warning on inflating tyres
Court finds casual to be permanent – Significant risk for employers
2020/21 RTWSA industry premium rates announced
Employees not entitled to personal leave during a stand down


SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION
Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants
Upcoming awards and events


SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT
SA Water prices to fall
Webinar – Unlock funding to turn energy into revenue
Positive start to River Murray water allocations
Solar road to recovery
2020 Winter Outlook
Long term climate forecast resource


OTHER
Creditors – Improving your security position
Eco Logical Australia – New Wine Industry Sponsor
Vineyard floor management survey

 

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Message from the Chief Executive
Many businesses are making hard COVID-related decisions, impacting staff and costs. We are pleased to report that SAWIA’s strong submission to the Fair Work Commission played a key part in the decision to delay wage increases to February 2021 for the Wine Industry Award. Refer to the Feature Article below for details.  

The State Government has continued to ease restrictions, with advocacy from SAWIA and other organisations helping to achieve 1 person per two square metres spacing. This allows every business to enjoy increased patronage, and encouraging greater flexibility around tastings, wine service and tourism experiences in regions. However, tighter restrictions can be reimposed if we become complacent with the rules – 1.5 metre social distancing, density requirements and good hand hygiene. Refer to the Feature Article below for details.  

In a sign of recovery, State Parliament has passed the Labour Hire Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2019 and the Liquor Licensing (Liquor Production and Sales Licence) Amendment Bill 2020. SAWIA supported both of these Bills which become law soon.

On other reform matters, the Container Deposit Scheme Discussion Paper and the Biosecurity Act Review Directions paper have both been delayed. SAWIA continues to strongly advocate in both matters, including through Stakeholder Groups.

On pregnancy labelling reforms, FSANZ have delivered their response to the review requested by the Ministerial Forum. A Forum meeting in July will consider the report.

SAWIA welcomed a one-off $15m Strategic Business Round 2020 providing grants between $50k and $2m to drive new or enhanced activity and create jobs in regional communities. Refer to the Industry & Government section for details.

The Premier’s Industry Response and Recovery Council continues to meet regularly, providing an important forum for industry leaders to discuss COVID-related matters with the Premier while working constructively for the future of South Australia.

The 2019-20 Member Annual Appraisal has now closed, with members rating our services, providing valuable feedback and helping guide the way forward. In a pleasing sign, we had a record return rate and a record high rating for value of services to members. There will be a full report next month. In the meantime, watch for your membership subscription renewal form that will be emailed in July.

Brian Smedley
Chief Executive 
South Australian Wine Industry Association

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES

 

 

 

State Government continues to ease restrictions
The State Government has further eased restrictions to business operations. SAWIA, along with other business associations, successfully encouraged the government to review the density requirement and achieved 1 person per two square metres spacing.  
SAWIA has summarised the latest information on physical distancing, patron numbers, standing service of food and alcohol (stand up tastings), communal food or beverage service, interstate travel, COVID Safe Plans and high-risk activities. Read more

 

 

 

Webinar (15 July) – Thousands of employees now award covered
From 1 July, thousands of employees are award-covered for the first time. SAWIA is offering members a complimentary webinar on 15 July that will highlight the Fair Work Commission’s decision to extend award-coverage through a major change to the Miscellaneous Award 2020.  
Learn how the wine industry will be affected, and what you need to have in place to manage this change. Read more

 

 

 

Wine Award increase delay a relief for wine sector
Wine industry employers have been given seven months’ breathing space in relation to the 1.75% increase to award wages, thanks to successful advocacy by SAWIA.
Based on SAWIA’s submission, the Fair Work Commission determined that the National Minimum Wage increase to the Wine Industry Award 2010 would be delayed until 1 February 2021, rather than 1 July 2020. Read more
 

 

 

 

2020 Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Report – Order now 
The 2020 National Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Survey, an essential resource for managers, is now available.  
This year 60 positions have been surveyed across the Australian wine industry, covering winemaking, viticulture, warehouse, sales, finance, marketing, human resources, administration and other positions typically not covered by any industrial awards. A separate report for small businesses is available. Read more

 

 

 

Electricity network charges set to reduce
The Australian Energy Regulator has released its final decision on SA Power Networks’ electricity distribution determination for 2020-25, with savings for small to medium sized businesses.
SAWIA is pleased that the Regulator appears to have heeded the calls of SAWIA and other industry organisations seeking cost reductions for businesses. Read more  

 

 

 

 

INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT

 

 

 

$15 million COVID funding for businesses
$15 million of Strategic Business Round grants are now available for shovel-ready projects ranging from $50,000 to $2 million that will drive new or enhanced activity and create jobs for our regional communities.
A special round of the Regional Growth Fund has been established to help fast-track the recovery of regional economies after COVID-19. Applications are now open for individual businesses to apply. Read more  

 

 

 

Financial counselling assistance
The Australian Government has committed more than $4.7 million so that small regional businesses affected by COVID-19 can access free and confidential financial counselling.
This measure is designed to ensure that businesses remain resilient through the COVID-19 downturn and are able to rebound when normal trading conditions resume. Read more  

 

 

 

Border opening / Need for pre-approval
Travel from Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Queensland is now allowed without self-isolation, provided the traveller was in that jurisdiction for 14 days immediately prior to travelling to South Australia.
However, all travellers wishing to enter South Australia are now required to seek an online pre-approval. This applies regardless of which State you travel from, and irrespective of whether there are restrictions on the borders. Read more 

 

 

 

 

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY

 

 

 

Ready for pruning – 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.
As we head into the pruning season, the free factsheets can help wine industry businesses to communicate key safety messages to vineyard workers. Read more

 

 

 

Safety warning on inflating tyres
The State Coroner has issued a public warning on the inflation of tyres with multi-piece or split rims.
The warning followed a fatality of a farmer after a compressor was used to inflate a tyre improperly fitted to a split rim and the tyre exploded. Read more

 

 

 

Court finds casual to be permanent – Significant risk for employers
A casual employee employed by a labour hire company has been found to be a permanent employee by the Full Federal Court. The employee therefore is entitled to paid annual, personal/carer’s and compassionate leave, plus payment for public holidays during Christmas shutdowns. 
The employer's claim that they could set off the liabilities through the casual loading paid was rejected, leaving many employers exposed to significant back pay claims. Read more

 

 

 

2020/21 RTWSA industry premium rates announced
ReturnToWorkSA has published the new industry premium rates for ReturnToWork insurance that all registered employers are required to pay. The new industry premium rates for the 2020/21 financial year for the wine manufacturing sector will decrease to 1.508%, while the grape growing sector will increase to 2.072%.
SAWIA is continuing to work on projects that improve safety and lower the industry premium rates. Read more

 

 

 

Employees not entitled to personal leave during a stand down
Employees that are stood down are not entitled to paid personal carer’s leave or compassionate leave according to the Full Federal Court.
These entitlements are in place to protect income. If an employee is stood down without pay then there is no income to protect, therefore they can’t take these types of leave. This decision only relates to employees stood down in accordance with the rules set out in the Fair Work Act 2009. Read more

 

 

 

 

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION

 

 

 

Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants
Applications for Round Two of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants opened on 1 July.
Wine producers who met the eligibility criteria in the 2019-2020 year can access an annual grant of up to $100,000 for their eligible rebatable domestic cellar door sales. Total funding under the grant program is capped at $10 million each financial year. Read more
 

 

Upcoming awards and events
SAWIA members are invited to nominate wines in a range of competitions including Wine and Women International Awards 2020 and the Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge
Upcoming webinars include Six Strategies for Successful Online Events Post-lockdown on 7 July, and Wine Consumption and Consumer Behaviour post COVID-19 in Europe on 13 July.

 

 

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT

 

 

 

SA Water prices to fall
SA Water prices are likely to fall following a decision by the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) which has reduced SA Water’s water and sewerage revenue allowances for 2020-24 by 16% and 4% respectively.
SAWIA lobbied ESCOSA about the processes behind the decision, and we are pleased that ESCOSA has helped deliver cost reductions for businesses. Read more 

 

 

 

Webinar – Unlock funding to turn energy into revenue
Energy intensive operations, such as pumping or refrigerating, generate large energy bills for your business, but they can also help reduce your bills and create new revenue streams. Energy management strategies, like demand response, can reward a wine business for making changes to how and when it uses energy.
Flowpower, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner, has a Building Intelligent Demand Response program to help automate demand response and bring down energy costs. Watch the pre-recorded webinar here.

 

 

 

Positive start to River Murray water allocations
The South Australian Government has announced the allocation for Class 3 (high security) water for 2020-21, as of 1 July, is now 54%. Allocations are projected to reach 100% by November 2020.
Private carryover will be available for eligible water users, allowing unused water from 2019-20 to be used in 2020-21, subject to certain requirements. Read more

 

 

 

Solar road to recovery
A 100kW Solar System has the potential to save approximately $25,000 per year, and the cost falls well within the Federal Government’s Instant Asset Write-Off program.
P4B Solar & Energy Solutions, SAWIA's Wine Industry Partner, can help your business implement an effective Solar System solution. A typical Return on Investment is around 30%, with a guarantee of 25 years of solar output. Attractive finance terms are available. Read more

 

 

 

2020 Winter Outlook
Most of Australia is showing an increased likelihood of wetter than average conditions in the coming three months according to the 2020 Winter Outlook recently released by the Bureau of Meteorology.
For South Australia, winter is likely to be wetter than average across most of the state. Daytime temperatures will be cooler than average but overnight temperatures will be warmer than average. Read more 

 

 

 

Long term climate forecast resource
Australia’s wine future: A Climate Atlas describes short and long-term trends for Australian wine regions until 2100. This new resource empowers local grapegrowers and winemakers to plan for the effects of climatic variability and climate change.
The Climate Atlas features indices tailored for individual regions, with a focus on heat accumulation and aridity, and the likelihood of heatwave and frost. A number of webinars are also on offer. Read more 
 

 

 

 

 

OTHER

 

 

 

Creditors – Improving your security position
In these extremely challenging times for wine businesses, it is imperative that they are paid in full for the products they provide on credit. It is important to know what types of security may be available to secure debts, whether it is possible to register any security and how a creditor may be affected if it has an unsecured debt and the debtor goes into liquidation. 
For more information, refer to a legal alert prepared by Finlaysons, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner.
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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Eco Logical Australia – New Wine Industry Sponsor
SAWIA is delighted to welcome Eco Logical Australia (ELA) as our new Wine Industry Sponsor, offering valuable advice and strategies to help the wine industry build for the future.
ELA are one of Australia’s largest bushfire consultancy services, and offer a broad range of services in ecology, approvals and planning and water. They look forward to meeting and helping SAWIA’s members.
Read more

 

 

 

Vineyard floor management survey
The University of Adelaide invites viticulturists to complete an online survey  about vineyard floor management practices and their associated drivers and challenges.
Any questions can be directed to PhD student Merek Kesser on 8313 6813 or merek.kesser@adelaide.edu.au.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 7 July, Six Strategies for Successful Online Events Post-lockdown, webinar  
  • 13 July, Wine Consumption and Consumer Behaviour post COVID-19 in Europe, webinar
  • 15 July, Thousands more employees now award covered, webinar
  • 17 September, Finlaysons Roadshow Fortifying your business. Details TBA

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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