March 2020

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Newsletter - 9 April 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES
Cellar doors closed
Federal $300 Billion stimulus to help businesses
$1 Billion in SA stimulus measures
Jobkeeper payments
Calling 'force majeure' in wine contracts


INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
Bushfire tax relief
Grant & funding opportunities
Mandatory pregnancy labelling proposal under review

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY
National Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Survey: Register now
COVID-19: Steps to take if an employee tests positive
COVID-19 and HR: Your questions answered
Working from home checklist
COVID-19 Award flexibility added
COVID-19: Site Cleaning - take care with Chain of Responsibility laws


SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION
Pop-up events cancelled
Wine courses postponed
Wine freights saving offer
Global wine events cancelled

SUSTAINABILITY
Power bill relief
Reduce your energy use

OTHER
HostPlus provides superannuation update
Not to miss wine webinars

Dates for your diary

 

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Message from the Chief Executive
In our last newsletter, released late February, I began by saying ‘What a start to the 2020 year’. The industry was just beginning to think about recovery from bushfires and then, out of nowhere, came COVID-19. We still need the recovery efforts from bushfires to continue. However, COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact at a personal and business level.

I have heard from many members that the advice they are receiving from SAWIA is helping them navigate through the huge level of information, particularly during the busy period of vintage. We’ve created a dedicated
COVID-19 page on our website and we’re sharing key information with all members of the wine industry. 

The State Government has invoked the Emergency Management Act which means new Directions and Laws to govern how we operate. There are only hours sometimes between the Directions being issued and implementation, which adds significant pressure.

I have heard from some that certain measures are not logical, but we are dealing with a crisis that is far from logical. Who would have thought in March we would have cellar doors closed for public tastings, and large sections of the workforce working from home? This is business disruption on a huge scale.

There have been positive changes to allow takeaway of alcohol from licensed cafes and restaurants during this COVID-19 period – changes that were prohibited only a few weeks ago. SAWIA thanks the State Government for their decisive action in supporting the hospitality and wine industries. In addition, there is welcome financial stimulus at the Federal and State levels. See more on that below.

The Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall, has created the Industry Response and Recovery Council, which met for the first time on 26 March. SAWIA is pleased to be representing the wine sector on this Council which will be meeting on a weekly basis. This provides a valuable point of input at the highest level of the State Government. 

On other news, a Ministerial Health Forum met in March to consider the proposed mandatory pregnancy warning label proposed by FSANZ, and it is now being reviewed. SAWIA, along with other state and national wine industry organisations, provided strong advocacy to achieve this positive outcome. 

SAWIA proudly represents and advocates on behalf of its members and in the current environment there are many issues. Please give me a call or send an email if there is something you need to discuss.


Brian Smedley
Chief Executive 
South Australian Wine Industry Association

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES

 

 

 

Cellar doors closed
South Australian cellar doors were ordered to close at midnight on 30 March until further notice, after cellar doors were identified as risk venues for COVID-19 transmission.

This measure has been put in place because of the COVID-19 cases linked to the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra regions and concern about consumers visiting wine regions over the Easter Break. 
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Federal $300 billion stimulus to help businesses
To deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, the Federal Government has released three rounds of stimulus measures, totalling more than $300 billion.

This is the highest level of Australian Government spending in the nation’s history. The centrepiece of the third round of support measures is the JobKeeper Payments package, which provides wage subsidies for employers to retain workers. See our story below for more information about JobKeeper. 
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$1 billion in SA stimulus measures
The South Australian Government has announced a $1 billion stimulus package to support business and jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is welcome news for South Australian wine businesses.

The SA stimulus package includes direct relief for South Australian wine industry businesses, including waiving of liquor licensing fees, payroll tax relief, land tax relief and a Business and Jobs Support Fund.

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JobKeeper Payment: are you eligible?
If you’re experiencing significant financial downturn due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for the Federal Government’s new JobKeeper Payment.

The JobKeeper Payment will provide $1,500 per fortnight, before tax, per employee for up to 6 months. The legislation was passed by Federal Parliament yesterday, 8 April 2020. 
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COVID-19: Calling ‘force majeure’ in wine contracts
Force majeure clauses seek to relieve a party from its obligation under a contract due to the impact of an event which is beyond the control of that party.

Wineries might find that wine buyers (such as importers or distributors) call force majeure, or they may wish to trigger a force majeure clause themselves in their contracts for the purchase of inputs.
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INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT

 

 

 

Bushfire tax relief
The South Australian Government has announced a number of tax relief measures for people impacted by bushfires. Measures include motor vehicle stamp duty relief, land transfer stamp duty relief and land tax relief.

According to Treasurer Rob Lucas, waiving these fees and charges is a practical way for the State Government to provide further assistance to bushfire affected communities and to help them get back on their feet. 
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Grants and funding opportunities
If your business or region is needing an injection of funding to make an idea a reality, there is a range of terrific grants currently on offer to assist. And what better time to apply than now?

Grants available include the South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme, Tourism Grants, Export Market Development Grants, the Regional Growth Fund, the Industry Leaders Fund and Female Leadership Scholarships. 
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Mandatory pregnancy labelling proposal under review
In positive news for the wine industry, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) proposal for mandatory pregnancy labelling is being reviewed.

At a meeting of the Health Ministerial Forum in March it was determined that implementation of the proposal should be delayed until FSANZ undertake a review of the proposed use of colour and wording. Results of the review are due in the next three months. 
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EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY

 

 

 

National Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Survey:
Register now
The 2020 National Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Survey – an essential resource for managers – is now open. Wineries who submit their data receive a significant discount on the final report, which will be released in June.

This year, 60 wine business positions are being surveyed, covering winemaking, viticulture, warehouse, sales, finance, marketing, human resources and administration, positions typically not covered by any industrial awards. 
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COVID-19: Steps to take if an employee tests positive
Do you know what to do if an employee or contractor tests positive? Steps include working with SA Health on contact tracing and closing the section/sections of the business for cleaning.

SA Health has put together two important fact sheets to guide businesses throughout this.
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COVID-19 and HR: your questions answered
Are you confused about the employee relations, HR and work health and safety implications of your business response to COVID-19?

SAWIA has been flooded with phone calls from concerned wine businesses. In response, we’ve put answers to the most common questions into a FAQ document. We know this is an uncertain time for managers and employees. Information is critical and we’re here to help.
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Working from home checklist
SAWIA has created a handy checklist that can be used by employers to assess working from home environments for staff member health, safety and wellbeing.

It’s recommended that staff members conduct the assessments and, where practicable, a home inspection is carried out by the manager prior to approving the employee’s working from home arrangements. 
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COVID-19 Award flexibility added
The Fair Work Commission has granted an application to insert a special COVID-19 flexibility schedule in the Hospitality Industry, Restaurant Industry and Clerks – Private Sector Awards, to operate until 30 June 2020.

The changes provide greater flexibility for employers in relation to tasks, hours and annual leave during the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining an appropriate safety net for employees. 
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COVID-19: Site cleaning  - take care with Chain of Responsibility laws
Business responses to the risk of COVID-19 infection in the workplace should not result in breaches of Chain of Responsibility (CoR) under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

Some wineries are imposing a shutdown between shifts so that professional cleaners can come in and disinfect the workplace. These shutdowns can result in breaches of the HVNL and could give rise to penalties, according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. 
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SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION

 

 

 

Pop up events cancelled
The South Australian Wine Industry Association was forced to cancel some of its popular pop up events scheduled to occur between now and 30 June, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Vin Vino Wein Wine scheduled for April, Vintage 2050 scheduled for May and Reserved scheduled for June have been postponed. SAWIA will reschedule events where possible for later in 2020 or in 2021. Read More

 

 

 

Wine courses postponed
Wine courses run by SAWIA’s National Wine Education & Training Centre (NWETC) until the end of June have been cancelled, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

All people booked into courses between now and 30 June have been contacted individually with the offer of a voucher to be used for rebooking a course once they have resumed, or a full refund. 
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Wine freight savings offer
Now more than ever, wineries need to save money on their business activities. SAWIA’s partnership with Australia Post to deliver savings on wine freight costs for members is a timely opportunity.

The response from members to the offer has been extremely positive. Many who have accessed the deal are reporting substantial savings on freight, ranging from 10% to 50%. In some cases, the savings are thousands of dollars. Read More


 

 

 

 

Global wine events cancelled
The global COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for an ever-growing list of wine industry, trade and marketing events being cancelled.

Among the key events that have been postponed or cancelled are the London Wine Fair and Vinexpo Hong Kong, scheduled for May, the International Wine Challenge China, scheduled for June and the Sydney Royal Wine Show, scheduled for July. 
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SUSTAINABILITY

 

 

 

Power bill relief
SA Power Networks has announced a relief package to support customers enduring hardship as a result of COVID-19.

It includes rebates on energy network charges for small businesses using up to 40 MWh per annum who consume less than 25% of their usual consumption between April and June. Small wineries with a cellar door and/or restaurant may be eligible and should contact their retailer.
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Reduce your energy use
Wineries can also save money through Flow Power’s Building Intelligent Demand Response Program, which is backed by the South Australian Government.

The program gives South Australian businesses access to the funding, tools and expertise needed to unlock energy savings and support the grid. And you don’t have to be a customer of Flow Power to join the program.

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OTHER

 

 

 

Hostplus provides superannuation update
Hostplus, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner, has provided a series of COVID-19 updates to ensure that wine industry employers and their employees are aware of not only the impact of turbulent financial markets but also the recent changes to superannuation laws.

This is particularly important where there are changes to staffing as a result of employers responding to the challenges of COVID-19.
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Not to miss wine webinars
Two important webinars are coming up for wine business owners and managers:

Wine Australia’s free webinar 
Crisis, recovery and preparing for the ‘new reality’ next week, and the ASVO seminar ‘Australian Wine – Winning the long game’, which will go ahead online from 29 June to 1 July 2020. Read More

 

 

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

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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