May 2020

Newsletter - 28 May 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES
Further easing of restrictions from 1 June
Resource Guide: COVID-19 Back to Business
Download the COVIDSafe app now
Wine industry survey shows COVID-19 impact


INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
Thirteen types of grant funds and support now available and counting
Federal and state grants webinar
Greater flexibility for employers under JobKeeper
JobKeeper payments excluded from ReturnToWorkSA premium
Wine Grapes Act reminder

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY

2020 Wine Industry Salary & Benefits Report - Order now
COVID-19 cross-border travel - New record required
New jobs board launched for seasonal work
Managing the risk of COVID-19 in the vineyard
Superannuation and COVID-19 - Dedicated employer resources
New translated COVID-19 resources available
Variations to modern awards
Thousands more employees will be award covered from 1 July 2020

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION

Australia Post delivers for SAWIA members
Virtual tasting webinar series
Wine Market Update - China and Hong Kong
New eCommerce Accelerator Program - $10k grant funding available
April export update from Wine Australia


SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT
SAWIA gives evidence to Parliamentary Inquiry into Recycling
Renewable energy in Business - Information Sessions
Australian wine - winning the long game webinar
River Murray water allocations outlook improving
SAWIA opposes PFAS dump in McLaren Vale
SAWIA's Environmental Excellence Awards on hold

OTHER

Prepare and de-risk for the challenges to come
What to look for: signs that a company may be insolvent
Financial year end planning and COVID-19
SA border strengthened to stop phylloxera

 

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Message from the Chief Executive
Vintage has finished and while yields are well below average in most regions, quality sounds outstanding and I look forward to sampling the 2020 crop.

The State Government is easing restrictions from 1 June 2020 following some good outcomes in managing the coronavirus in South Australia. We remain confident this hard work will mean that we can all get back to business soon, while taking the necessary steps to keep you, your employees and customers safe. The important message is to follow the rules so we do not need to tighten restrictions again.

SAWIA’s latest survey of members shows that, not unexpectedly, business conditions have continued to deteriorate from a month earlier. We thank the federal and state government for stimulus assistance, but in general terms, there is still much to do. Getting back to business will help.

In early signs that there is a return to normalcy, the South Australian Parliament Environment, Resources and Development Committee convened to hear evidence for their inquiry into the Recycling Industry. SAWIA appeared on 27 April, providing a host of important information about the wine industry, glass recycling and the costs to business if the Container Deposit Scheme is to include wine bottles.

SAWIA is still awaiting a Discussion Paper into the Container Deposit Scheme from the EPA before the end of the financial year. In addition, there will be further activity in the State Government’s review into Biosecurity in June.

My thanks to many members who, while doing it tough, have taken the time to express appreciation for SAWIA’s efforts in keeping our industry abreast and informed of COVID-19 related matters. It is times like this, when we can be of most help to members. 


Brian Smedley
Chief Executive 
South Australian Wine Industry Association

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES

 

 

 

Further easing of restrictions from 1 June
SAWIA has been strongly advocating for clear and consistent messages from government to help members return to business.
Through SAWIA’s membership of the Premier’s Industry Response and Recovery Council, we provided the Government with a COVID-19 wine industry plan for getting back to business. Under Step 2, a number of restrictions will be further relaxed from Monday 1 June 2020, but for anyone intending to open their business to the public, they must complete a COVID-Safe Plan by 1 June 2020. Read more  

 

 

 

Resource Guide: COVID-19 Back to Business
SAWIA has prepared a Resource Guide to help the South Australian wine industry get back to business while complying with all regulatory requirements.
Wine businesses will need to implement risk assessments, worker consultation, health monitoring and appropriate cleaning practices, while implementing social distancing with safe behaviours and restricted numbers. There may be a need for staff training and upskilling. Read more 

 

 

 

Download the CovidSafe app now
Australians are being encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app for the health and economic wellbeing of our community. The app will help speed up contacting people exposed to COVID-19. Download is available through the app store on your mobile device.
Businesses can encourage the use of the COVIDSafe app in line with current Federal Government messaging, but the legislation clearly prohibits a business to force, coerce or otherwise require their workers to use the app. Read more  

 

 

 

Wine industry survey shows COVID-19 impact
A severe reduction in sales, significantly reduced profitability, variable export orders, and increasingly challenging debt servicing was highlighted in the April COVID-19 survey of SAWIA members.
Federal and State Government stimulus packages were greatly appreciated, and members highlighted a range of ways in which the Government could further help. This information has been very helpful in SAWIA’s discussions with government representatives, including relevant Ministers. Read more 

 

 

 

 

INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT

 

 

 

Thirteen types of funding and support now available…and counting
At least 13 different forms of State and Federal Government assistance are available to help businesses respond to and manage the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a number of specific and targeted initiatives and support packages, ranging from direct cash support, to deferrals of fees and charges.
SAWIA has produced a concise overview of the initiatives of greatest relevance to the South Australian wine industry. Read more

 

 

 

Federal and state grants webinar
A free webinar on 10 June will discuss federal and state grants for businesses affected by COVID-19, recent updates to the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) program, and export finance assistance that is available.
This is a valuable opportunity to identify the help that is available for your business. Read more

 

 

 

Greater flexibility for employers under JobKeeper
Recent changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 provide greater flexibility for employers participating in the JobKeeper scheme. This includes the ability to direct eligible employees to reduce working hours and days, undertake alternative duties and work at alternative locations.
These changes have been put in place to assist employers in managing staffing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic and keep people in jobs.  Read more 

 

 

 

JobKeeper payments excluded from ReturnToWorkSA premium
Many South Australian wine industry employers will likely receive a decrease in their ReturnToWorkSA (RTWSA) premium as JobKeeper payments will not be considered remuneration for the 2020-21 RTWSA premium.
Remuneration returns for the 2020-21 premium are due between 2 July and 15 September 2020. Read more

 

 

 

Wine Grapes Act reminder
With the 2020 vintage having drawn to a close, this is a timely reminder to comply with the payment terms for the purchase of wine grapes that are set out in the South Australian Wine Grapes Industry Act 1991. Read more   

 

 

 

 

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY

 

 

 

2020 Wine Industry Salary and Benefits Report – Order Now
Not sure what the market salaries are for key jobs? Looking to recruit or retain the right talent?
SAWIA’s national Wine Industry Salary & Benefits guide, the essential resource for managers, will be published in early June. This year, 60 wine industry positions were surveyed including winemaking, viticulture, warehouse, sales, finance, marketing, human resources, administration and other positions typically not covered by any industrial awards. Read more

 

 

 

COVID-19 cross-border travel – new records required
A new Direction in relation to cross-border travel by essential travellers under the Emergency Management Act 2004 has been issued by the Commissioner of Police. 
An Essential Traveller must now keep records of close contacts for a 14-day period commencing on the date of their arrival in South Australia (or, if they remain in South Australia for a period of less than 14 days, for that period). Read more  

 

 

 

New jobs board launched for seasonal work 
A new jobs board to connect people looking for a job with businesses needing seasonal staff is now live. Employers can list their available jobs on the job board for free.
Seasonal workers are vital to keeping South Australia’s supply chains flowing and fulfilling a range of agricultural and horticultural roles, including vineyard work. But COVID-19 restrictions are limiting the numbers of travellers visiting and taking up these seasonal roles. Read more

 

 

 

Managing the risk of COVID-19 in the vineyard
In preparing for the pruning season, make sure your business implements measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by vineyard workers, including contractors. 
Where contractors and labour hire providers are used, it is important that measures are developed and implemented in consultation with the provider.
Social distancing and good hygiene practices are essential, but there is more to it. Details of what you need to know are now available. Read more 

 

 

 

Superannuation and COVID-19 – dedicated employer resources
A dedicated resource to answer all of your COVID-19 related superannuation questions is now available from Hostplus, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner.
Whether your superannuation questions are related to JobKeeper, the superannuation amnesty or difficulties in making payment, this resource should help. Read more

 

 

 

New translated COVID-19 resources available
New resources on cleaning practices and how to respond to a case of a worker testing positive to COVID-19 have now been translated into Dari and Khmer. These translated resources are important for helping wine businesses respond to COVID-19 risks in the workplace.
An earlier survey conducted by SAWIA had identified Dari, Khmer, Mandarin and Vietnamese as the most common languages (other than English) spoken by vineyard workers and contractors. Read more
 

 

 

 

Variations to modern awards
The Fair Work Commission has made a host of changes to Modern Awards. SAWIA has issued Notices to Members for the Clerks and Manufacturing Modern Awards, Commercial Sales Award and the Hospitality Industry, Restaurant Industry and Clerks – Private Sector Awards.
A temporary change was also made that allows employees covered by a range of awards to two weeks unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay. For details, refer to relevant articles on SAWIA’s website. See links above for information.

 

 

 

Thousands more employees will be award covered from 1 July 2020
Cleaners, security workers, gardeners, handypersons, event planners and tour guides are common roles within the wine industry that will likely be covered by the Miscellaneous Award 2010 from 1 July 2020. This is the result of a recent decision by the Fair Work Commission.
This means that employment contracts and payroll systems will need to be reviewed and updated to reflect this change. Read more

 

 

 

 

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION

 

 

 

Australia Post delivers for SAWIA members. 
There has been strong interest from SAWIA members in the special wine delivery offer from Australia Post.
Along with low costs, Australia Post has more delivery options than any other provider, a dedicated wine delivery service where your wine is handled separately to minimise breakages and maintain stable temperature conditions, dedicated pickup runs for major wine regions and up to five SMS/email notifications to your customers throughout the delivery. Read more
 

 

 

 

Virtual tasting webinar series
An interactive webinar series (1-5 June) is being offered for South Australian producers to learn best practice production and execution of virtual tastings, with a business to business (B2B) focus.
With COVID-19 restrictions for both domestic and international travel, wineries’ ability to sell to their distributor base has been diminished. Virtual tastings provide a perfect opportunity to broaden your reach. Read more  

 

 

 

Wine Market Update – China and Hong Kong
SAWIA and the Department for Trade and Investment are hosting two wine market updates to assist and support your business to engage with China and Hong Kong.
The Honourable David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Trade and Investment, and Mr Nick Waterman, Chair, SAWIA will be joined by in-market wine industry experts in two interactive sessions (28 May and 11 June) that will provide insights and on-the-ground observations and advice to help your business navigate through these challenging times. Read more  

 

 

 

New eCommerce Accelerator Program – $10k grant funding available
Grants for up to $10,000 are available to support eligible exporters to engage in eCommerce through a new grant funded program.
The eCommerce Accelerator Program (eCAP) is a financial assistance program to support South Australian small to medium-sized exporters to fund expenditure incurred in building new capability to access international markets through eCommerce platforms. Read more 

 

 

 

April export update from Wine Australia
For the 12 months to April 2020, the value of exports increased 3% to $2.868 billion. Volume declined by 10% to 728 million litres, more than offset by the average value rising by 14%.
While value is higher than it was 12 months ago, it has declined over the past few months. This is due to lockdown measures related to COVID-19, and lower Australian wine production over the past two years. Read more  

 

 

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT

 

 

 

SAWIA gives evidence to Parliamentary Inquiry into Recycling
SAWIA continues to strongly represent the South Australian wine industry in Container Deposit levy discussions. On 27 April, SAWIA made a presentation via videoconference, building on an earlier submission.
SAWIA highlighted that the proposed scheme in South Australia would cost up to 32 cents per bottle, while New Zealand achieves a similar outcome for less than one cent per bottle. Read more

 

 

 

Renewable Energy in Business – Information Sessions
Renewable Energy in Business information sessions will be relaunched in the near future by P4B Solar & Energy Solutions, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner.
The sessions are designed to give wineries and other wine industry businesses a greater understanding of the options and process of exploring renewable energy solutions to ensure the very best solutions for each business. Register your interest now. Read more

 

 

 

 Australian wine – winning the long game webinar
A two-day webinar program (29 June to 1 July) will tackle the big issues of growing, making and selling wine in the face of climate change. 
The seminar will provide technical information and real case studies, to build capability and efficiency in the Australian wine industry. Attendees will hear from global and local experts and practitioners the risks, opportunities, vision and a plan for the future. Read more  

 

 

 

River Murray water allocations outlook improving
The South Australian Government has updated the worst-case opening allocation for Class 3 (high security) water for 2020-21, from 2% to 8%.
Improved rainfall and increased inflows to the system, as well as a strong positive rainfall outlook, mean that allocations are likely to reach 100% before summer. Presently, there is a 75% likelihood that allocations will increase to at least 90% during 2020-21 and a 95% likelihood that allocations will increase to 90%. Read more   

 

 

 

SAWIA opposes PFAS dump in McLaren Vale
SAWIA has voiced significant concern over a proposed landfill dump for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in McLaren Vale.
SAWIA is concerned about the potential impacts on the local environment as well as the global ‘clean and green’ quality reputation of the McLaren Vale wine growing region. Read more  

 

 

 

SAWIA’s Environmental Excellence Awards on hold
SAWIA’s Environmental Excellence Awards have been suspended for 2020. This decision was based on an assessment of the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on members, including difficulty in allocating time and resources to collecting and compiling information for entries.
Members interested in nominating for the awards in 2021 can contact Mark Gishen on 8222 9278 or mark@winesa.asn.au

 

 

 

 

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Prepare and de-risk for the challenges to come 
While COVID-19 is presenting many challenges now, the economic factors will be the biggest challenges that businesses face over the next year or two.   
NCI, SAWIA’s wine industry partner, has prepared a summary to help your business prepare and ‘de-risk’. This includes knowing who you are trading with, and being alerted if an adverse event occurs. It also means unlocking the potential of your debtors’ ledger in obtaining new finance. Read more

 

 

 

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­What to look for: signs that a company may be insolvent
Sadly, in the current climate, many businesses associated with the wine industry will suffer from financial difficulties. However, this does not necessarily mean that they are insolvent. 
There are a number of indicators that may suggest that a company is insolvent, rather than just suffering temporary financial strain. Whether you are a creditor, a company director or other stakeholder in a business, you should be aware of these indicators and what the company’s insolvency could mean for you. SAWIA’s Partner, Finlaysons, provides some guidance. Read more

 

 

 

Financial year end planning and COVID-19
Your questions about end of financial year planning and the impact of COVID-19 will be answered at a webinar being offered by Bentleys SA, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner.
JobKeeper and stimulus payments, asset write-off concessions, the reduction in company tax rate, SA land tax changes and working from home implications are some of the topics to be covered. Read more  

 

 

 

SA border strengthened to stop phylloxera
New phylloxera conditions in South Australia’s Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS) will help prevent the vine-killing insect from entering the state.
The changes strengthen the rules under which items that can pick up and spread phylloxera may enter the State. This includes machinery, equipment, grapevine material and grape products. Read more  

 

 

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 28 May, China Market Update, webinar
  • 1 June, Bentleys EOGY Planning and COVID-19, webinar
  • 1 – 5 June, Virtual Tastings Webinar series, webinar
  • 10 June, Financial survival – Federal and state grants, webinar
  • 11 June, Hong Kong Market Update, webinar 
  • 29 June – 1 July, Australian Wine – Winning the Long Game webinar  

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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