November (24) 2020

 

Newsletter - 24 November 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURE ARTICLES
COVID-19 Restrictions and Victorian travel
SA budget: an adrenalin hit to the economy

INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
Financial incentive for hiring new employees
Global Expansion Program open
Small Business Grant program round two open
Industry turns out for chain of responsibility

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY
WHS seminar postponed
Introducing the new Wine Industry Award 2020
Employment Policy Pack briefings completed
All you need to know about employment this vintage
Translated safety resource for vineyard workers

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION
Wirra Wirra wins global award
Wine course vouchers: the perfect gift

SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT
Container deposits a looming threat to wine

OTHER
Welcome to our new Industry Sponsor: Winesave

 

 

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Message from the Chief Executive
South Australia has performed very well with COVID-19 response. On 16 November restrictions were introduced to deal with a new Parafield cluster and on 19 November a six-day lockdown began, which was later reduced to three days. While restrictions to business operations were not ideal, we must recognise the important individual and collective role that we each have. If we do the right thing, restrictions will be further lifted as soon as it’s safe to do so, hopefully by 1 December. Our participation on the Premier’s Industry Response and Recovery Council is valuable and we’re sharing key information with our members constantly.

Once these restrictions pass, we must remain vigilant
and remember that coronavirus is a highly infectious and contagious disease. Therefore, let’s maintain our distance of at least 1.5 metres and wash our hands regularly and get tested if feeling unwell.

The China anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigation into Australian wine exports continues with affected companies and various government entities lodging questionnaire information with the Chinese Government. SAWIA has supplied information as needed to assist. This investigation could take 12-18 months, with the possibility of a duty applied as an interim measure.  

Rumours about a ban on Australian wine exports to China were swirling in early November and those fears are now being realised with significant challenges noted by members, including cancellation of orders, disruptions to shipments and, in market, high levels of product testing and delays in customs clearance. Wine producers have reported that future orders are now on hold. I thank members for participating in the recent SAWIA survey about the China market and business implications. 

We welcome Australia’s signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which is an extensive multilateral trade agreement with Brunei-Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

We’re finalising our submission on the State Government’s proposed new Biosecurity Act. In addition, SAWIA participated in the Reference Group meeting held in November to hear updates from the Environment Protection Authority in the Container Deposit Scheme Review. A Discussion Paper will be released for public consultation in late February 2021.

The Government has handed down the State budget for F21 including a $4b stimulus spend covering Payroll Tax, Land Tax, small business cash grants, and significant road funding. Members were provided with the detail on 10 November.

Finally, the compilation of results, the 2020 Wine Industry Snapshot has progressed with SAWIA providing comments on a draft of the publication. We look forward to sharing those results with you soon.


Brian Smedley
Chief Executive 
South Australian Wine Industry Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Restrictions and Victorian travel
Following the announcement by the Premier, Steven Marshall, that the stay at home order would end early, the business restrictions that took effect on 17 November 2020, have now been reinstated. This includes a requirement for seated consumption of food and beverages, 1 person per 4 square metres and no dancing. In addition, the Victorian Government has introduced a permit system for cross-border travel from South Australia. Read More

 

 

 

SA budget: an adrenalin hit to the economy
The South Australian Government’s State Budget 2020-21 has been called ‘an adrenalin hit to SA’s economy’ to create thousands of local jobs.
In the single biggest stimulus package by a State Government in SA’s history, the budget more than doubles the Government’s stimulus spend.
SAWIA Industry Partner Bentley’s SA has put together a handy budget summary covering Payroll Tax, Land Tax and small business cash grants. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial incentive for hiring new employees
The Federal Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit is now available to eligible employers for 12 months from 7 October 2020, for each additional new job they create for an eligible employee.
Eligible employers who can demonstrate that the new employee will increase overall employee headcount and payroll will receive either $200 or $100 per week if they hire an employee aged 16 to 35 years. Read more

 

 

 

Global Expansion Program open
A new opportunity has arisen for wine businesses to grow their export capability, through the State Government’s Global Expansion Program, a $2.3 million funding program delivered over four years to 30 June 2024.
Funding is available to assist with entering new markets, growing existing markets, or building in-country knowledge in potential markets.
There will be three separate rounds and Round 1 is now open. Read more 

 

 

 

Small Business Grant program round two open
The second round of the Small Business Grant program, which provides support to South Australian small businesses that are highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, is now open.
Round two includes $10,000 grants for eligible small businesses that employ staff and are receiving JobKeeper and also introduces $3,000 grants for small businesses that do not employ staff, are operating from commercial premises, and are receiving JobKeeper. Read more

 

 

 

Industry turns out for chain of responsibility
The wine industry and transporters have turned out in force to discuss issues and solutions in relation to the heavy vehicle chain of responsibility.
Sessions have identified potential solutions, improvements and best practice initiatives to ensure the safe transportation of goods in the wine industry, as we begin work on a new Code of Practice.
Registrations are open for McLaren Vale, Clare, Coonawarra, Barossa and Riverland sessions. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHS seminar postponed
SAWIA’s popular annual Work Health and Safety Seminar, which was scheduled to run this week, has been postponed until after vintage 2021, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
All bookings will be applied to the post-vintage seminar, which will include keynote speaker and heat stress expert Dr Matt Brearley.
Keep an eye on our events page to see when the seminar will be running in 2021. Read more

 

 

 

 Introducing the new Wine Industry Award 2020
The updated and renamed Wine Industry Award has commenced as a result of the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) four yearly review of Modern Awards. 
Changes include the addition of a summary of hourly rates and allowances, the removal of the monetary obligation absorption clause and the reordering of clauses for better flow. Read more

 

 

 

Employment Policy Pack briefings completed
SAWIA recently completed a roadshow of Employment Policy Pack briefings, including an online session. Participants received a tailorable copy of important employment policies and an understanding of the related benefits, barriers and pitfalls of policies in the workplace.
Employers have power to direct employees to work and behave via the use of effective employment policies. Read more
 

 

 

 

All you need to know about employment this vintage
Preparations for vintage 2021 are in full swing. But have you thought about your rights and responsibilities when engaging your vintage labour?
SAWIA briefings throughout December will cover all you need to know about the requirements under the new Wine Industry Award 2020, how to best manage your employment costs, and your obligations when engaging contractors and working holiday makers. Read more

 

 

 

Translated safety resource for vineyard workers
To help wine businesses manage common safety risks faced by vineyard workers, SAWIA offers a series of factsheets in four common languages spoken by vineyard workers: English, Dari, Khmer, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
The factsheets cover worker safety, extreme heat, manual tasks and fatigue, and can be incorporated into pre-vintage induction training, contractor management systems and toolbox talks. Read more
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wirra Wirra wins global award
Congratulations to McLaren Vale's Wirra Wirra Vineyards which was named the Great Wine Capitals Global Network International Best of Wine Tourism Award winner.
The winner was selected by an international panel of experts and announced by the Great Wine Capital's Global Ambassador Peter Gago on 7 November.
Wirra Wirra Vineyards was one of the seven winners of the 2021 South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards. Read more
 

 

 

 

Wine course vouchers: the perfect gift
With Christmas fast approaching, wine course gift vouchers are a great option for any wine lovers in your life. Vouchers can be purchased for all NWETC wine education courses which are run at the National Wine Centre.
SAWIA has been conducting wine education classes in South Australia for more than 60 years through its educational arm, the National Wine Education and Training Centre. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Container deposits a looming threat to wine
The review of South Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme is continuing, with a Discussion Paper expected in February 2021.
A number of potential changes have been flagged around scheme governance, national harmonisation and approvals and registration systems, but there is still no clarity on changes to the scope of containers included, such as wine bottles. Read more 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to our new Industry Sponsor: Winesave
SAWIA is pleased to welcome Winesave, the company behind the world’s first handheld wine preserver, Winesave PRO, as a new Industry Sponsor.
Winesave PRO is the effective, affordable and simple solution for preserving opened bottles of wine. Made with high quality, food grade argon gas, Winesave was invented in Australia more than a decade ago and has protected more than 10 million bottles of wine worldwide. Read more 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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