November (5) 2020

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Newsletter - 5 November 2020

 
 

FEATURE ARTICLES
Everything you need to know about employment this vintage
Help shape the Heavy Vehicles Code of Practice
SAWIA lobbying win - Vineyard positions open for international migration
Gramp Hardy Smith Memorial Prize / SAWIA Silver Medal
Knappstein unveils new Clare Valley Cellar Door

INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT
COVID-19 updates
Wine Industry Code of Conduct

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY
Important award updates impact wine industry
Full-day seminar - Know your Work Health and Safety Obligations
Heat stress fatality
Personal income tax threshold changes for payroll
WHS alert - Electrical risks
How the proposed super reform measures will impact you

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION
Wine exports increase 4% by value
Opportunity to grow exports to the USA
Capability development - Growing wine tourism and exports
Beyond COVID-19 and Brexit
Direct route to consumers paying dividends

SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT
New Biosecurity Act proposed for South Australia
Grants for smoke taint losses
SA Power Networks - Avoid solar system shutdowns

OTHER
Federal budget - Boosting business
Finlaysons Wine (Off) Roadshow 28 - Watch it now
2020 World wine production report
International Wine Law Conference
Dates for your diary

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Message from the Chief Executive
SAWIA celebrated 180 years of serving the industry on 16 October. First known as the Society for the Introduction of Vines, SAWIA is the oldest wine industry organisation in Australia. See the media release and Advertiser article to read more.
 
The visitor economy is important for wine tourism, and the lifting of travel restrictions is of enormous assistance. SAWIA looks forward to more states lifting restrictions and welcomes New Zealand visitors to SA. Victoria is a very important market for visitation, and we eagerly anticipate the lifting of restrictions, when safe.
 
The China anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigation into Australian wine exports is ongoing with affected companies and various government entities responding to questionnaires.  SAWIA is co-operating with the supply of information, as needed. We are also closely monitoring concerning developments over the past week.
 
PIRSA has commenced public consultation on a proposed new Biosecurity Act for South Australia. With a Technical Directions Paper and various other documents now available, members have the opportunity to provide input into SAWIA’s submission. Refer to the Sustainability section below for details.
 
SAWIA welcomed the launch of the AgTech Strategic Plan on 22 October. The AgTech Advisory Group put the plan together with input from primary industries and the AgTech community. SAWIA made a submission and welcomes State Government funding for AgTech demonstration farms, start-up hubs and extension officers.
 
We are disappointed with the government's decision to not have GM-free regions in South Australia (other than Kangaroo Island).

As members are aware, the Container Deposit Scheme is being reviewed by the State Government and SAWIA will be meeting with the Environment Protection Authority in November.
 
Export figures are now available for the 12 months to September 2020, and it is pleasing to see positive results despite all that 2020 has thrown at us. Refer to the Sales Marketing & Promotion Section below for details.

The 2020 Wine Industry Snapshot will soon be released. We are looking forward to sharing the results with industry and government.
 
Congratulations to SAWIA’s members who took out many of the top prizes at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Full results are available here.
 
During October I had the pleasure of awarding the prestigious Gramp Hardy Smith Memorial Prize to Lauren Gligora, and the South Australian Wine Industry Association Silver Medal to Hannah Medlock. Refer to the Feature Article below for details.


Brian Smedley
Chief Executive 
South Australian Wine Industry Association
 

FEATURE ARTICLES

 
Everything you need to know about employment this vintage
SAWIA’s Getting Ready for Vintage briefings will help you understand the requirements of the new Wine Industry Award 2020, manage your employment costs, make smarter staffing and rostering decisions, and understand your obligations when engaging contractors and working holiday makers.
Wine industry employers preparing for the 2021 vintage season can book now for regional and online briefings in December. Read more
 
Help shape the Heavy Vehicles Code of Practice
Have your say on the development of the new Wine Industry Chain of Responsibility Code of Practice for heavy vehicle use at South Australian stakeholder meetings being held between 9 November and 17 December. Wine producers, grape growers, transporters of grapes and wine and other stakeholders are invited to provide input and discuss key issues and practical solutions around the safe transportation of goods.
Meetings in other states will follow in 2021. Read more
 
SAWIA lobbying win – Vineyard positions open for international migration
For the first time vineyard supervisors and managers can be sponsored for international migration to work in the South Australian wine industry. This pleasing outcome is the result of SAWIA’s lobbying and collaboration with the South Australian Government.
For many years, members have been telling SAWIA about challenges with recruiting skilled staff. In the 2019 South Australian Wine Industry Snapshot, 33% of participants reported difficulties with recruiting vineyard workers. Read more
 
Gramp Hardy Smith Memorial Prize / SAWIA Silver Medal
Lauren Gligora, who works for SAWIA member Deviation Road, has been awarded the prestigious Gramp Hardy Smith Memorial Prize. Following in the footsteps of wine industry greats, the prize was first awarded in 1940 to honour the memory of Hugo Gramp, Thomas Hardy and Sydney Hill-Smith.
The South Australian Wine Industry Association Silver Medal was awarded to Hannah Medlock. Read more
 
Knappstein unveils new Clare Valley cellar door
SAWIA member Knappstein Wines recently opened the doors to the first of three newly renovated cellar door venues on the heritage-listed site in the Clare Valley. The new Knappstein tasting room more than triples Knappstein’s tasting room capacity. Later this year, the Knappstein wine lounge and underground cellar venue will also open to the public.
To share your good news story, members can contact Craig MacDonald on 8222 9272 or craig@winesa.asn.au.
 

INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT

 
COVID-19 updates
SAWIA has continued to release updates to ensure members are aware of important changes to COVID-19 restrictions and travel arrangements as and when they occur.
Over the past month, SAWIA has released a number of updates on cross border travel, and a separate update on accommodation and public and private gatherings.
 
Wine Industry Code of Conduct
The new Industry Code of Conduct for Australian Winegrape Purchases is now available. The Code sets out minimum conditions for grape purchase agreements and offers a dispute resolution process. Wineries who are signatories to the Code have agreed to be bound by its terms and to comply with its dispute resolution process.
Wineries are encouraged to sign up to the Code. To access more information, including a recorded webinar, click here.
 

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY

 
Important award updates impact wine industry
Members need to be aware of important recent developments to awards, including the removal of the absorption clause which is relevant to above award payments.  
Members are reminded that the second group of Modern Awards will incorporate the 1.75% National Minimum Wage increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2020.
Members also need to be aware the new Wine Industry Award commences operation on 13 November 2020. Read more
 
Full-day seminar – Know your Work Health and Safety Obligations
COVID-19, heat stress, hazardous tasks, heart health and bushfire and emergency management are the focus of SAWIA’s upcoming Annual Work Health and Safety Seminar.
This full-day seminar is being held in McLaren Vale (24 November) and Barossa (26 November), and will provide practical advice and information, important updates and best practice initiatives. This is a must-attend event for anyone with work health and safety obligations.
 
Heat stress fatality
An employer was recently fined $65,000 over the death of an international backpacker who collapsed with heat stress while picking fruit. The investigation revealed a range of problems including training inadequacies, failure to provide adequate information and complacency by the employer.
Australia’s pre-eminent occupational heat stress consultant, Dr Matt Brearley, will present at SAWIA’s Annual Work Health and Safety Seminar. Don’t miss this important presentation. Read more
 
Personal income tax threshold changes for payroll
Changes to personal income tax thresholds announced in the Federal Budget have been incorporated into the withholding schedules and tax tables, applying to payments made on and from 13 October 2020.
Employers and other payers have until 16 November 2020 to implement the changes. Read more
 
 
WHS alert – Electrical risks
Following two separate incidents in a month, SafeWork SA has issued a reminder about the risk of electric shock or electrocution when working on or near electrical installations or services.
The two incidents occurred when installation work was being carried out, resulting in critical and fatal injuries respectively. SAWIA members are reminded that even the briefest contact with electricity can have serious consequences. Read more
 
How the proposed super reform measures will impact you
As part of the Federal Budget handed down on 6 October, the Government announced that it will spend $159.6 million over the next four years to implement reforms to the superannuation system. It is claimed this will collectively save fund members $18 billion in fees and other costs between now and 2030.
The Government’s super reforms, broadly labelled as the Your Future, Your Super package has four key elements. Read more
 
 

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION

 

Wine exports increase 4% by value
Wine Australia has released the Australian wine export figures for the 12 months ended September 2020, and it is pleasing to see positive results despite all that 2020 has thrown at us.
Steady demand has seen growth in value in all top five markets, with a 4% increase in overall value to $2.998B. South Australian wine exports have also performed well with a 3% growth in volume and a 5% lift in value to $2.067B. Read more
 

 

Opportunity to grow exports to the USA
During the month, SAWIA members were advised of a potential opportunity to export wine to the United States.
From time to time SAWIA becomes aware of market openings that are promptly advised to members. While this particular opportunity has now closed, members should watch for future notifications. If you are not already receiving these notifications, contact Rehnu Page on 8222 9277 or rehnu@winesa.asn.au.

 

Capability development – Growing wine tourism and exports
Wine Australia is combining the Growing Wine Tourism and Growing Wine Exports programs with online workshops that cover both wine export and wine tourism training. New online capability building workshops will be delivered in 2020-21 that cover tools and strategies to help wine businesses grow exports and attract more international tourists to wine regions.
All workshops are heavily subsidised by the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package. Read more  

 

Beyond COVID-19 and Brexit
Laura Jewell MW, Wine Australia’s Regional General Manager EMEA, is hosting a webinar on 11 November that will focus on the current situation in the UK and key European markets for Australian wine.
The free webinar will review restrictions, opportunities and issues that the trade is facing due to both COVID-19 and the imminent end to the Brexit transition period. Read more
 

 

Direct route to consumers paying dividends
Wine sales direct to consumers grew by 7% in value in 2019–20 according to the results of Wine Australia’s Direct-to-Consumer survey report 2020. This is important because, for the majority of Australian wine businesses that produce fewer than 20,000 cases, these sales account for more than 50% of wine sales value.
The best performing Direct-to-Consumer category in percentage terms was the online category, with database and wine club sales also growing strongly. Read more

 

SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT

 
New Biosecurity Act proposed for South Australia
The South Australian Government, through Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), has announced plans for a new Biosecurity Act that aims to provide effective biosecurity management and protection.
PIRSA has opened a public consultation period for feedback on the proposed principles, objectives and intent of the new Biosecurity Act. Make sure you have your say. Read more
 
Grants for smoke taint losses
Wine grape producers who lost at least 40% of crops as a result of smoke taint from the 2019/20 summer bushfires can apply for a government grant of up to $10,000. The grant covers up to 50% of eligible activities which can include business operating costs, seeking financial advice to support recovery, business development through marketing activities and disaster resilience improvements.
Applications close 31 December 2020 and can be lodged online. Read more
 
SA Power Networks - Avoid solar system shutdowns
Solar systems installed on or after 28 September are subject to new regulations imposed by SA Power Networks in the latest efforts to manage the State’s grid supply and demand issues.
In an age of outdated infrastructure, over and under voltage and continual supply and demand balance struggles, all new solar systems must be capable of remote disconnection and reconnection in periods of oversupply of energy back into the grid to avoid rolling blackouts. Read more
 

OTHER

 
Federal budget – Boosting business
Following the release of the Federal Budget on 6 October, Bentleys SA (SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner) released a comprehensive summary of how the budget will impact your business. Important changes include JobMaker, loss carry back provisions, unlimited instant asset write offs and a new approach to Export Market Development Grants.
Bentleys also held a national webinar, which has been segmented into three easy viewing sections. For more information, contact Tim Siebert on 0417 802 654 or tsiebert@adel.bentleys.com.au
 
Finlaysons Wine (Off) Roadshow 28 – Watch it now
A recording of the Finlaysons Wine (Off) Roadshow 28 webinar is now available for viewing. The 2020 event considered recent challenges the wine sector has been battling – drought, bushfire, smoke taint, COVID-19 and geopolitical tensions – and discussed how we can learn from those experiences to make wine business more resilient.
If you missed the live webinar in September, then click here to learn about Fortifying your Business Building Resilience by Learning from 2020.
 
2020 World wine production report
World wine production volume for 2020 is expected to be below average for the second consecutive year following the exceptionally high production of 2018.
The OIV has reported lower than average production volume in the EU where measures to reduce the harvest volume had a significant impact in Italy, France and Spain. Unfavourable weather impacted South America’s wine production, while wildfires may lead to downward revisions in the USA. Read more
 
International Wine Law Conference
The annual International Wine Law Association (Australasia) conference is being held in Clare from 13-15 November 2020. The diverse program covers a range of matters including the recent anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations, changes to the FIRB regime and insolvent trading laws, provenance and authenticity technology in the supply chain integrity, and fallout from the ACCC Wine Grape Market Study.
For more information click here.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
  • 11 November, Beyond COVID-19 and Brexit, Webinar
  • 13-15 November, International Wine Law Conference, Webinar
  • 24 November, Annual Work Health and Safety Seminar, McLaren Vale
  • 26 November, Annual Work Health and Safety Seminar, Barossa
  • 3 December, Wine Essentials - 3 hour wine class, NWETC
  • 3 December, Getting Ready Vintage 2021, Barossa
  • 7 December, Getting Ready Vintage 2021, Webinar
  • 8 December, Getting Ready Vintage 2021, McLaren Vale
  • 9 December, Getting Ready Vintage 2021, Langhorne Creek
  • 16 December, Getting Ready Vintage 2021, Coonawarra
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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