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Newsletter - 1 October 2020





SAWIA's Executive Committee for 2020/21
JobKeeper extended for six months
Register now for Work Health and Safety Seminar
Employment Policy Briefing and Pack - Book now
South Australian Tourism Development Fund
New Emerging Markets Program

Growth State Plan launched
SA reopens borders to NSW and ACT
$2 million project to future proof industry
Applications open for ThincLab

New labour hire worker information notice
When home becomes the workplace
Fragile roofing poses a serious fall risk for workers

Simplifying the EMDG scheme
Winning with Direct-to-Consumer Sales
Tourism Industry Restart Conference
Tourism accommodation vouchers

Energy prices are low - Make the most of it
Check your electricity network charges
Federal government grants for water efficiency

California fires - A reminder to be prepared
Future leaders - Take your career to the next level
2020 SA Wine Media Cadet










Message from the Chief Executive
It was great to hold a scaled down SAWIA AGM and Cocktail Event last Thursday. The socially-distanced event was held in accordance with COVID requirements, and a highlight was the outstanding wine that was provided by members. The door prize, accommodation and a round of golf for two, provided by Industry Partner MGA Insurance, was won by Stephen Cook from Eisenstone Wines.

The new Executive Committee for 2020–21 provides stable leadership, with Nick Waterman (Yalumba Family Winemakers) continuing as President and Chair and Kirsty Balnaves (Balnaves of Coonawarra and Coonawarra Grape and Wine Inc) continuing as Vice President. Refer to the Feature Article below for details.

SAWIA’s origins trace back to October 1840, when the Society for the Introduction of Vines was formed to import 57,000 vine cuttings. Then in 1862, the South Australian Vinegrowers Association contemplated its task as “the collection and diffusion of useful information bearing upon the interests of the vigneron and the manufacturer of the wine, and to protect and foster those interests by every legitimate and available means”. 180 years on, SAWIA remains true to our members by “providing leadership, advice and support to South Australian grape and wine businesses, assisting them to prosper within a dynamic, diverse industry”. That’s worth celebrating!

SAWIA welcomes the lifting of entry restrictions from the ACT and NSW into South Australia. We hope the recent improvement in Victoria continues, as this will lead to a further step-change. For details, refer to the Industry & Government section below for details.
China has confirmed the countervailing duties investigation, which followed the initiation of the anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine exports to China. Both investigations have differing requirements and the wine industry remains committed to full cooperation.
SAWIA welcomed the launch of the Food, Wine and Agribusiness Growth State Plan on 28 September. This ambitious plan aims to lift the gross sector value from $15.9b to $23b by 2030. Many supporting projects will be needed to reach this goal, with wine playing an important role.
I would like to thank the many wine businesses that participated in the 2020 Wine Industry Snapshot. SAWIA and industry partner Bentleys are now busy analysing the results which will be collated and reported in October. These results are very important for informing SAWIA’s advocacy efforts, and for working with government to design programs that support and strengthen the South Australian wine industry.  

Brian Smedley

Chief Executive 
South Australian Wine Industry Association






SAWIA’s Executive Committee for 2020/21                 
SAWIA elected a new Executive Committee at the Annual General Meeting last week. The Board is a unique blend of seven appointed representatives from South Australian regional wine organisations and six elected member company representatives.
Nick Waterman (Yalumba Family Winemakers) remains President and, Kirsty Balnaves (Balnaves of Coonawarra, Coonawarra Grape and Wine Inc) continues as Vice President. Read more 



JobKeeper extended for six months
The JobKeeper Scheme has been extended to 28 March 2021, replacing the $1,500 a fortnight payment with a new two-tier payment rate. Fair Work flexibilities already in place will also largely remain in force, with a few significant changes. 
The extended scheme came into effect on 28 September 2020. Read more



Register now for Work Health and Safety Seminar
Australia's pre-eminent occupational heat stress consultant, Dr Matt Brearley, will deliver the keynote address Heat stress – Putting science into practice, at SAWIA’s 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. Read more




Employment Policy Briefing and Pack – Book now
SAWIA has developed the Employment Policy Pack and Briefing to provide wine industry employers with the tools to help deal with unsatisfactory performance and attitude, employee grievances, managing leave requests and other issues in the workplace. Each attendee will receive an Employment Policy Pack on a USB stick to take away and use.
Sessions are being held in McLaren Vale (27 October), Barossa (29 October) and via webinar (4 November)Read more



South Australian Tourism Development Fund

The new South Australian Tourism Development Fund offers $20m of funding, with a minimum of $20,000 and maximum of $500,000 for eligible projects. A maximum of 30% of State Government funding will be committed to the total project value.
Examples of eligible projects include developing new accommodation, refurbishing or renovating existing accommodation, developing or enhancing visitor experiences, generating new cellar door experiences and creating interactive displays. Read more



New Emerging Markets Program
SAWIA’s new Emerging Markets program will help South Australian wine businesses evaluate emerging export markets, undertake preparations and then enter the new markets. With assistance and funding from the Department of Trade and Investment, the program focusses on four emerging export markets – Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and India.
The program includes the development of an online market intelligence resource and a turn-key wine education program. Read more






Growth State Plan launched
A plan to grow South Australia’s food, wine and agribusiness sectors to $23 billion by 2030 was launched on 28 September. It focuses on growing productivity, people, infrastructure, markets, sustainability and the operating environment.
The plan is the culmination of 18 months of work and consultation led by SAWIA, Primary Producers South Australia and Food SA in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regions and the Department of Trade and Investment. Read more



SA reopens borders to NSW and ACT
South Australia’s Transition Committee has reopened SA borders to NSW. This change means residents from NSW will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days or undertake COVID-19 testing when entering SA.
The move comes after borders were also recently reopened to the ACT. SA’s borders remain closed to Victoria. Read more




$2 million project to future proof industry
Yalumba Family Winemakers will deliver a $2 million project to help future proof the South Australian wine industry, after securing major funding from the State Government’s Regional Growth Fund.
The project will establish the highest health and most genetically diverse commercial collection of grapevine material in Australia, while establishing the most hygienic and productive field nursery site to propagate best performing vines for the Australian viticultural industry. Read more



Applications open for ThincLab
Cohort 3 of the ThincLab International Incubator Program will commence in November. This free program is for Australian based startups or SMEs looking to explore opportunities to expand into Asia or Europe.
The program is comprised of six workshops held online, with up to six participants then selected for incubation via ThincLab Singapore or ThincLab Chalons (France). Travel is subject to border restrictions. Read more






New Labour Hire Worker Information Notice
Consumer and Business Services has published a template Labour Hire Worker Information Notice, which needs to be completed by licensed labour hire providers and given to workers. This is in addition to the requirement to supply the worker with a Fair Work Information Statement.
The Labour Hire Worker Information Notice provides workers with key information, including their provider's licence details and the pay rate the worker will receive. Read more



When home becomes the workplace
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, working from home arrangements have been widely adopted in 2020. While many benefits exist, working from home creates additional risks. 
The obligation to ensure the employee's health and safety remains, so far as is reasonably practicable, regardless of the employee’s work location, as highlighted in a recent workers’ compensation case. Make sure you take proactive steps to manage the risks. Read more



Fragile roofing poses a serious fall risk to workers
SafeWork SA has issued a reminder about the importance of managing the risk of falls, following two separate incidents that resulted in serious injuries.
Before working on any roof area or using the roof as a means of access, it is essential to conduct a risk assessment and identify all potential hazards. Read more






Simplifying the EMDG scheme
The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme will be simplified and reoriented from a scheme providing assistance through reimbursement after expenditure to an upfront grant. This will give eligible exporters funding certainty before they embark on their marketing and promotion activities.
The reoriented EMDG program will maintain features valued by SME exporters and industry bodies, while making it simpler to access. SAWIA congratulates Anna Fisher, Executive Committee member, for her significant contribution to the review. Read more



Winning with Direct-to-Consumer sales
With COVID-19 severely restricting traditional routes to market, Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) channels are now more important than ever for Australian wine businesses.
Wine Australia is hosting experienced international DTC specialist Georgia Rasmussen for this free, two-part webinar series (14 and 28 October), as she introduces eight core principles to grow DTC sales. Also hear from guest wineries about their own DTC journey, while Georgia shares valuable tips and practical resources in this two-part webinar. Read more



Tourism Industry Restart Conference
The Tourism Industry Restart Conference (2 November 2020) will deliver informative sessions on topics such as wellbeing and resilience, product diversification and collaboration/partnerships to help empower delegates during this challenging time.
The full day program will be hosted in Adelaide and at nine satellite events across regional South Australia. The Restart Conference will foster collaboration between industry, local councils, Regional Development Australia networks, regional tourism groups and the state government. Read more 



Tourism accommodation vouchers
The South Australian government has announced the $4m Great State travel accommodation voucher scheme, part of a significant tourism stimulus package to further boost the visitor economy.
Through the State Government, the South Australian Tourism Commission is providing $100 vouchers for use at participating CBD hotels, and $50 vouchers to spend in regional and suburban accommodation. We hope SAWIA members benefit from increased visitation to the regions.






Energy prices are low – Make the most of it
September 2020 saw the lowest monthly average electricity wholesale price for South Australia on record. This included a record number of negative price intervals and saw the traditional Off-Peak price average above the traditional Peak price for the first time on record.
That means, now is a good time to lock in a wholesale energy contract. Read more



Check your electricity network charges
Your electricity bill includes not only charges for what you use, but also charges for using the distribution network (i.e. poles and wires) provided by SA Power Networks. Since network charges can be up to half of your total bill, it is important to be on the optimum tariff.
SAWIA members are encouraged to review existing contracts and request that your electricity supplier evaluate all the network tariff options that are available. Read more 



Federal government grants for water efficiency
The Federal Government’s Water Efficiency Program welcomes applications for projects that use water efficiency to return water savings in the Murray-Darling Basin. The amount of funding depends on the amount of saved water rights returned to the Commonwealth.
Qualifying projects include on-farm infrastructure, metering and industrial projects, which covers relevant vineyard irrigation and winery proposals. Read more






California fires – A reminder to be prepared
Wildfires across the western United States destroyed thousands of homes and a half dozen small towns this summer, scorching a landscape the size of New Jersey and killing more than 30 people.

Whether part of a bushfire, or just an unlucky fire at your premises, major damage can occur. Make sure your business is protected. Read more



Future leaders – Take your career to the next level
Find out how to take your career to the next level at a Future Leaders webinar on 13 October.
The Future Leaders Program is the wine community’s peak personal and professional leadership program. It is designed for ’emerging leaders’ who are ready to step up and take their businesses and our sector to the next level. Read more



2020 SA Wine Media Cadet
McLaren Vale winery brand manager, Lachlan Aird has been selected as the 2020 WCA Wine Media Cadet.
The Cadetship program, open to South Australian residents, aims to foster emerging talent and promote excellence in Australian wine communication. The program is made possible through the Adelaide a Great Wine Capital initiative funded by SAWIA, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, South Australian Tourism Commission, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia. Read more     





  • 13 October, Future Leaders, Webinar  
  • 14 & 28 October, Winning with Direct-to-Consumer sales, Webinar
  • 27 October, Employment Policy Briefing and Pack, McLaren Vale 
  • 29 October, Employment Policy Briefing and Pack, Barossa 
  • 2 November, Tourism Industry Restart Conference  
  • 4 November, Employment Policy Briefing and Pack, Webinar
  • 24 Nov, Work Health and Safety Seminar, McLaren Vale
  • 26 Nov, Work Health and Safety Seminar, Barossa


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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