Wine Australia and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has welcomed the introduction of new Australian wine regulations which came in on April 1, 2018.
The new Wine Australia Regulations 2018 replace the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Regulations 1981 and regulate wine exports from product, shipment and licencing perspectives.
Wine Australia chief executive officer, Andreas Clark, said that the new regulations included a number of changes, the most important being the capacity to assess whether an exporter was a ‘fit and proper person’.
‘Australia’s wine exports continue to climb and our reputation for delivering on quality is a very important part of that growth’, Mr Clark said.
‘These new regulations will extend Wine Australia’s power to do more to protect Australian wine’s reputation overseas by ensuring the bona fides of potential and existing exporters.
WFA Chief Executive Tony Battaglene said the regulations provide greater powers of enforcement, remove red tape and broaden the scope of Wine Australia’s regulatory powers to protect the reputation of the country’s wine exports.
“It is important we have the right regulatory measures in place to protect the image of the Australian wine brand”
“In recent years we’ve seen Australian wine exports enjoying success across traditional and emerging export markets and a strong regulatory system remains pivotal,” Battaglene said.
“The changes strengthen our regulatory system to meet modern export challenges and, in turn, support Australian wineries to realise their global growth potential.
“Ensuring integrity, authenticity and quality remains important in our wine markets. It is vital that our regulations continue to evolve and strengthen to meet these challenges,” he said.
Battaglene added the strengthened role for Wine Australia will help to deal with intellectual property breaches.
“It is important we have the right regulatory measures in place to protect the image of the Australian wine brand.
“These are areas of great importance to our wine industry and WFA will continue working with Wine Australia and the Australian Government to deliver the best outcomes for our winemakers.”
Assistant minister for agriculture and water resources, senator Anne Ruston, said the Wine Australia Regulations 2018 would extend Wine Australia’s powers to protect the industry as it embarked on a transformative overseas marketing effort in the next three years.
“In 2017 Australia’s wine exports reached record levels and with this thriving market tipped to hit $2.5 billion this financial year, the future looks very bright for Australian growers and exporters.
“The Australian Government is supporting this bright future with a $50 million industry support package focused on transformative export marketing, after previously working with the industry and introducing critical reforms to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate.”
The new Wine Australia Regulations 2018 are available at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00286.