The Australian Government's Export and Regional Wine Support Package is an exciting, one-off allocation of $50 million over four years and is focused on wine promotion internationally and domestically that 'will benefit regional wine producers and assist export-focused businesses to continue to grow’. It is designed to help regional wine producers, wine-related tourism and export-focused businesses continue to grow through a range of initiatives.
Stage 1 of the package is to develop a detailed and costed business plan detailing the activities and measures of success for the program for Ministerial approval. ACIL Allen has been retained as a consultant to develop the plan.
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA), Australian Vignerons (AV) and Wine Australia have established a Reference Group, chaired by WFA, to provide input into the design and operation of the business plan. The Reference Group brings together representatives from WFA, Australian Vignerons (formerly WGGA), Wine Australia, peak state sector bodies, others from the grapegrowing, winemaking and tourism sectors and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
As part of its activities, the Reference Group will be considering submissions from the grape and wine sector about the types of activities that could be included in the package.
The Reference Group will report to the Boards of WFA, AV and Wine Australia. These Boards will endorse the final recommendations on the Package to the Minister.
To achieve broad sector involvement, WFA and AV are consulting directly with state organisations on the draft business plan, and the state organisations will coordinate responses on the draft plan from the regional associations. This will allow direct input from the sector into the plan.
- Sandy Clark, President, WFA
- Andrew Kay, WFA nominee
- Angus Barnes, NSW WIA nominee
- Bill Moularadellis, WFA nominee
- Brian Walsh, Wine Australia Board representative
- Colin Bell, Australian Vignerons nominee
- David Dearie, Wine Australia Board representative
- Ed Peter, Wine Australia Board representative
- Eliza Brown, Wine Australia Board representative
- Georgia Lennon, WFA nominee
- Guy Taylor, Wine Tasmania nominee
- Ivanka Moularadellis, SAWIA nominee
- Jo Grainger, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- John O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Tourism Australia
- Libby Nutt, WFA nominee
- Lee James, WFA nominee
- Nikki Palun, Wine Victoria nominee
- Redmond Sweeney, WFA and Wines of Western Australia nominee
- Rod Hill, Queensland Wine Industry Association nominee
- Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive, South Australian Tourism Commission
- Sally Cope, Ultimate Winery Experiences
- Simon Morton, WFA nominee
- Simon West, Australian Vignerons nominee
- Simone Furlong, Leeuwin Estate
- Tony Battaglene, Chief Executive WFA
- Andreas Clark, CEO Wine Australia
- Stuart Barclay, General Manager, Marketing Wine Australia
- Steven Weinert, General Manager, Corporate Services Wine Australia
- Kate Harvey, General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Strategy Wine Australia
- Bruce Hampton, Project Manager Wine Australia
- 24 January 2017 - Reference Group meeting
- 10 March 2017 - Reference Group meeting
- 31 March 2017 - Reference Group meeting
- 28 April 2017 - Business plan submitted to Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
- 1 July 2017 - Pending Prime Ministerial approval, activities commence