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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As  Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the global population, economy and the wine sector, the following page provides Australian Grape & Wine's latest updates for the sector and a range of useful links and resources. 

Please know this situation is evolving rapidly and we are constantly monitoring the advice being provided by the Department of Health, the World Health Organisation and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We will continue to adapt these resources as advice changes.


COVID-19 Updates

31 March 2020 - COVID-19 Update 31 March 2020

30 March 2020 - COVID-19 Update 30 March 2020

27 March 2020 - COVID-19 Update 27 March 2020

26 March 2020 - COVID-19 Update 26 March 2020

25 March 2020 - Wine industry tax relief will save businesses, jobs and regional communities

25 March 2020 - COVID-19 Update 25 March 2020

24 March 2020 - Wine sector seeks to complete Vintage 2020 amid fears of national shutdown

24 March 2020 - COVID-19 Update 24 March 2020

23 March 2020 - COVID-19 Update 23 March 2020

13 March 2020 - Media Release - Rabobank - Trade Wars and COVID-19

13 March 2020 – Australian Government announces stimulus package

12 March 2020 - COVID-19 Update 12 March 2020

18 February 2020 - COVID-19 Coronavirus - The Big Picture


Guidelines for Grape & Wine Businesses 

How you can maintain the Essential business status for the grape and wine sector - Fact Sheet

Guidance on how to manage an assumed or confirmed case of Coronavirus in your business - Fact Sheet

Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines - Fact Sheet


Links and Resources

The Australian Government Department of Health has guidelines to protect yourself and others

The Australian Red Cross provides advice on managing distress, including looking after yourself and your family.

Beyond Blue and Lifeline are available for all Australians during this period of instability and distress.

The Australian Government Department of Health also provides a daily update on its website below of the latest developments of COVID-19.

The World Health Organization has up to date information about the current global status of COVID -19 as well as guidance and advice.

The Australian Government Department of Treasury outlines the Government's Economic Response to the Coronavirus including fact sheets on Cash flow assistance for businesses and Delivering support for business investment.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is implementing a series of administrative measures to assist Australians experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, plus guidance with dealing with disasters, including COVID-19

The Department of Home Affairs has a fact sheet for Information for all affected visa holders and applicants which could impact on vineyards using foreign workers for picking and pruning, as well as general information on COVID-19 and the Australian border.

The Australian Government – Assistance for severely affected regions and sectors fact sheet is available for regional communities to ensure you are aware of all available assistance during this time. 

Retail Drinks New Alcohol Purchase Limits   

Coles Liquor Industry Pack - 31 March 2020

Endeavour Drinks Group Industry Pack - 31 March 2020



Further reading

What are companies’ legal obligations around coronavirus?, Susser P & Tyson T, Harvard Business Review, 4 March 2020.

Interim guidance for businesses and employers, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 February 2020.

Prepare your supply chain for coronavirus, Rice J B Jr, Harvard Business Review, 27 February 2020.

Coronavirus is proving that we need more resilient supply chains, Linton T & Vakil B, Harvard Business Review, 5 March 2020.