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Hot Issues

Health Labelling
On 11 October 2018, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, agreed to introduce mandatory pregnancy warning labelling for alcoholic beverages as soon as possible.  The new labelling standard will be in the form of a mandated pictogram and warning statement, and the process of designing the standard will be led by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

WFA is actively engaged in working with federal, state and territory governments, FSANZ and other peak bodies of the alcoholic beverages industry, to encourage a transition that minimises the impact of this change on Australian wine businesses, while meeting the expectations of the ministerial forum.

Geographical Indications and Grape Variety protection
A decision has been handed down by IP Australia, in WFA’s opposition to the registration of “Avola” as a GI, which will provide Nero d’Avola producers with some needed comfort. The decision held that the evidence provided by WFA had “establishes that Nero d’Avola is used in Australia as the name of a variety of grapes”. However that “evidence does not establish that Avola solus is used in Australia as the name of a variety of grapes.” This means Avola will likely be protected as a GI in Australia, but more importantly, it is a significantly positive outcome, which will allow for homonymous use of the grape variety (Nero d’Avola) and the GI (Avola).  Read more..

National Alcohol Strategy (NAS)
WFA strongly supports the overall aim of the Draft NAS, focussing on reducing harmful consumption.  But WFA disagrees with some of the suggested actions to achieve that aim.  In particular, those that rely on population-wide measures e.g. taxation, rather than evidence-driven and targeted solutions.

WFA continues to advocate for, and encourages the responsible consumption of alcohol, while preventing increased restrictions and regulations on the sale of Australian wine products. 

Market Access
Maximising your global market export opportunities.

WFA will continue to ensure barriers to trade are removed or reduced where applicable, and will continue to actively advocate for fair trade arrangements for all Australian winemakers.

Minimising the risk of biosecurity incursion through a coordinated industry response.

WFA, with Australian Vignerons provides industry leadership to ensure effective management in biosecurity, safeguarding Australia’s wine industry and associated businesses.

Wine Equalisation Tax (WET)
WFA leads the industry position on WET, including the provision of information for the sector on the changes to current legislation and how the changes will affect Australian wine making businesses.

Industry Leadership & Collaboration
United, coordinated industry bodies will deliver the best outcomes for the wine producers of Australia in Policy, Biosecurity, Tourism & Market Access.

WFA is actively working with all levels of the wine industry, with a particular focus on the grass roots level with wine producers and regional associations, to ensure we deliver the best outcomes for the greater Australian wine industry.