Hot Issues

Health Labelling
There is strong support from most States & Territory Governments, for a change in policy from the current voluntary system to a Mandatory Health Labelling system.  Winemakers will go from having the ability to choose the size, type & location of the warning label, to a stricter, regulated system resulting in additional costs, barriers to trade and added regulatory burdens.

WFA will continue to advocate for alternate solutions to mandatory health labelling to prevent additional costs and red tape to Australian wine businesses. 

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.

Geographical Indications and Grape Variety protection
Increased efforts to protect GI’s are a growing threat to wine producers, including the right to produce and label grape variety names in domestic and export markets.

WFA is utilising its international networks to coordinate responses against these efforts and is strongly advocating against these types of restrictions to trade. 

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.

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 Engagement

WET Rebate Webinar
The Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) legislation changes were agreed by the Australian Parliament on 17 August 2017 and are now law, known as the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measure No.4) Act 2017.  Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) is working with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to develop guidance on the key changes before the next vintage.  

View the WFA Webinar on the WET Changes that may affect your business.

Future Leaders Program
The Future Leaders Program, a joint initiative of the four national wine industry bodies, helps develop the skills and potential of the next generation of wine industry leaders. 

Outlook Conference
Outlook is the wine industry’s major national conference, setting the agenda for  winemakers, grape growers, managers and marketers to plan their futures.


Industry Support

Technical & Packaging
WFA provides technical support and advice to winemakers through two strategic committees and ongoing advocacy with Federal Government agencies. 

Environment & Biosecurity
WFA leads the industry’s commitment to continually improve its environmental performance and works to protect its interests in biosecurity

Trade & Market Access
WFA represents Australian winemakers overseas, builds relationships in key markets, and works to change laws and attitudes that unfairly impinge on market access.

Research & Development
WFA ensures the industry’s voice is heard when decisions are made about funding and priorities for wine sector research, development and extension activities.