A sustainable funding model for the WA wine industry

The strategic review of the WA wine industry undertaken in 2013-14 identified industry representational structure and adequately funded representation as critical to the future success of our industry. The resulting industry stakeholder endorsed strategic plan  provided a template for industry representational structure that is unified, focused, lean and influential. 

A copy of the strategic plan is available here:  2014 -24 WA Wine Industry Strategic Plan

The strategic review process also confirmed that industry supported the investigation of a secure funding model for industry representation and development and requested that Wines of WA should undertake this process on their behalf.

The most suitable model identified was the Agricultural Produce Commission (APC), a State statutory body established to collect fees on behalf of industry participants to provide services for their industry.  Wines of Western Australia has worked collaboratively with Regional Associations to develop an APC model for the WA wine industry.  This model has been developed through an extensive consultation process which started in July 2013 and concluded in August 2015.  The resulting model was formally ratified by all nine Regional Associations on 31st July 2015.  A copy of the minutes of this meeting is available here.

Given this mandate, Wines of WA wrote to the APC stating the WA wine industry’s intention to poll producers on the establishment of an Agricultural Produce Commission (APC) to support industry development.  A copy of this letter is available here.

The following information provides an overview of the APC and how it can work to provide sustainable funding for the WA wine industry:

Producers can get more information by: