WA Wine Industry State Election Policy Statement

Over the course of the state election, Wines of WA has communicated a non-partisan policy position for all parties to consider. Please see attached policy document which outlines our approach.

The main aim of our engagement has been to secure a commitment to formal consultation with the WA wine industry on two key issues; wine tourism and market development. We also intend to confirm with the State Government, the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development.

To date, we have received a commitment from:

  • Opposition Leader Mark McGowan confirming that, if elected, Labor will engage with the WA wine industry in formal consultation on wine tourism, market development and the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development. Mr McGowan stated, “If elected, a McGowan Labor Government is committed to formally consult with the West Australian wine industry on how to drive wine tourism and export marker development.  WA's wine industry is an important part of diversifying our economy and creating jobs for the future.”
  • Blackwood Warren MLA Terry Redman and Nationals WA candidate for Vasse Peter Gordon confirming that Nationals WA will engage with the WA wine industry in formal consultation on wine tourism, market development and the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development. Mr Gordon and Mr Redman stated, “If elected at the upcoming State Election, Nationals WA would undertake to set up a formal consultation process with the WA grape and wine community, along with tourism stakeholders, to look at options to boost cellar door tourism and support export market development.
  • Premier Colin Barnett and Vasse MLA Libby Mettam confirming that, if elected, Liberals WA will engage with the WA wine industry in formal consultation on wine tourism, market development and the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development. Ms Mettam stated, ”a Liberal-led government will commit to a formal consultation process with the WA grape and wine industry to boost cellar door tourism, export market development and regional development.

WA Wine Industry State Election Policy Statement LINK

Larry Jorgensen
Chief Executive Officer
Wines of WA
T – 0448 884 161
E – ceo@winewa.asn.au

 

AusIndustry - Tradex Scheme

 

Many wine producers import glass bottles/packaging and then re-exported to an overseas market. The Tradex Scheme can assist in recouping duty and GST.

Key benefits:

  • Tradex is a simple scheme which offers up-front duty and GST exemptions for goods which are being imported for subsequent re-export. These goods can be kept in the same condition as received or incorporated into other goods. Using Tradex greatly benefits your cash-flow, as you receive these exemptions in advance (typically 10% GST and 5% duty). It is very easy to use and largely self-managed.
  • Companies can import any measure of goods such as food products, packaging, plastics or raw materials. These products can be used for incorporation by manufacture or simple assembly for an overseas market (the export market can be of any size).

Measuring the Impact - the economic and social consequences of WET Rebate reform in Western Australia

Media Statement:
Author: Wines of Western Australia (WoWA)
Subject: Measuring the Impact – the economic and social consequences of WET Rebate reform in Western Australia
Date Monday 16th May 2016

In the 2016/17 budget, the Federal Government announced a range of measures it intended to introduce to address reforms to current WET Rebate legislation.

Some of the proposed measures and initiatives are welcome and go a long way towards addressing industry and government concerns with the way the rebate currently operates. However, as a high value, fine wine production industry, there are 2 items that would have disproportionately negative economic and social consequences in Western Australia.

These are:

1.       Reduction in the WET Rebate cap; and
2.       Eligibility criteria for the WET Rebate that would stifle innovation and the next generation of wine producers

As an industry we note and welcome the Government’s commitment to a full consultation process when addressing these issues.

As announced in our press release on the 6th May, we will measure the significant negative economic and social impacts that these proposed changes may have on the WA wine industry via a survey to the WA Wine Industry.

The survey will be administered by accounting firm RSM Australia and will determine:

  •        how many producers would be affected by changes to eligibility for the rebate (not withstanding the consultation process on eligibility);
  •        how many producers would be affected by a reduction in the cap on the rebate and its total value;
  •        the quantum of rebate lost via cellar door and;
  •        the likely impact this would have on jobs and future regional development in WA
  •        the likely impact the above would have on regional tourism in WA

The WA wine industry is a $700 million industry providing significant economic flow-on benefits to the mainly regional areas in which it operates.

It is essential that the federal government is fully informed of the potential economic and social consequences of the proposed changes in Western Australia.

We look forward to presenting the data to industry and government and look forward to fully participating in the consultative process.

Media Statement Ends

 

Larry Jorgensen
Chief Executive Officer
Wines of WA
T – 08 9284 3355
E – ceo@winewa.asn.au
W – www.winewa.asn.au