The Department of Agriculture supports the Australian wine industry by providing advice to the Australian Government on matters related to wine including international market access, taxation and industry structure.
The department works with Australian winemakers and grape growers, industry representative bodies, other government agencies and international organisations to provide this support and advice.
Wine Australia is the Australian wine industry’s statutory research and development, marketing and regulatory body, and is funded by
levies. The Authority provides export data, market intelligence and other general information for the Australian wine industry.
The Australian wine industry is subject to a number of Commonwealth laws, from taxation to export regulation. The legislation specific to the Australian wine industry is the
Wine Australia Act 2013 and the
Wine Australia Regulations 2018. These provide for, among other things, the Label Integrity Program and the Register of Protected Geographical Indications and Other Terms.
The Act and regulations give effect to the
Agreement between Australia and the European Community on Trade in Wine which facilitates wine trade with the European Union—the Australian wine industry’s largest export market by volume.
Data relating the Australian wine industry, including export statistics, can be found through
Useful links and contacts
Information and contacts should you have any questions about the Australian wine industry.
Advice for wine exporters
Wine Australia is the Australian wine industry’s statutory research and development, marketing and regulatory body and is a good source of information on exporting wine (including the export approvals process, export fees and charges, wine labelling and marketing).
Wine Australia supports the Australian wine industry by setting strategic research priorities, establishing and managing research and development projects consistent with these priorities and facilitating the dissemination, adoption and commercialisation of research and development throughout the industry.
Wine Australia is funded by the grape research levy and the wine grapes levy. The Australian Government provides capped matching funds, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, for research and development.
The Australian Government’s trade and investment Commission,
Austrade, provides practical advice or assistance on exporting wine.
Exports of organic and biodynamic wines are subject to
Export Control (Organic Produce Certification) Orders
issued under the
Export Control Act 1982
Legislation and regulations that affect the wine industry
The Australian wine industry is subject to a number of pieces of Commonwealth and State legislation. The legislation specific to the Australian wine industry is the
Wine Australia Act 2013 and the Wine Australia Regulations 2018. These provide for, among other things, the Label integrity program and the Register of Protected Geographical Indications and Other Terms.
Food Standards relevant to the wine industry
Food Standards Australia-New Zealand (FSANZ) administers the Food Standards Code which provides for standards relating to health, safety and food and beverage industry requirements. The Code provides production requirements for Australian produced wine under standard 4.5.1. The Code also provides for a broader standard, standard 2.7.4, which provides standards for any wine sold in Australia, including imported products. Any inquiries about these standards, or the Food Standards code should be directed to FSANZ.
Levies collected for the wine industry
Levies are collected to fund marketing, research and development and plant health integrity for the Australian wine industry. The Australian Government provides capped matching funds, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, for research and development. There are currently three Commonwealth levies or charges that apply to the Australian wine industry:
- the grape research levy
- the wine export charge
- the wine grapes levy.
levies are collected and administered by the Australian Government on behalf of the industry.
Wine industry statistics
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is the science and economics research division of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. ABARES releases a number of reports which contain useful information and analyses about the Australian wine industry. Of particular note for the wine industry is the March edition of the ABARES Agricultural Commodities report.
Wine Australia provides a range of free and user-pays information, including export data, market intelligence and other general information for the Australian wine industry.
Winemakers’ Federation of Australia
produces an annual Vintage Report which provides the first national quantitative measure of the year’s vintage in June each year.
Wine Equalisation Tax and the Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate
The Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) is a tax applied at a rate of 29% of the wholesale value of Australian and imported wines. The WET producer rebate scheme provides a rebate on the WET in certain circumstances. All inquiries relating to taxation, including the WET and the WET producer rebate, should be referred to the
Australian Taxation Office.
Technical advice for winemakers and winegrape growers
Advice on technical matters, such as planting, pruning or harvesting, are best directed to either the relevant State Government agricultural department or state industry body.
You can contact your State Government agricultural department at:
As the national peak bodies for the wine industry, the
Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and
Australian Vignerons can also provide advice on winemaking and winegrape growing.
Australian Government grants
The Australian Government offers a range of general
industry grants that may be applicable to certain Australian wine producers, winegrape growers and exporters.