List of recommendations
2.84 The committee recommends
that the Government phase out the current Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate
over five years, allocating the savings to a structural adjustment assistance
program for the industry including an annual grant to genuine cellar door
operators to support their continued operation.
3.13 The committee recommends
that the Government amend labelling requirements so that wine labels must
declare whether wine is produced by an entity owned or controlled by a major
3.32 The committee recommends
that in responding to the Competition Policy Review’s Final Report, the
Government specifically consider commercial agreements between growers and
producers of wine and the major retailers.
3.46 The committee recommends
Australia Post review its approach to wine delivery in each Australian state
and territory with a view to developing harmonised agreements across Australia.
3.51 The committee recommends
that the Commonwealth Government, through the Council of Australian Governments
(COAG), work with states and territories to establish mutual recognition
arrangements for responsible service of alcohol qualifications.
4.26 The committee recommends
that Government continue to match the grape research levy and wine grapes levy
income collected by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority.
4.34 The committee recommends
that Government give further consideration to the roles of the Australian Grape
and Wine Authority and the Australian Bureau of Statistics in wine industry
4.35 The committee recommends
that funding be allocated so that the production of the Vineyards Census is
resumed on an annual basis.
4.60 The committee recommends
that Government commit to increasing export demand for Australian wine by
considering whether current opportunities for industry participants to increase
exports through the Australian Grape and Wine Authority and the Export Market
Grants Development Scheme are fully optimised or would benefit from redesign.
4.61 The committee recommends
that the government significantly increase its funding to wine export market
5.33 The committee recommends
an independent review of the Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct, to
report to Government before 30 June 2016.
5.34 The committee recommends
that if targets for increase uptake of the Australian Wine Industry Code of
Conduct are not met, the Government, in consultation with representative
organisations for growers and winemakers, reconsider the development of a
mandatory code before the end of 2017.
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