Information about the Inquiry

Operation of the wine-making industry

Information about the Inquiry

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee is inquiring into the Australian wine making industry with particular reference to the supply and purchase of grapes and the relationships between independent growers and wine makers in the current market.

Specifically, the Committee will be focussing its inquiry on the following key areas of the wine industry:

  1. The size and nature of the winegrape glut, and the producers’ inventory levels;

  2. The structure of the industry and how this impacts on the relationship between growers and producers; the nature of the contractual agreements between them; the implementation of quality benchmarks and whether these can be standardised in an industry-wide code of conduct;

  3. The adequacy of the terms and implementation of the Trade Practices Act 1974 in relation to winegrape growers; and

  4. The need for a national grape growers’ representative body, the powers that it might have, and the means by which it might be funded, including any possible role for Government in overseeing a industry levy.

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Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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