The Federal Government has released its draft National Alcohol Strategy which aims to provide a national framework to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harms among individuals, families and communities.
Growers need to be aware of the implications of legislation in this area. Your national grape and wine bodies (Australian Vignerons and Winemakers' Federation of Australia) and WGCSA are supportive of an evidence-based and targeted approach to minimising harm caused by alcohol but are concerned that there's no direct representation from the grape and wine industry in the discussions.
We encourage all growers to read the draft National Alcohol Strategy and understand the implications for the entire wine industry. Some of the measures in the strategy include increased taxation on alcohol, advertising bans and measures to decrease overall alcohol consumption.
Your representative bodies are hard at work at a regional, state and national level to ensure the voice of growers is heard during these discussions. The more noise we make the better. Be sure to contact your local member to raise any concerns you may have.
Click here to read the draft National Alcohol Strategy