Wine Industry Fund Reform

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Give feedback on proposed changes to wine industry funds and the way they are managed.

What's being decided?

South Australia’s grape and wine industry has access to a reliable source of funds through 7 wine industry funds. We are proposing to make changes to how these funds are managed to provide better certainty and efficiency for the industry and the Government of South Australia. The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has worked with industry on areas of improvement and proposes the following changes:

  • reducing the refund period
  • changes to the default period
  • review of the five-year renewal period
  • setting the contribution rate via the Government Gazette.

If you are a winemaker or grape grower who currently contributes to any of the 7 wine industry funds, you are invited to share your thoughts. We're interested to learn your views on these matters and any other changes that you would like considered to improve the operation of the wine industry fund regulations.

Background

The Primary Industry Funding Schemes Act 1998 (the Act) was established to provide South Australian primary industries with a legislative instrument to raise funds within their sector to undertake activities that support and develop their sector. Different Primary Industry Funding Schemes (PIFS) currently operate in South Australia, covering wine, citrus, grains, and livestock. The PIFS receive money from contributors, who are currently able to seek a refund of their contributions from the PIFS fund during a prescribed period. The funds are administered by the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, and PIRSA assists with administering the funds on behalf of the Minister. PIRSA undertook a review of its administration of the 7 wine industry funds (listed below) established under the Act in 2019 to identify if the system could be improved:

  • Adelaide Hills Wine Industry Fund
  • Barossa Wine Industry Fund
  • Clare Valley Wine Industry Fund
  • Langhorne Creek Wine Industry Fund
  • McLaren Vale Wine Industry Fund
  • Riverland Wine Industry Fund
  • South Australian Grape Growers Industry Fund

Since this review, PIRSA has initiated discussions with the wine industry on areas of funds management that could be improved. In addition, the department has progressed changes in the agency (such as standard templates for industry applications and reporting); and has identified other areas of change that would require amendments to the regulations that establish the wine industry funds.

Get involved

PIRSA is seeking feedback on the regulations for each fund:

Find out more information by reading:

Have your say by:

What are the next steps?

Following the consultation, feedback provided will be considered to inform the changes to the wine industry fund regulations. A final report detailing the outcomes of engagement will be published on YourSAy.

Give feedback on proposed changes to wine industry funds and the way they are managed.

What's being decided?

South Australia’s grape and wine industry has access to a reliable source of funds through 7 wine industry funds. We are proposing to make changes to how these funds are managed to provide better certainty and efficiency for the industry and the Government of South Australia. The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has worked with industry on areas of improvement and proposes the following changes:

  • reducing the refund period
  • changes to the default period
  • review of the five-year renewal period
  • setting the contribution rate via the Government Gazette.

If you are a winemaker or grape grower who currently contributes to any of the 7 wine industry funds, you are invited to share your thoughts. We're interested to learn your views on these matters and any other changes that you would like considered to improve the operation of the wine industry fund regulations.

Background

The Primary Industry Funding Schemes Act 1998 (the Act) was established to provide South Australian primary industries with a legislative instrument to raise funds within their sector to undertake activities that support and develop their sector. Different Primary Industry Funding Schemes (PIFS) currently operate in South Australia, covering wine, citrus, grains, and livestock. The PIFS receive money from contributors, who are currently able to seek a refund of their contributions from the PIFS fund during a prescribed period. The funds are administered by the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, and PIRSA assists with administering the funds on behalf of the Minister. PIRSA undertook a review of its administration of the 7 wine industry funds (listed below) established under the Act in 2019 to identify if the system could be improved:

  • Adelaide Hills Wine Industry Fund
  • Barossa Wine Industry Fund
  • Clare Valley Wine Industry Fund
  • Langhorne Creek Wine Industry Fund
  • McLaren Vale Wine Industry Fund
  • Riverland Wine Industry Fund
  • South Australian Grape Growers Industry Fund

Since this review, PIRSA has initiated discussions with the wine industry on areas of funds management that could be improved. In addition, the department has progressed changes in the agency (such as standard templates for industry applications and reporting); and has identified other areas of change that would require amendments to the regulations that establish the wine industry funds.

Get involved

PIRSA is seeking feedback on the regulations for each fund:

Find out more information by reading:

Have your say by:

What are the next steps?

Following the consultation, feedback provided will be considered to inform the changes to the wine industry fund regulations. A final report detailing the outcomes of engagement will be published on YourSAy.

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    We want your thoughts on the proposed changes to the way wine industry funds are managed.

    Read the Consultation Paper and the FAQs, and provide your feedback by joining the conversation below. You're invited to comment on:

    • reducing the refund period
    • changes to the default period
    • review of the five-year renewal period
    • setting the contribution rate via the Government Gazette
    • any other changes that you would like considered to improve the operation of the wine industry fund regulations
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