Volume 73 | July 8th 2021
The New South Wales Wine Industry Association represents the interests of all NSW wine producers and grape growers. Our aim is for the NSW Wine Industry Association to advocate for the NSW Wine Industry and provide information and a sense of belonging to our members.
A new NSW Government package was announced at the end of June and will be launched soon at the end of July 2021 – so watch this space for more info on how to apply soon.
The support package includes grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 for small businesses, and will be divided into 2 streams:
1. Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant. Available to businesses with fewer than 20 full time employees and with a turnover of more than $75,000 per annum but below the NSW Government payroll tax threshold of $1,200,000 as at 1 July 2020.
2. Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Support Grant. Available to tourism or hospitality businesses that have a turnover of more than $75,000 and an annual Australian wages bill of below $10 million, as at 1 July 2020.

Three different grant amounts will be available for small businesses depending on the decline in turnover experienced during the restrictions - $10,000 for a 70 per cent decline, $7000 for a 50 per cent decline and $5000 for a 30 per cent decline.

Other key elements of the package include:
  • A further one-month extension of Dine & Discover vouchers until 31 August 2021 to allow people more time to use them.
  • An optional deferral of payroll tax payments due in July 2021 and the deferral of hotel June quarter gaming machine tax, with the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue able to provide for appropriate repayment arrangements on a case by case basis.

You can get more information via the links below:
The third round of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant, providing up to $100,000 for eligible wine producers attracting visitors to wine regions is now open.

Grant applications for sales made during the 2020-21 financial year close at 5.00pm (ACDT) on Thursday 30 September 2021. Applications received after the closing time may not be considered. 
To be eligible for the Cellar Door Grant, applicants must:
  • be a wine or cider producer
  • be a legal entity registered for GST with an active ABN
  • have made at least $1,207,000 (GST exclusive) in sales of rebatable* wine in the 2020–21 financial year
  • have accrued rebatable domestic cellar door sales in excess of any such sales used to meet the $1,207,000 (GST exclusive) threshold in the 2020–21 financial year
  • have paid the WET on all eligible sales used as part of the application
  • have owned or leased a physical cellar door in Australia in the relevant financial year and/or their related entity/ies have owned or leased a physical cellar door in Australia in the relevant financial year, and
  • have a liquor licence valid in the relevant financial year.

Information on the grants, eligibility criteria, and how to apply can be found HERE
To help you protect the NSW wine industry and ensure all your staff and vineyard workers have a good understanding of biosecurity, NSW DPI has created a short Vineyard Biosecurity Induction video that can now be accessed free of charge via their website HERE.

They have also created an Induction Register to help you keep track of who has completed the vineyard biosecurity training within your business - click HERE for a copy.
The Destination NSW Event Management Scholarship Program is now open. Do you know a budding event manager living in regional NSW?
The NSW Government, in partnership with Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), is offering up to 18 scholarships to people in regional NSW to undertake a Diploma of Event Management.
MEA’s Diploma of Event Management course has been developed by industry experts to educate and upskill those wishing to gain foundational knowledge and practical experience in the Australia events industry. Learning is available online to provide flexibility to study around work commitments.
Applications will close 8 August 2021, so apply today by clicking HERE
Scholarships are now available through Women & Leadership Australia to encourage more women to step into leadership roles and to support the further development of current women leaders.

Scholarships of $1000-$5000 will support participation in one of three leadership development courses designed for emerging through to senior leaders.
Apply by 10 September 2021 or find out more by clicking HERE
Australian Grape & Wine invites grape and wine businesses around Australia to tune in to the Livestream of their Annual Industry Briefing.
Hear from leaders and experts in their field, as they cover the challenges currently facing Australian grape and wine businesses and discuss how we can plan for the future together.

The 2021 Industry Briefing will be livestreamed to Facebook on Tuesday 20 July at 10.30am.
Register HERE
+ Recordings of the National Wine Sector Bushfire Conference are now available on Wine Australia’s website. A range of resources has also been collated to help prepare, respond and recover from future fires. Watch the recordings here and access the resources here.

+ Congratulations to Mark and Sam and the team at Renzaglia Wines in Bathurst for being shortlisted for the Dark Horse Winery of the Year Award in this year's Halliday Awards. Good luck next month when the winners are announced.
+ Postponed - the Wine SA Stakeholder Engagement sessions on Heavy Vehicle Transportation and Chain of Responsibility in New South Wales (Cessnock, Orange, Griffith) and Canberra, on 13-16 July, unfortunately have needed to be postponed due to COVID restrictions. Al registered participants will be contacted directly.