This year, Finlaysons has resolved to focus the Wine Roadshow on a number of the most significant issues currently facing the wine industry, including Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) reform and unfair contracts and dealings. As regards WET, draft legislation has been released and, as we expected, the “devil is in the detail”. In relation to unfair contracts and dealings, the new “unfair terms in standard form small business contracts” legislation became effective on 12 November 2016 and the ACCC has publicly stated that it is focusing on the agricultural industries including the wine industry.
Finlaysons will be joined on the road this year by the Winemakers' Federation of Australia, who will cover some serious practical trade-related issues such as pre-registration of exports to China and container deposit legislation, and by Wine Australia, who will discuss how the $50 million government grant is being spent and the $10 million recurrent grant scheme.
Obviously, this is very important material for SME wineries to be across. The seminars will give you, not only a mass of information critical to your business, but also the opportunity to input into the outcomes.
View the event flyer here and register for the Tasmanian event, Friday 18 August 2017 at The Sebel, Launceston (3.00-6.00pm - seminar, followed by drinks) - reduced registration of $104.50 for Wine Tasmania members.