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Performance and reporting

Annual Report

The Wine Australia Annual Report 2020-21 (see Archived documents for previous years) details our activities and achievements in supporting a competitive wine sector and delivering on our  Strategic Plan 2020–25, our Annual Operational Plan 2021–22 and our Portfolio Budget Statements.

Best practice stakeholder consultation

Following input from rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) and cross-industry representative organisations, the former Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, released the Best Practice Guide to Stakeholder Consultation – Wine Australia (the Guide).

The Guide provides a set of guiding principles which apply to all RDCs – recognising that each RDC is different and engages differently with stakeholders. The Guide also outlines what good stakeholder consultation looks like for Wine Australia and describes how industry would like to be consulted in the identification of research, development and extension (and marketing) priorities.

Please find the overarching consultation plan that is informed by this Guide and industry specific information, with a view to making it easy for the Australian grape and wine sector to participate.

In the meantime, any questions or comments about the Guide can be directed to [email protected].

Extension and adoption review

One of the recommendations of the 2019 independent performance review of Wine Australia was that the organisation ‘review the way it manages extension and adoption of R&D outcomes and to consider whether a more structured approach is required’.

This report presents the findings of this review. The review looked at contemporary theories in extension, behaviour change and related disciplines, and examined how wine and other agriculture sectors in Australia are applying these. An extensive review of relevant plans, reports and survey findings was undertaken as well as comprehensive sector consultation of both service providers and sector practitioners. The findings from these analyses are applied and recommendations provided to Wine Australia to adjust its current approach with a sector strategy for extension and adoption proposed, see Extension and adoption strategy 202025

Adoption impact case studies

A range of good examples of extension activities working well in practice were identified during the course of the extension and adoption review. Case studies of the following programs are available: Growing Wine Exports, Grapevine trunk disease, Demonstration vineyards, Brettanomyces

Research and Development Projects

Export and Regional Wine Support Package final evaluation

Deloitte Access Economics conducted a final performance evaluation of the Export and Regional Wine Support Package (ERWSP) managed on behalf of the Australian Government by Wine Australia.

The report confirms that, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposition of deposit tariffs on Australian wine imported to China, the diligent administration of the ERWSP by Wine Australia has successfully facilitated the growth of the Australian grape and wine sector by increasing demand for Australian wine exports and international wine tourism, and strengthening wine export and international wine tourism capabilities. You can view Wine Australia management’s response here.

Board review

Effective Governance undertook an independent evaluation of the performance of the Wine Australia Board between February and April 2020.

The findings and recommendations from the evaluation were presented jointly to the Wine Australia Board and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

The executive summary of the report is available here.

Senate Order for Entity Contracts

30 June 2019 to 1 July 2020

Pursuant to the Senate Order for entity contracts the following table sets out contracts entered into by the Wine Australia which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive) and which:

a) have not been fully performed as at 1 July 2020 or before, or

b) which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 1 July 2020 

Most of the contracts listed contain confidentiality provisions of a general nature that are designed to protect the confidential information of the parties that may be obtained or generated in carrying out the contract.

The reasons for including such clauses include ordinary commercial prudence that requires protection of commercially sensitive information.

The accountable authority of Wine Australia has assured that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.

Download the list of contracts here 

Estimated cost of complying with this Order: $3,000.

Basis of method used to estimate the cost: Hourly rate to complete summary and load to website.

Senior Executive Remuneration

As required by the Australian Government, Wine Australia discloses the remuneration of its Senior Executives. The Remuneration Committee of the Wine Australia Board, ensures the appropriate oversight and approval of the remuneration policies and practices. The committee also reviews the remuneration policies and practices to ensure that there is alignment between executive reward and Wine Australia’s performance.

Wine Australia’s executive remuneration consists solely of fixed annual remuneration. Fixed remuneration takes into account the size and complexity of the executive’s role and the skills and experience required to succeed in such a position.

The information included in our Annual Report 2020-21 includes detail on the scope and value of remuneration for Wine Australia executive staff. Executive staff are defined to include the Chief Executive Officer and the members of the Senior Leadership Team. These executives have authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of Wine Australia.

Key requirements and definitions

Reportable salary is defined as the sum of:

  • gross payments
  • reportable fringe benefits, and
  • reportable employer superannuation contributions as reported in an individual’s payment summary. 

Contributed superannuation is defined as:

  • for individuals who are not in a defined benefit scheme, the defined contribution amounts.
  • for individuals who are in a defined benefit scheme (e.g. PSS and CSS), contributed superannuation includes the Notional Employer Contribution (NECR), Employer Productivity Superannuation Contribution (also known as the Productivity Component) and any Additional Lump Sum Contribution paid.

Reportable allowances equal the total allowances figure as reported in an individual’s payment summary. Reportable allowances exclude any allowances already reported in the gross payments line in the payment summary.

Gift Register

We report all gifts, benefits and hospitality received by our directors and senior management team over $50.

Reporting ensures our that we meet public expectations of integrity, accountability, independence, transparency and professionalism.

We update this list each quarter and we keep it on our website for twelve months. 

Cost Recovery Implementation Statement

The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Charging for Regulatory Activities) Order 2017 (Order) requires Wine Australia to maintain a cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS) relating to its regulatory charging activity.

A copy of Wine Australia’s CRIS which is valid from 1 June 2021 is available here.

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This content is restricted to wine exporters and levy-payers. Some reports are available for purchase to non-levy payers/exporters.