A range of State Government grants are now open for suitable wine industry applicants. This funding is spread across innovation, marketing, tourism, investment and planning programs. Many have uncapped funding available and offer unique business support and guidance to grow your business.

Deadlines for these applications range from September 2015 to June 2016.

Tourism Victoria: Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program


This program provides investment to develop tourism infrastructure. This funding is open to tourism related businesses, investors, local government and tourism associations. This grant has $7 million dedicated to tourism growth over the next four years.

Grants are limited to $250,000 - $750,000 with at least equal funding from another source. Projects of greater or lesser value will be considered subject to merit. The full application and assessment process can be accessed here.here.

Applications will need to be submitted through the Business Victoria website. The deadline for this grant is 5pm on Wednesday September 9, 2015.

Food Source Growth Grants

$20 million worth of funds have been allocated to for Food Source grants in Growth and Planning areas. Food Source Growth Grants are available for food and agriculture businesses based in Regional Victoria to develop growth in exports and creating jobs. This grant is uncapped and provided on a co-contribution basis, with applicants contributing at least half of the total project costs. Applications are open until June 30, 2019.

This grant covers:
• Training solutions to build business, export and entrepreneurial skills with TAFE and university sector;
• Market research for marketing programs and strategies;
• Freight and logistics initiatives.

Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.

Food Source Planning Grants

The second funding available for food and agriculture businesses is the Food Source Planning Grant. This grant provides recipients access to business advisors to support the development of Growth Plans. This grant is uncapped, funding will be provided on a co-contribution basis, with applicants contributing at least one third of the total project cost. Applications are open until June 30, 2019.

This grant covers:
• Development of business and export strategy (domestic and international);
• Assessment of business performance;
• Consultation and practical recommendations.

Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.

Regional Jobs Funds: Innovation and Productivity, Investment Attraction and Market Access

The Regional Jobs Fund is to support job creation and retain existing jobs. It is targeted at assisting regional businesses to grow their workforce, expand markets and create jobs of the future. The fund is broken up into three grant programs: Innovation and Productivity, Investment Attraction and Market Access. These grants are uncapped with $200 million worth of funding available.

Innovation and Productivity:
The Innovation and Productivity program aims to improve regional industry and business productivity to ensure the long-term sustainability of employment and business growth.

The program supports funding for:
• The adoption of new technology and innovation processes
• The introduction of equipment that drives more efficient use of assets and greater supply chain integration.

The closing date for this program is June 30, 2016. Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.

Investment Attraction:
The Investment Attraction program aims to improve grow existing or attract new businesses and industries to regional Victoria.

The Program supports activities that enable the realisation of an identified business growth opportunity such as footloose investment attraction, investment in facilities expansion and strategic industry investment planning.

Closing date for this program is June 30, 2016. Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.

Market Access:
The Market Access program aims to grow regional export potential and access to new markets for business and industry groups.

The program supports funding for:

• Investments, projects and activities to create engagement with new markets (domestically and abroad);
• Industry development, capacity building, strategic export planning and targeted industry development projects.

The closing date for this program is June 30, 2016. Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.

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On August 28 a wine industry leaders' meeting 'Grape and Wine 2015 – A Focus for Action' will be held in Adelaide with topics focusing on profitability and optimising regional representation.

To ensure all industry members and key issues are represented at this meeting the Winemakers Federation of Australia are conducting a Grower and Winemakers Survey.

The survey will take only 15 minutes of your time but will have the potential to significantly impact future changes in the industry.

Have your say, take the survey here.here.

Survey closes on August 19.

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Cellar Door Rebate Guideline updates
Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00

The Victorian Treasurer has recently approved new Guidelines for the payment of liquor subsidies to eligible Victorian liquor licensees. The Victorian liquor subsidy scheme enables Victorian wine producers to claim a subsidy on certain retail sales and applications to the use of their own product. It also provides a subsidy for the wholesale sale of low-alcohol wine. The scheme is administered by the State Revenue Office (SRO)State Revenue Office (SRO)

The new Guidelines do not make any major changes to the subsidy scheme.

The Guidelines reflect:

• Updated references to the Victorian liquor licences used to authorise the supply of a wine-maker's own product and to the amount payable by the Commonwealth under the producer's rebate on the Wine Equalisation Tax;

• The removal of the requirement for the value of the subsidy to be passed on to the consumer – subsidy recipients will now be required to include an acknowledgement, 'subsidised by the Victorian Government', on invoices.

The SRO is also producing a new subsidy Claim Form that can be completed and lodged online. The Guidelines and Claim Form are available online here.online here.
Current recipients will receive a letter from the SRO notifying them of the changes of the Guidelines and Claim Form.

For questions about the Guidelines please contact Sue Kaufmann, Policy and Legislation Branch, SRO by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on (03) 9628 0228. For enquiries relating to the process for making a claim and obtaining payment please contact Erin Turner, Branch Technical Officer, Payroll, Returns, Entitlements & Strategy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by phone on (03) 9628 6737.

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Update from the Chair - Damien Sheehan
Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00

In the past month Wine Victoria has remained committed to keeping the ball rolling and keeping our eyes focused on our goals.

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