One Australian wine industry peak body by January 2014?

The entire Australian wine industry will be affected by such a dramatic structural reform as moving to a single peak body. Whether in favour or not, this has been the talk of the town in the wine industry for some time, with critics suggesting that there are too many different bodies performing overlapping tasks and the whole industry would benefit from being streamlined.

According to the WFA website, the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Wine Grape Growers Australia have formally proposed a merger of Wine Australia and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC).

The existing functions of Wine Australia and the GWRDC would come together into one organisation which “will provide for better coordination and alignment of activities, a greater responsiveness to emerging needs, and a stronger strategic focus for the industry as a whole”.

Read the proposal here

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