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Our role

Wine Australia is governed by the Wine Australia Act 2013. Our role under the Wine Australia Act is to:

  • coordinate or fund grape and wine R&D, and facilitate the dissemination, adoption and commercialisation of the results
  • control the export of grape products from Australia, and
  • promote the sale and consumption of grape products, both in
  • Australia and overseas.

Our five-year Strategic Plan 2015–2020 and our Annual Operational Plan 2019–20 outline our key investment priorities, which are guided by the Australian grape and wine community’s priorities.

The Strategic Plan was developed following extensive consultation with grapegrowers, winemakers, sector bodies, government and other key stakeholders. It shows:

  • our vision is for a prosperous Australian grape and wine community
  • our priorities are to increase demand and the premium paid for all

Australian wine and to increase competitiveness.

We seek to foster and encourage a prosperous Australian grape and wine community by investing in RD&E, building markets, disseminating knowledge, encouraging adoption and ensuring compliance.

We work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders along the supply chain. AGW is our representative organisation under the Act.

We collaborate with our marketing and other like-minded partners on international engagement. These partners include wine businesses, Australian Government agencies such as Tourism Australia and Austrade, regional associations, state governments and other RDCs with market development responsibilities.

The Australian Government is a co-contributor of RD&E funding. We also work closely with the Australian Government to enhance market opportunities and reduce barriers to trade.

Our research providers include AWRI, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the National Wine Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC), universities and state agencies.

We invest with other RDCs in cross-sectoral collaborative research to deliver RD&E benefits to the broader community.

Our governance and operations seek the best possible return on the investment of our RD&E, marketing and regulatory funds.