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30 Jan 2023 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

On behalf of our members, we have lodged a joint Pre-Budget Submission, with our colleagues from Spirits and Cocktails Australia, for consideration ahead of the 2023-24 Federal Budget.

Our submission calls on the Government to make modest changes to Australia’s spirits tax regime – by reducing the spirits excise rate and freezing CPI indexation – to create the conditions for the sustainable growth of the Australian spirits industry.

The key messages underpinning our submission include:

  • Australia’s spirits tax is unsustainable.
    • Australia already has the third highest spirits tax in the world.
    • The tax on spirits is more than double that of beer and wine.
  • This is a major handbrake on jobs, investment and innovation.
  • We all know, you can’t grow an industry by taxing it more.
  • We are calling for an immediate freeze on the excise to unleash the potential of Australia’s most exciting industry.

This latest CPI increase means we are now staring down the barrel of paying $100 tax per litre of alcohol. This means Australian distillers cannot adequately invest to expand our businesses and explore new opportunities, like export or distillery door tourism. This particularly impacts regional communities because two-thirds of distilleries are based in regional areas. It also runs contrary to the government’s ambition to build local manufacturing capability.

We need you to write to your local MP to seek their support to fix our unsustainable spirits tax. We have attached a draft for you to use, or you can use your own words.


To view the Pre Budget Submission please follow the links below.


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