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  • 25 Nov 2022 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for the American Distilling Institute's 2023 International Spirits Competition has recently opened and as part of your Australian Distillers membership we have arranged for members to receive a discount code.

    You will save $100 per spirit off the non-member rate. And, any spirit entered by February 3, 2023 will automatically save an extra $50/spirit from their early-bird discount.

    American Distilling Institute (ADI) International Spirits Competition Benefits include:

    • Written feedback from judges for all entries.
    • Free entry into ADI's Excellence in Packaging Competition.
    • Top trophy winners can meet with the ADI's three retail partners, Binny's Beverage Depot, K&L Wine Merchants, and Total Wine & More.
    • New for 2023! Any International trophy winner that does not have US importation can meet with ADI's three import partners, Preiss Imports, MHW, and Aiko Importers.

    In addition, please note any spirits not yet imported into the US will need to complete the ADI free COLA Waiver application no later than February 3, 2023, and Spirits Registration closes March 3, 2023.

    Your can find all the details about the competition at by following the link below.


    To access the member discount code please follow the relevant link below. (Please note you will need to be logged into the member portal to access this code). Why not update your details whilst your there!


  • 22 Nov 2022 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Independent Stave Company (ISC) in conjunction with the Australian Distillers are pleased to announce the inaugural Young Distiller Fellowship Award is now open for nominations from distillers under the age of forty years old.

    The Award includes the following:

    • All expenses paid trip to Kentucky USA including:
    • Tour of ISC Kentucky Cooperage – maker of spirit barrels for many of the great bourbon distillers of the USA
    • Tour of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Cooperage – suppliers of quality used bourbon barrels
    • Tour of select ISC Distillery clients
    • Spirit barrel Oak 101 and tasting with ISC R&D Director – Andrew Wiehebrink
    • Accommodation and meals
    • Return airfares

    Please send all Award applications and enquiries to Australian Distillers.

    Nominations close on Thursday 22nd December 2022, the successful candidate to be announced at the 2023 Australian Distillers conference in Melbourne.


  • 16 Nov 2022 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian Distillers is pleased to release it's annual report with updates from the outgoing President, Stuart Gregor, CEO, Paul McLeay, the updates Committee of Management, Governance update, and both membership and financial reports.

    Access to the report for all members is below and will be emailed out.


    As Stu commented, "We have come a long way. A long way from my first conference in 2014 at Starward’s OG HQ in Essendon Fields when we had 24 attendees and 30-odd members. To the remarkable conference in 2022, a membership of 500-plus, a robust financial position and a new governance structure around the corner. I am thrilled that we were able to receive the full $350,000 excise relief in the 2021 Federal Budget – for me that was a red letter day."

    In his closing comments Stu stated "I know the Australian Distillers Association is in good hands with an active and responsible committee of management and competent, hardworking staff who will ensure we can continue to have a focus on safety and develop a focus on training to ensure sustainable growth.  Thank you for the memories and the honour of being your voice for the past eight years. I wish the incoming President all the very best; it is an exciting, rewarding and ultimately humbling role. See you at the Annual Conference next year for a drink at the bar."

  • 7 Nov 2022 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australian Distillers members elected Holly Klintworth of Bass & Flinders Distillery as their first female President at their Annual General Meeting held on Monday.

    Holly takes on the role following eight years with Stu Gregor, Four Pillars co-founder and industry stalwart, at the helm. Under Stu’s leadership, membership of the Association grew from 30 to over 400 members, as Australian distilling continues to boom and flourish.

    Remarking on her appointment, Ms Klintworth expressed her excitement in accepting the nomination as President and acknowledged Stu’s legacy and tireless advocacy in achieving the increase to the alcohol manufacturer remission scheme from $100,000 to $350,000 at the 2021 Federal Budget.

    Holly Klintworth                                                        Stuart Gregor

    “When anyone thinks of Australian Distillers or Four Pillars, they think of the inimitable Stu Gregor. He encouraged Australian Distillers to be forward-thinking and to adopt a growth mindset. He demonstrated that our industry is capable of so much more.

    “Stu was inspired by the generous spirit of Bill Lark and Spike Dessert who believed so passionately in lending a helping hand to the next generation of Australian distillers. Thank you to Stu for maintaining the legacy of the giants whose shoulders you stood on.

    “I look forward to continuing your strong, reliable and committed leadership as we embark on the next chapter of our growth and embrace new opportunities to showcase incredible Australian spirits to an ever-growing and passionate Australian and global consumer base.”

    Holly is supported on the Australian Distillers Committee of Management by Vice President and Australian Distillers Hall of Fame inductee, Cameron Syme, and Secretary/ Treasurer, Stephen Parry of Pattex Distillery, who continue in their roles.

    The Association also welcomes new Committee members Cameron Mackenzie of Four Pillars (VIC), George Georgiadis of Never Never Distilling Co.(SA), Adam Pinkard of Adams Distillery (TAS) and Kate Sinfield of Sin Gin Distillery (WA).

  • 20 Oct 2022 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ABAC have now completed a follow up of the issues arising from the recent compliance monitoring project. The ABAC Management Committee is waiting for the JWS Research report which has been delayed as the project leader is currently on extended leave. There are now three useful resources for ensuring responsible placement of alcohol marketing.

    The Paid and Placed and Organics Marketing compliance checklists have been approved at the last ABAC Management Committee meeting and they have been placed on the ABAC website. There is now a paper that outlines the age restriction controls and platform policies available for Facebook and Instagram for both brand accounts and influencer posts. The latter document arose from queries raised during the compliance monitoring project.

    Members should let your staff know: -

    1. The importance of applying age restriction controls to a brands digital marketing, including requiring influencers to age restrict their Facebook and Instagram posts promoting an alcohol brand (AW&G have started this);
    2. The importance of marketing teams being familiar with the attached resources;
    3. and encourage relevant staff (in particular marketing teams) and also their agencies to sign up to receive ABAC news via this link.(ideally this link should be included in induction materials for new marketing staff, or a new agency).

  • 20 Oct 2022 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Technical Standards Project Group hosted the Scotch Whisky Association to discuss Geographical standards and other issues for the preservation of Whisky in a global context. You opened the meeting. The slides and video can be viewed in the Members Portal.

    The Safety and Sustainability Project Group hosted hosting a webinar on Sustainability certification on 5 September. It was very well attended with more than 100 registering.

    The beginning of November we will be hosting a webinar Inventory Management Systems and craft distillery management software hosted by Five x 5 Solutions.

  • 20 Oct 2022 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Along with the WADG, we have written to the WA government seeking funding for a project similar to the SA Industry Blueprint. The TWSA is in a similar position. We will do a similar project in the other states.

    Thank you to Manildra for sponsoring Adam PINKARD to attend their annual meeting and speak about safety. Those lucky enough to hear his talk on safety at the conference will appreciate the impact. If you missed it, go to the safety and sustainability page to watch the video.


    The working party for the Victorian Distillery door program has yet to receive Government sign off. However, we anticipate it to be approved soon. I have attached an update for the streams and the terms of reference for the group.

    In summary,

    • Each distillery with a distillery door will receive $70K in funding for distillery door improvements
    • Each distillery without a distillery door will receive $20K in funding for safety or sustainability works
    • Benchmarking report of the size, scope and Scale of the Victorian industry
    • Establishment of an Industry owned RTO to offer Cert III in distilling and Certificate IV in distilling, as well as free micro-credentials such as WHS, RSA, social media, etc
    • Development of a safety program
    • Development of an export portal for Victorian producers
    • Employment of a Project manager to promote the objectives of the distillery door program and safety program.

    After 12 months, the RTO will be available to all distillers, Australia wide. A rebate for each course will be paid to the Australian Distillers to enable ongoing funding and development.


    QLD tafe have agreed to establish a Certificate III and Cert IV in distilling to be offered to QLD distillers.

    Watch this space for more information.


    Update on the SA Container Deposit Scheme.
    In September 2021, a discussion paper was released for public consultation on reviewing South Australia’s container deposit scheme: Improving South Australia’s Recycling Makes Cents.

    In response to the discussion paper, the EPA received 250 submissions from the public, Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) stakeholders, environment and community groups, industry and government and a summary of these responses is now available here.

    Overall, consultation feedback showed support for modernising CDS operations. This includes new technologies, improved community accessibility and service experience and to introduce a more streamlined and effective CDS governance arrangement with a preference for a centralised scheme coordinator model and an improved fee structure.

    The State Government will continue to work directly with key stakeholders to develop draft legislative changes to improve the container deposit scheme for beverage producers, recyclers and the community. The EPA will be consulting on the draft legislation when it is prepared.

    The SA State Government proposes the alignment of container scope across all states and territories, establishing a single national approval portal and maintaining deposit amount (and reviewing if it should be increased) and notes it is continuing to be being progressed nationally.

    We will be writing to oppose the CDS to full bottled spirits because of the cost impact to small producers and there being little evidence that full spirit bottles are a significant feature of litter in Australia.


    Australian Distillers and Archie Rose hosted a unique event last month, a special behind the scenes tour of Archie Rose's new establishment at Banksmeadow. Thanks to Will and Dave for hosting us and sharing their story.

    NSW Container Deposit Scheme.
    This week, the NSW Government, through the EPA and Minister James Griffin (Environment) announced proposed changes to the NSW Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn.The NSW Government is proposing to include all beverage containers (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) between 150ml and 3L, except for plain milk and registered health tonics as part of the scheme.

    We will be writing to oppose the changes to full bottled spirits because of the cost impact to small producers and there being little evidence that full spirit bottles are a significant feature of litter in Australia.

  • 20 Oct 2022 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the change in the federal government, we are advised that health bureaucrats are using this as an excuse to re-introduce problematic language to increase the scope of FSANZ beyond its current remit.

    Along with our colleagues at Spirits and Cocktails, The Australian Distillers view is that it is a good time to review and update the FSANZ Act to reflect contemporary needs for industry and consumers. There is scope to modernise the Act and improve efficiency in the regulatory system. It is important that FSANZ remain focused on its core business – ensuring consumers have confidence that food is safe through the regulation of additives and contaminants to prevent acute diseases and food handling processes are hygienic

    • This is important not just for Australians, but for our export markets as well
    • Its current resourcing means that some applications to reform the Code to respond to industry innovation can take many years

    Expanding FSANZ’s remit to include issues like sustainability and packaging will stretch its resources further into areas it does not have expertise. While FSANZ should ensure consumers have transparent information to make informed decisions, to expand its role to intervene in longer term disease from lifestyle and behavioural choices will duplicate its work with health agencies, creating regulatory complexity for industry. Health departments and the national drinking guidelines already have clear recommendations around the consumption of alcohol, and consumer education should be channelled through those agencies.

  • 20 Oct 2022 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Progress has been made on socialising the need for a Parliamentary inquiry into the spirits industry. We have recommended for the terms of reference to be:

    1. Examine the current and potential contribution of distilled spirits to the Australian economy and employment,
    2. Identify key barriers to growth of the industry, and propose solutions to address these barriers
    3. Identify the optimal regulatory framework and settings to promote sustainable growth

    Further details will be announced in the coming month.

  • 16 Sep 2022 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Notice from the City of Sydney - 'Open for feedback'.

    The City of Sydney is seeking your feedback. This annual survey will help them understand the continuing impacts of the pandemic, check on current business needs and monitor economic trends.

    8 August 2022 to 18 September 2022

    What we’re doing

    We invite you to share key insights on your business needs, priorities and operational challenges.

    We want to hear from City of Sydney retailers, creative businesses, tourism operators, hospitality owners, and businesses working in professional services and technology.

    Your responses will help shape our business support initiatives and ensure our recovery plan continues to align with your needs and priorities.

    Why we’re doing this

    First prompted by Covid-recovery, our previous surveys in 2020 and 2021 directly informed new initiatives to support business. These included activations like the al fresco city program, CBD activation grants, the CBD revitalisation campaign, outdoor dining initiatives, free capacity building programs like Reboot and Charge Up Challenge.

    How you can give feedback

    The survey closes at midnight on Sunday 18 September 2022.

    There are several ways you can provide your feedback:

    1. Complete our survey

    2. Email


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