WFA's Action Agenda. What Does it Mean for Individual Wineries?

A seminar hosted by Finlaysons, Australian Wine Lawyers

Wine Roadshow XXII

*2:45pm Registration
*3:00pm Opening remarks from the chair

Will Taylor, Wine Partner, Finlaysons


An overview of WFA's Action Plans and what progress
has been made in implementing them

**Tony D'Aloisio AM, President, Winemakers' Federation of Australia

Tony is the former Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and was appointed President of the Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) on 1 April 2012.

Prior to his ASIC role, he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Australian Securities Exchange and before that Chief Executive of law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Tony was awarded the Australian Government Centenary Medal in 2000 for services to law and taxation. Among other senior appointments, he has been a member of the Board of Taxation and Director of the Business Council of Australia. His international experience includes being the former Chairman of the International Joint Forum.

Tony is a Director and shareholder in Oakridge Wines Pty Ltd, which holds vineyard and winery interests in the Yarra Valley in Victoria.

**Tony will be presenting his paper at the Yarra Valley seminar only; a local representative of WFA will present the paper on his behalf at the other seminars.




Dealing with the retail chains in 2014

Will Taylor, Wine Partner, Finlaysons

Will leads Finlaysons' Wine Group. His practice has, for over 20 years now, been focused virtually solely on the wine industry. He has extensive experience acting for large and small participants in the wine industry, in relation to joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, business structures, capital raising, succession planning and their general commercial activities such as entering into supply, processing and distribution contracts. He has also had his own wine business for the last 17 years.

4:10pm Questions

Afternoon Tea


Wine tax from a practical, individual winery perspective

Mathew Brittingham, Tax Senior Associate, Finlaysons

Mathew is a member of Finlaysons' Wine Group and is a taxation specialist. He advises a range of local, national and international clients on state and federal taxes. His broad expertise includes corporate restructures, consolidations, finance transactions, international tax and stamp duty.

Mathew has a particular interest in wine industry taxation:L and is constantly advising clients in the wine industry on WET matters and negotiating WET ATO audits. He is regularly sought to speak on WET at seminars for industry participants and professional advisers. Mathew is also a Chartered Tax Adviser.

5:00pm Questions

The wine/health debate – what it means for individual wineries and what they should do about it

Paul Evans, Chief Executive, Winemakers' Federation of Australia

Paul became Chief Executive of WFA on 1 July 2012.

He had previously spent seven years as Director of Government, Regulation & Community Affairs for Lion Nathan National Foods, before returning to Adelaide to open the first corporate office for BP in South Australia.

He also has extensive political experience, having spent eight years in senior roles with the Defence Department and the Federal Government in Canberra, including as Principal Adviser to the Minister for Defence.

During his time with Lion Nathan, Paul's responsibilities covered regulatory, consumer and sustainability issues and he worked across many of the issues that are central to the wine industry today, including policy development, responsible marketing, alcohol tax, product stewardship and preventative health.

5:30pm Questions

Panel session

There will be 25 minutes available for questions from the floor and general discussion.

6:00pm Refreshments
7:00pm Close
*Please Note: The Margaret River seminar will be held between 3.30pm and 6.30pm, followed by refreshments until 7.30pm.

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