Code of Conduct
A new Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct was launched in December 2008. It was developed by Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) and the Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) in the interests of a sustainable Australian wine industry following a recommendation by a Federal Senate enquiry in 2005. The research and development of the Code was supported by the Federal Governments Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
The aim of the voluntary Code is two-fold: firstly to establish a common Australian wine grape supply contract framework and secondly, to provide a dispute resolution system to manage disagreements which exist over price or quality assessments. The minimum requirements set out in the Code have been agreed to by the lead industry organisations for both grapegrowers and winemakers.
All elements of the Code apply to new contracts and major variations of agreements between grapegrowers and signatory wineries about the sale and purchase of wine grapes from the 2009 vintage and beyond.
For further information, please download the documents listed below, or go to the Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct website.
Code of Conduct signatory form (for wineries wishing to become signatories to the Code)