2018 Microbrewing Course Intake – TAFE Ultimo (Sydney)

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Following the success of TAFE NSW’s inaugural Certificate III in Food Processing (Microbrewing) run in 2017, the call is going out for applicants for the 2018 intake. View/Download Info Sheet: TAFE NSW Cert III Food Processing (Microbrewing) Please email Sydneytafe.microbrewing@tafensw.edu.au for further information and an explanation of the application process. Previous applicants should also make…

September 2017 Advocacy Update

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FEDERAL ISSUES The IBA has commissioned Essential Economics, the authors of our National Economic Evaluation, to complete some modeling look at the cost benefit analysis to the Government of providing additional support to the independent brewing industry by raising the small brewers rebate to a level equitable with the support received by the wine industry….

Practical aspects of manufacturing malt for brewing

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              By Ken Steer-Jones MDip Contributions from Alan Brown, Bob McWilliam, Mark Kinsman, Ben O’Gorman Barley has been malted for over 3,000 years.  It is a natural process, the basic principles of which have changed little over hundreds of years.  But only in the past 50 years or so…

Mental Health & Small Business

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Owning or working in small business can sometimes feel like a roller-coaster ride – there can be lots of highs and lows along the way. The Hunter Institute of Mental Health are researching the wellbeing challenges that might occur in small business, and need your help.   The aim of the research is to gather information…


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Federal issues In August our Executive Officer Chris McNamara continued to meet with Federal politicians to discuss the independent brewing industry and our National Economic Evaluation. Our concerns have been given a fair hearing in these meetings but we can be under no illusions that getting substantive changes made to the current excise system will…

July 2017 Advocacy Update

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National Economic Evaluation On the 4th of July we launched our National Economic Evaluation. Two copies of the report (one via email and one via post) has been sent to every Federal politician.  We have followed that up with a number of personal meetings where we have outlined the contribution the independent brewing industry makes…

Australian Independent Brewers Day

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On the 4th of July the Independent Brewers Association launched Australian Independent Brewers Day to highlight its National Economic Evaluation report.   Below you can read our press release and here are some links to the great press coverage we received: http://www.afr.com/business/tourism/craft-brewers-push-for-tax-concessions-20170702-gx39mw http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/craft-brewers-roll-out-the-barrels-as-industry-continues-to-expand/news-story/4592e9552af40120778fac765c43cd4f http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/victoria-emerges-as-australias-craft-beer-capital/news-story/61b244a8ee36a82e651a54e0a8ea0d96 https://craftypint.com/news/1560/Strength_In_Numbers http://www.brewsnews.com.au/2017/07/indie-brewers-unveil-economic-data/ http://www.3aw.com.au/podcast/craft-beer-makers-cry-out-for-tax-breaks-similar-to-the-wine-industrys/ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-04/independent-brewers-call-for-excise-relief/8675716 http://www.drinkscentral.com.au/4751?Article=independent-brewers-association-launches-fair-tax-campaign http://www.theshout.com.au/2017/05/07/article/Independent-Brewers-call-for-government-to-support-growth-industry/NSRBUSLBLL.html Small Australian brewers claim their…

Important changes for excise

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Some good news out of the ATO this week with regards to lodging and paying excise monthly. From 1 July 2016, a range of small business tax concessions became available to all businesses with turnover less than $10 million. Small businesses may now be eligible to report and pay excise duty monthly rather than weekly. Follow…