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. This will form the basis of our budget submission.
The dominant issue at present is container deposit legislation with schemes being introduced in New South Wales, the ACT, Queensland and Western Australia. You can read the latest information update here.
We have also been having discussions with the office of the Queensland Minister for Small Business, Leeanne Enoch, about how they can support independent brewing in that state. This is a conversation that we wish to extend to the Small Business ministers in each of the states. We will keep you updated on our results.