The distilling industry has been invited to contribute to the review of Australia’s excise systems, which is being conducted by the Government’s Deregulation Taskforce.

The comprehensive review is aimed at cutting regulatory overheads for business and supporting new investments in our world-leading beverage manufacturing sector. The Federal Government’s call for input into the review from the distilling industry has been welcomed by Spirits and Cocktails Australia (SCA).

SCA CEO Greg Holland said: “This is an important opportunity for distillers of all sizes in Australia to help overhaul a regulatory system that has been criticised by numerous government and independent reviews as complicated and unfair.

“We thank the Government’s Deregulation Taskforce for the invitation to help make Australia’s out-of-date excise system better and will be encouraging all our members and affiliates to do so.

“We also recognise the hard work that has been done by the Taskforce to date to prepare the consultation paper that was released jointly by Ministers Sukkar, Morton and Wood earlier this week. By meeting with more than 40 industry leaders during the initial stages of this review, the Taskforce has pinpointed some of the most relevant and urgent regulatory problems affecting our industry.

“It is now up to all of us to make the most of the opportunity to affect change by giving our feedback via submissions.” 

The Deregulation Taskforce’s consultation paper and instructions on how to make a submission are available here. Submissions close on 31 August 2021. 

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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