Questions and answers
What is the Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee?
The Victorian Government established a Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee (Wine MAC) to advise the Hon. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development (the Minister) on opportunities for and issues affecting the long term performance and sustainability of the Victorian Wine Industry.
The Wine MAC performs an essential role in assisting the Minister to support the Victorian wine industry, by providing her with advice on key issues facing the industry, up to date industry insights, and strategic direction for the industry.
What is the role of the Wine MAC?
The role of the Wine MAC is to provide advice and recommendations to the Minister. The Wine MAC has an advisory function only and is not a decision making body.
The role of the Wine MAC is to:
- identify and prioritise opportunities for and issues impacting on the long term performance and sustainability of the sector;
- provide advice and guidance to assist the Minister to advocate on behalf of the Victorian wine industry;
- provide advice and guidance to assist the Minister and the Department in developing and evaluating new and existing funding commitments, and other initiatives;
- facilitate effective communication between the Minister and the Victorian wine industry;
- facilitate effective relationships with wine industry stakeholder groups to inform and assist the Committee in its deliberations as required; and
- provide advice on other matters as requested by the Minister.
The Committee provides advice on the $1 million election commitment, which promotes wine tourism, boost cellar door visits and regional exports.
How has the Wine MAC been designed?
The Wine MAC has been developed following an election commitment made by the Victorian government. The Wine MAC has been designed in consultation with numerous and different sections of industry and with the Minister. The Terms of Reference was widely consulted on with peak industry groups and Victorian regional wine associations for comment. Other informal and formal consultation occurred throughout the development process.
Who are the members of the Wine MAC?
The Minister for Agriculture has appointed 12 current members to the Wine MAC. Members are appointed until 12 October 2018.
- Mr Damian Sheehan representing the Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee
- Mr Chris Dent representing the Murray Valley Wine Growers Inc
- Ms Angie Bradbury representing Wine Victoria
- Ms Natalie Pizzini representing the Victorian Food and Wine Tourism Council member
- Mrs Kim Chalmers from Chalmers Wine Pty Ltd
- Mr Leigh Devine from Timmering Wines
- Mr John Harris from Mitchell Harris Wines
- Miss Katherine Brown from Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard
- Mr Neil Burgess from Glenelg Shire Council
- Dr Mark Krstic from the Australian Wine Research Institute
- Ms Nikki Palun from Octtava Wines Pty Ltd
- Mr Michael Dal Zotto from Dal Zotto Wines.
Am I eligible to be a member of the Wine MAC?
When a vacancy arises, an Expression of Interest process will be undertaken to fill the vacancy by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. If you work in or have business interests in the wine industry or anywhere within the wine supply chain you are eligible to apply for membership on the Wine MAC. It is expected that applicants will have appropriate skills to contribute to the Wine MAC, which may include (but not limited to) wine making, grape growing, local government, research science, extension, wine trading, marketing, packaging, logistics and tourism.
Once appointed, all Members must complete a Declaration of Private Interests form each subsequent year and at times when their personal circumstances change.
What is required from Wine MAC members?
Wine MAC meetings are held 2 to 4 times per year. The initial term of the Wine MAC is three years. The timing of meetings will be determined by the Committee and depends on the nature of issues considered and outcomes required. In addition to meetings, members may be required to commit additional time for preparation and consultation with stakeholders and networks.
All members must work openly, cooperatively and effectively as part of a small, but diverse group committed to providing sound advice to the Minister. Members of the Wine MAC are required to participate in high level dialogue with relevant stakeholders on issues within the scope of the Wine MAC.
Are Wine MAC members being paid?
If eligible, the Chair and members are paid sitting fees in accordance with the provisions in the Department of Premier and Cabinet's (DPC) Appointment and Remuneration Guidelines for Victorian Government Boards Statutory Bodies and Advisory Committees. Member's reasonable travelling and other allowances are paid at the rates that apply for employees of the Department of Economic Development.