Exporting wine

Under Australian Grape and Wine Authority Regulations, all wine shipments over 100 litres require export approval. The purpose is to protect the reputation of Australian wine by assisting operators in the Australian wine sector to comply with international regulatory requirements, monitoring compliance with relevant elements of Australian law and investigating breaches when detected. 

The approval process includes the following steps:

  • Licence to Export
  • Product Registration
  • Export Permit

Exporters can submit applications either online via the WEA system or by submitting downloadable forms and forwarding to Wine Australia. Licences can be applied here.

Australian Grape and Wine Authority Regulations allow for an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for the review of a refusal by Wine Australia to grant, revoke, suspend or cancel an export licence or issue an export certificate.

An application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for the review of:

  • A refusal by AGWA to grant an export licence.
  • A refusal by AGWA to issue an export certificate.
  • A decision of AGWA to revoke an export licence.
  • A decision of AGWA to suspend or cancel an export licence.

The person making an application to the AAT for a review of a decision made by AGWA is responsible for their own costs, including legal representation if desired.