The first step is to read the Wine Australia Compliance Guide. Once this has been completed, the licence application is ready to begin.
The regulations require exporters of grape products to be licensed where individual shipments exceed 100 litres. Wine Australia considers each application against the following set of criteria outlined in Regulation 5(3):
- the financial standing of the applicant;
- whether the applicant has a place of business in Australia;
- the applicant's ability to obtain grape products from Australian suppliers;
- matters applicable to the person that relate to the promotion of the export of grape products, including matters that may affect adversely the export trade in grape products;
- any other matters relating to the promotion of the export of grape products, including the number of licences in force authorising the export of grape products in respect of which the applicant has applied for a licence; and
- whether Wine Australia has cancelled a licence held by the applicant; and
- if the applicant is an individual – whether Wine Australia has cancelled a licence held by a corporation of which the applicant was a director or a shareholder who held a controlling interest.
Licences can only be granted to a legal entity; either an individual or an incorporated body. Licences are not transferable, but an exporter may give permission to another exporter to ship their products as an Associated Exporter. Licences are renewable annually.
Applying for a Licence to Export
If you are a Wine Export Charge payer and not liable to pay the Wine Grapes Levy you can apply immediately for a licence.
There is a discounted application fee applicable to wine producers. Hence, if you are a Wine Grapes Levy payer you will need your LRS Account Number from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources before commencing a licence application. If you have forgotten your LRS account number the department contact is as follows, but please remember they cannot answer questions about the export licence application.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Telephone: 1800 814 961
Click on the Application for a Licence to Export to apply for a Licence to Export Grape Products.
- When your application is successfully completed an application summary will display.
- The details about how to pay for your licence is available on this summary. A credit card payment form can be downloaded using the link on the right.
- The licence fee must be paid before your application will be processed.
An exporter or producer may give permission to another exporter to ship their approved products by becoming associated exporters. The exporter or producer who owns the Continuing Approval Numbers is required to send a signed letter to Wine Australia on company letterhead with the following text:
I, the undersigned, hereby request that (name of Exporter) be added as an Associated Exporter. I acknowledge that (name of Exporter) will be able to enter the Continuing Approval Numbers I provide them to their Shipping Application. I understand this grants the Associated Exporter no additional authorisation beyond the ability to apply for an Export Permit. This is effective immediately and will continue until otherwise notified in writing.
The Associated Exporter must have a current Licence to Export and must obtain the Continuing Approval Numbers from the owner of the numbers. Wine Australia must be advised in writing if the arrangement is discontinued.