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Wine tasting and sales at the cellar door are subsidised for Victorian winemakers

Victoria's State of Emergency

The Victorian Government has announced tax measures to support businesses through Victoria’s State of Emergency, as part of a broader economic survival package to support business and jobs in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

What is the Victorian subsidy?

Victorian wine producers can claim a subsidy for cellar door and mail-order sales, and for certain uses of their own wines. A subsidy is also paid for wholesale sales of low-alcohol wines (see s177(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998).

The subsidy helps to offset the impact of Commonwealth taxes on sales of locally produced wines and low-alcohol wines. An eligible licensee may claim the subsidy once they have paid the relevant Commonwealth wine tax and exhausted their entitlement to any Commonwealth rebate.

Are you eligible?

You may claim the subsidy if you hold a current liquor licence that authorises the relevant sales or uses, you have paid the wine equalisation tax (WET) and exhausted your entitlement to any other Commonwealth rebate.

The Victorian Liquor Subsidy Guidelines, outline your obligations and the claims process.

Claiming a subsidy

Please complete and lodge the Liquor Subsidy Claim Form-01.

Certain supporting documentation is required for the first claim in each financial year. You must also keep records and provide these to us on request.

Complete the claim form

Liquor licences

For all inquiries about liquor licensing, please contact the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

Last modified: 1 May 2020
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