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Bushfire Support


Earlier in the year, the NSW Government announced its $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package and since then the NSW Wine Industry Association has been working directly with the government to help design funding that will specifically assist affected NSW wineries and grape growers to get back on their feet and foster long-term recovery.

Having started the ball rolling with funding to cover the testing of smoke effects on grapes (see box on right), 2 new major grants are now open to aid with repair and replanting and general recovery in non-disaster declared areas.

NSWWIA President Mark Bourne said, “These new grants are the result of much lobbying on behalf of the wine grape industry by the NSWWIA and others and represent very welcome good news for the wine grape industry in these difficult times.”

These 2 grants form part of the Supply Chain Support Grants (Stream 1).

Open now and closing 12 June 2020 (5pm AEST).


The Repair and Replanting Grant is to go towards projects that re-establish and repair vineyards directly damaged by bushfires including site clean-up, repair or replacement of netting, trellises and irrigation, technical advice and replanting. Grants are available up to $20,000 dollars per burnt hectare, to be matched by an equal cash or in-kind contribution from the business.

The Recovery Grant (non-disaster declared areas) may be used for, but is not limited to meeting standard business costs, including utilities, salaries and rent, seeking financial advice to support the recovery of the business, adjusting the business to be viable in the changed local context following the bushfires, or developing the business and extending business reach through marketing and communications activities.

Grants have a maximum limit of $10,000 per business.

Businesses must be in a Local Government Areas (LGAs) not declared under the natural disaster provisions. (Those regions declared under the natural disaster provisions - including Orange, Cabonne, Yass and Hilltops - already have access to separate grants and loans, as detailed HERE).

Mark Bourne commented, “Funding will be available in two streams, with this initial focus on supply chain support grants that will help cover the cost of resuming and maintaining production. Stream 2 covers sector development grants, supporting projects that helped affected industries create new jobs and build industry sustainability. We will continue to actively chase support for our industry through Stream 2 and hope to report some more good news soon.”


It is highly recommended that all people sign up to the NSWWIA newsletter via this website – please see the panel at the bottom of this webpage. This will ensure that all communications are received.

If you have any colleagues that are not already signed up, please also encourage them to do so, so that no important announcements or updates are missed.

Rebates for smoke testing

Submissions for rebates for smoke testing closed on Friday 20 March 2020.


Please note:

*total rebates capped at $250,000 unless otherwise notified

*The NSWWIA will administer the repayment of these monies for all legitimate claims. This will be made after all rebate claims are submitted.

*NSWWIA will notify any claimants if their claim was unsuccessful due to any reasons

*in submitting a rebate claim, all participants agree to submitting all relevant information to the NSWWIA should an audit be requested

*Claims are only to be made on grapes grown in NSW

*Disputes will be at the discretion of the NSWWIA in conjunction with NSW DPI

*All enquiries should be sent to


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