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Brewers Association of Australia

The Brewers Association is the peak body representing leading beer makers and beer lovers across Australia. After all, 9.1 million Aussie beer drinkers paying $4.2 billion in beer taxes each year cannot be ignored.

Crafting Australia's premier and best loved beers, our members make some 90% of beer sold in the country to be major contributors to the economic and social lifeblood of the nation.

Hot Issues

Consultation on Extending Support to Craft Brewers & Distillers

While welcoming bipartisan support for the proposal, despite these changes Australians will still pay among the highest excise on beer in the world, in addition to a 10% GST. These taxes on beer drinkers netted the Australian Government $4.2 billion last year. Only by reducing current excise rates across the beer category will these cost of living pressures on Australians be eased...

ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan

Any reforms must target the harmful consumption of alcohol, while not adversely affecting the overwhelming majority of the population who consume responsibly and sociably. The drivers of alcohol misuse and anti-social behaviour among a small part of the population are complex and must be addressed directly, not through population-wide measures that are ineffective and ultimately penalise responsible consumers...

Pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages

With exceptionally high awareness and comprehension, especially among women of childbearing age, the current on-label pictogram has been very effective. Australia's major brewers have been 100% compliant with this voluntary regime since 2014, so it would be inherently unfair to ask them to go to that effort twice, when others have failed to comply at all. Any new regime aimed at bringing the rest of industry up-to-speed must mirror the labelling already in place...

Latest News

Pregnancy warning labels a 'no-brainer', say Brewers

After six years of voluntary pregnancy labelling and two government surveys to measure uptake, the best the alcohol industry could muster was 75% compliance.
Clearly, that’s nowhere near good enough. Despite our members leading the way with 100% compliance under voluntary labelling since 2014, governments expected that all of industry would carry the warnings - not some or even most, but all...

Beer & the taxman’s triple tipple

Most punters don't know the taxman slugs them three times when buying their beloved brews. First is the excise on beer, next the GST on the excise, and then GST at the retail end - all told, that's $4.2 billion a year just from beer taxes. Our beer excise is among the highest in the world and automatically goes up every February and every August...

Aussies deserve credit for getting it right on alcohol

Brewers' Opinion Editorial published on 6 August 2018 in the Herald Sun details official government data demonstrating that moderate alcohol consumption is the norm in Australia, with the trends over time dispelling the hyped-up notion of a crisis of increasing alcohol consumption. On the contrary, Australians are better informed and more responsible than ever before...

Upcoming Events

Launceston BeerFest

Ring in 2019 at the Launceston BeerFest at Royal Park on 31 December, bringing together beer, beer-makers and beer lovers for a New Year's Eve special event...

Great Australian Beer Festival - Geelong

On Saturday 16 February 2019 Geelong Racecourse will host over 200 beers and ciders for the 6th annual Great Australian Beer Festival, including entertainment across 3 stages featuring 20 acts, a festival of food and, of course, all things beer - even beer cocktails!...

Melbourne BeerFest - Catania Gardens

Melbourne BeerFest at Catania Gardens, St Kilda, on 2 March 2019 will take festival-goers on a journey of beer and food discovery; exploring rare brews, beer/food pairing and unique recipes at free Masterclasses and tasting exclusive festival brews from around the Country, direct from the brewers themselves...